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March 2024 edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” available

For the latest edition of “Inside ICHCA Australia” please Click Here! About ICHCA – International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) is an international, independent, not for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains.  Read more   For previous newsletters click here:

A Joint Meeting presented by RINA London Branch: MOL Challenge to Achieve Zero-Emission by 2050: Wind Challenger Project

  Thursday 11 April 2024 at the Offices of The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, 8-9 Northumberland Street, London, WC2N 5DA From 17:30 for Seminar 18:00 - 19:15 For “In-Person” event register at For “Webinar” zoom event register at After registering you will receive a confirmation email regarding joining the zoom presentation. (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome, 2020)   IPPC material © IPPC

Pest Week 2024: IPPC best practice guide on measures to minimize pest contamination: “Sea Container Supply Chains and Cleanliness”

  Today we look at IPPC's own guidance on pest minimisation.   This IPPC Guidance identifies the key parties involved in the international container supply chains, and describes their roles and responsibilities for minimizing visible pest contamination of sea containers and their cargoes, and best practices they may follow to meet that objective.  It links to both the safeguarding continuum that we discussed on day 3 and the draft Recommendation R-06 Minimizing pest risk associated with sea-container pathway that we looked at on day 4 of our Pest Week 2024. How clean is a clean container? Clean means that the empty container’s exterior and interior and, for reefer containers, also the ventilation inlet grilles and floor drain holes, should, at the time of dispatch, have no visible presence of: Soil Plants/plant products/plant debris Seeds Moths, wasps, bees, beetles Snails, slugs, ants, spiders Mould and fungi Insect and bird droppings or waste Egg masses Animals, animal parts/blood/excreta and reproductive components or parts thereof Other contamination that shows visible signs of harbouring pest   Inspection health and safety All the guidelines stress the importance of safety due diligence when inspecting containers for visible contamination. For example, not entering a container [...]

Pest Week 2024: The Safeguarding Continuum from IPPC

    Today we consider the IPPC’s ‘safeguarding continuum’ and how the cargo handling industry can play its part in preventing invasive pest transfer. The Commission for Phytosanitary Measures has published a video, presented by Dr Osama El-Lissy, IPPC Secretary General, summarising the ‘safeguarding continuum’ principles which aims to be a “practical and effective approach to safeguard against the accidental introductions of pests via sea containers”.   Ports and terminals along with other supply chain stakeholders are expected to play their part and industry is invited to come forward with ideas about what this approach could look like. Managing the risk - IPPC Safeguarding Continuum The IPPC Safeguarding Continuum has four phases. Phase 1 “Starts at the port of departure or storage facilities and encompasses the mandatory cleaning and inspection of empty containers.  It begins with containers being washed, vacuumed or simply swept to ensure freedom from pests or contaminants.  Container depots have a particularly important role to play as they often act as the end and start points of container movement.”   Phase 2 “Includes the loading of cargo into the container.  The receiving party should verify that the containers have been adequately cleaned before loading them with cargo.  The loading [...]

Pest Week 2024: CPM Draft Recommendation R-06 Minimizing pest risk associated with sea-container pathway – coming up at CPM18

  A draft recommendation on minimising pest risk associated with the sea container pathway will be submitted to the CPM18 meeting of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations 15-19 April 2024.  If adopted, this will be the leading standard for action going forward.   The recommendation aims to raise awareness and suggest practices for reducing pest risks associated with sea containers.  It covers internal and external pest contamination in sea containers transported by sea, road, and rail. It has nine recommendations: Aim: Encourage globally consistent science- and risk-based measures to reduce pest risk. Raising Awareness: Calls on National Plant Protection Organisations to provide actionable information on phytosanitary requirements for sea-container pathways, to relevant parties. Reducing Pest Contamination: Encourages all parties in logistics to verify and prevent visible pest contamination. Visual Examination: Encourages visual examination of sea containers and cargoes for potential pest contamination. R-06 explicitly recognises that visual examination/inspection must be safe.  We believe that ICHCA has a particularly important role to play in supporting safe inspection guidance and practices. Methods to Remove Pest Contamination: sets out methods for removal or management of pest contamination, including safe disposal. Sea-Container Structure: Encourages modifications for future container builds to [...]

Pest Week 2024: International Plant Protection Convention and the Commission for Phytosanitary measures – Meet the regulatory champions

The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) is the intergovernmental treaty that aims to protect the world's plants, agricultural products and natural resources from plant pests. Ratified by 185 contracting parties, the IPPC develops, adopts and promotes the application of International Phytosanitary Measures as the main tool to safeguard global food security, facilitate safe trade and protect the environment. Plant Health & Food Security Limiting pest spread, protecting important crops, and collaborating across borders are necessary to feed our world of eight billion people. Pests can destroy crop fields, ruin national crop production systems, cause devastating famine, untold suffering and death. Although 80 percent of all food comes from plants, 40 percent of global crop yields are lost to pests. The IPPC Secretariat works with contracting parties to train stakeholders and deploy knowledge products to help them improve their national phytosanitary systems and capacity.  Seeking to prevent, detect and respond to pest incursions with the goal of a zero-hunger world. Plant Health & Safe Trade The Commission on Phytosanitary Measures and the IPPC Secretariat develop and adopt standards, recommendations, diagnostic protocols, and phytosanitary treatments. These standards provide international benchmarks for plant commodity trade under WTO agreement. Standards work is led by [...]

Pest Week 2024: Invasive Pests – understanding the risk

    In our first Pest Week 2024 article, we set out the scale and importance of managing invasive pests.  Our industry has an ongoing role in helping to manage this risk and ICHCA fully supports collaborative work to stop the unintended transfer of invasive pests  through the sea container pathway.  We will continue to work with partners to develop and implement approaches that work. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of The United Nations, plant pests are responsible for the loss of up to 40% of global agricultural crops each year.  They cause trade losses exceeding $220 billion annually.  There is international consensus among plant protection competent authorities that sea containers and their cargoes have the potential to carry and facilitate the introduction and spread of plant pests.  Introducing and spreading pests results in significant control and eradication costs, losses in yields and access to international markets and threatens food security and agriculture as well as the environment.   Example pests include the Khapra Beetle, Lymantria Moth, invasive ants and the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug. Plant Health & Food Security [] Keeping plants healthy means safeguarding global food security. Protecting plants and plant resources and important crops from pests [...]

Safety Alert: Falling Extractor Flue – Near Miss

  This incident relates to a flue pipe detaching from its position and falling onto a pedestrian area.  Fewer than the correct number of supports had been fitted.   In addition, users/owners of steel-clad portal buildings are advised to consider the strength and integrity of the steel sheeting and fastenings. Portal building manufacturers recommend unsupported 'tek' screws are used only to join sheets and flashing. When fixing additions to the building, the structural needs of the support also require assessment and the loadings need to pass through the external cladding to the structure. FOR THE FULL REPORT, CLICK HERE ICHCA International is committed to helping industry to learn lessons fast, learn them once and make sure that they stay learnt. This information is intended to provide all organisations in the cargo supply chain with the opportunity to consider the events and to review and adapt their own health and safety control measures to proactively prevent future incidents. We are grateful to the for Port Skills & Safety and Peel Ports for providing details and for raising awareness. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others. If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and [...]

Member Event: GreenTech For Ports and Terminals 7 – 8 May 2024

Our member Port Technology International (PTI) is delighted to announce the second edition of GreenTech For Ports and Terminals Conference which will be taking place at World Trade Center Barcelona on 7 – 8 May 2024! Member Event: GreenTech For Ports and Terminals 7 - 8 May 2024 Our member Port Technology International (PTI) is delighted to announce the second edition of GreenTech For Ports and Terminals Conference which will be taking place at World Trade Center Barcelona on 7 – 8 May 2024! GreenTech 2024 will focus on key topics such as electrification and alternative fuels, sustainable port infrastructure, the emergence of green shipping corridors, emerging technology/AI, digitalisation and decarbonisation. Our two-day agenda includes case studies and presentations by major stakeholders, as well as panel discussions featuring the latest strategies from the world’s leading ports. This year's event is the perfect opportunity for attendees to network with like-minded organisations, striving to attain their urgent sustainability objectives through strategic planning, collaborative efforts, and the integration of cutting-edge technologies, all while ensuring economic goals are met. Boasting speakers from organisations such as Port of Barcelona and Hamburg Port Authority, with more industry leaders joining the agenda on a daily basis, GreenTech [...]

Global Lifting Awareness Day 18 July 2024 Centres on Skills and Employment

  Powered by ICHCA member the Lifting Equipment Engineers Association (LEEA) and supporting organisations, #GLAD2024 is now a widely celebrated day where manufacturers, suppliers, and end users are among those that share material that promotes safe and high quality load lifting. As with previous years, LEEA is encouraging its members, end users, and everyone in between, to contribute by using the graphic and hashtag to celebrate their involvement with the industry and promote it as an interesting place to work, with skills and employment as suggested focal points of outreach efforts. Ross Moloney, CEO at LEEA, said: “GLAD is now positioned as a globally recognised concept and has achieved a brand-like status, perhaps ahead of schedule, following ongoing efforts from industry stakeholders to raise its profile. We’re looking to use its popularity to raise awareness of what our industry people do and what those outside of the sector need to do to become part of our world. This is why the themes LEEA will focus on this year are skills and employment.” Celebrate the lifting industry on Thursday 18 July — by including the #GLAD2024 hashtag across social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, adding the GLAD2024 logo to [...]

ICHCA Australia & Thomas Miller address battery fire risk management in Australasian Marine Surveyors publication

  Peter van Duyn, Master Mariner and Director of International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (Australia) and Marcus Johns, Managing Director, Thomas Miller each have an article in the March 2024 edition of Shipshape the magazine of the Australasian Institute of Marine Surveyors. Both address the fire risks associated with lithium batteries, with Peter’s article entitled “At sea lithium-ion battery incidents are on the rise” and Marcus’ “Lithium batteries white paper”. Peter considers if the current lithium battery categorisation in the IMDG Code - Class 9 Miscellaneous Dangerous Goods - is fit for purpose. Marcus examines the risk of transporting lithium-ion batteries and whether they pose a threat to the maritime supply chain. He also looks at topics such as special provisions for vehicle transport. Both articles are relevant to the work that ICHCA is doing alongside partners at the IMO reviewing the IMDG Code and in particular a correspondence group on vehicle carriage and special provisions. Follow the link to see the article: Shipshape March 2024 Peter's article refers to fires on board car carrying vessels. For more information on a vessel fire in 2023 please view our recent webinar Session 2 – Li-Ion Batteries and the Challenge for Seafarers [...]

ICHCA Member G2 Ocean, latest Safety Bulletin – Getting the job done

  ICHCA Member G2 Ocean, latest Safety Bulletin - Getting the job done The latest edition of G2 Ocean's Safety Bulletins can be found on the link below: CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SAFETY BULLETIN CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SAFETY BULLETIN IN PORTUGUESE (With thanks to ITF for the translation.) Message from G2 Ocean: "This edition of our Safety Bulletin is about stevedores being faced with a very unusual challenge. “Getting the job done” is part of the work ethos in most ports, and stevedores rightfully take pride in that. But responsive and innovative action has to fully consider safety. We are grateful to G2 Ocean for providing details and for raising awareness. We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others.

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – January 2024

  The latest edition of the Current Awareness Bulletin is attached.  The Bulletin provides a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO with each edition presenting headlines from the previous month.  Links to complete articles or abstracts on publishers' sites are included, although access may require payment or subscription.  The Bulletin itself is free to download and to redistribute.   CLICK HERE FOR THE CURRENT AWARENESS BULLETIN    This edition along with the back catalogue is available at:   The Current Awareness Bulletin is compiled by the IMO Maritime Knowledge Centre but is not an official IMO publication.  Inclusion does not imply any endorsement by IMO.

ICHCA Cargo Safety Coffee Break Webinar 12 March 2024 – Video Available!

    We are excited to release the video of our March 2024 webinar featuring two world class speakers Yucel Yildiz from RightShip and Adrian Scales from Brookes Bell. The video runs for approximately and hour and ten minutes and features presentations by Yucel and Adrian and a Q&A session.   WATCH VIDEO!   Session 1: Enhancing resilience and safety in ports and terminals via information sharing Yucel Yildiz, RightShip Incident and detention statistics indicate that Ports and Terminals face risks associated with vessels docking at their quays.  The availability of effective information and risk evaluation models, capable of providing operational risk foresight in advance of the port call, is key to manging these risks.  Currently, there is no common platform for recording and sharing information on operational events, unfavourable conditions, or items requiring heightened awareness among stakeholders.  Yucel Yildiz will explore how digital tools designed for safety, sustainability, and social responsibility best practices can enable ports and terminals to view and manage vessel-related risks before their arrival.  Furthermore, these tools will offer a platform for ports and terminals to share feedback, addressing safety shortcomings and improving information sharing among stakeholders, including stevedores, pilots, port operators, and harbour masters. [...]

Discover the Safety Village at TOC Europe 2024!

    ICHCA has once again teamed up with TT Club and TOC Worldwide to bring you the Safety Village at TOC Europe on 11-13 June 2024. If you are a safety innovator in the cargo handling industry, this is your opportunity to showcase your supply chain safety solution!   ICHCA will again be at the Safety Village exploring and spotlighting opportunities for safety innovation in our industry with a programme of speakers and the chance to share ideas and learning. We would be delighted to meet with any members who are attending TOC.  If you have a safety idea or concern that you would like to discuss, please drop by the Safety Village. We also expect to have opportunities for compact presentations on any cargo safety or innovation topic, if you would be interested in learning more please get in touch. We will provide more information as the programme shakes down and we would be delighted to meet with members and other safety innovators in person at the Safety Village. If you are planning to attend TOC Europe as a visitor or exhibitor please get in touch about speaking or just saying hello by emailing .   CLICK [...]

Safety Alert: Working safely with visiting drivers

  Two external HGV drivers attending a steel and metals terminal positioned their flatbed vehicles for loading of 10m x 2.5m x 20mm steel plate. Two terminal employees (a forklift truck driver and signaller/banksman) began the loading operation.   The plates had been loaded on the first flatbed. A final lift was made to allow adjustment of a timber bearer which had fallen on its side. One HGV driver adjusted the bearer by hand whilst the load was suspended by the forklift. His finger became trapped and was injured.   Lessons No vehicle should be (un)loaded by forklift unless all persons are in a position of safety. HGV drivers should be aware of and go to a safe position during the operation. This might be in their cab or designated safe zone, which is visible to the forklift driver and supervisor, signaller/banksman. No one should approach the trailer unless the forklift has fully withdrawn, the (un)loading operation has ceased and permission has been granted by the appropriate person (e.g.) by the supervisor, signaller/banksman. If a bearer requires adjustment, the forklift must withdraw the load fully and not approach again until all persons involved have returned to a place of safety [...]

LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER – ICHCA FREE CARGO SAFETY WEBINAR – Information sharing to enhance port safety resilience and Managing Lithium battery risk on vessels

  12 March 2024 at 14:00 GMT   Presented by ICHCA International in partnership with RightShip and Brookes Bell We are delighted to invite you to join us for a FREE webinar where you will hear from experts in global safety, sustainability and social responsibility best practices, casualty investigation and forensic analysis. The availability of effective information and risk evaluation models, capable of providing operational risk foresight in advance of the port call, is key to managing port vessel interface risks. Hear about an innovative approach to this challenge. Cargo transportation is on the front line of lithium battery fire risk, with significant potential exposure, including to fires aboard vessels. Learn about examples of Lithium battery failures and specific outcomes from a recent fire on a Pure Car/Truck Carrier. Explore with us how information sharing and understanding battery fire risk can make your organisation more sustainable through safety and help your people go home from work in the same condition that they arrived. Benefits of attending: • Find out if you can improve risk management at your terminal through enhanced vessel information • See the opportunities available right now to better understand the vessels coming to your terminal • Learn [...]

Member Event: Container Terminal Automation Conference, Europe, 17 & 18 April 2024

  Our member Port Technology International (PTI) is thrilled to announce the highly anticipated Container Terminal Automation Conference 2024, coming to the 5-star Hotel Balneario Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain.   CTAC is the premier content-first conference for container terminal operators in Europe, attracting 250+ delegates each year for 2 full days of knowledge-sharing and collaboration, to help the industry to become more efficient, sustainable and profitable. This year’s event will feature our essential CTAC themes, along with the exciting projects, technologies and business practices that have emerged since our previous edition. PTI are pleased to announce their first trip to Valencia, home to one of the most advanced ports on the continent and the 5-star Hotel Balneario Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain, excellent conference venue with a view of the Mediterranean Sea and the port. The venue provides a high-spec conference area and a charming setting for out-of-hours networking and social events. As with all PTI events, delegates from Ports and Terminals can attend for FREE! Join PTI in Spain for the biggest CTAC yet! Link - Date – 17 to 18 April 2024 Location - Valencia, Spain If you have any questions or are interested in registering, [...]

Safety Alert: Wear can reduce the safe working life of wire ropes

  On July 23, 2022, the cargo ship Thorco Basilisk was offloading a wind turbine component at a terminal when the hoisting wire rope on one of the ship’s cargo cranes failed, causing the component to drop onto the vessel’s cargo hold tween deck.   Thankfully, no injuries were reported. Damages to the ship and cargo were estimated between $3-5 million. Examination showed significant external corrosion and wear on the rope. However, the visible signs of external corrosion could not be fully seen until the grease on the rope was removed. Annual surveys had been performed on the wire ropes, but these principally involved visual inspections and did not identify the underlying corrosion below the grease. The rope was still within the standard 10-year period of use. Post incident examination found “the wire rope was near the end of its service life and probably should have been discarded.” The operating company has since updated their planned maintenance system to require crane wire rope replacement every 5 years. Report Link:   CLICK HERE FOR THE NTSB REPORT CLICK HERE FOR THE MARINE SAFETY ALERT FOR THE FULL REPORT CLICK HERE   ICHCA International is committed to helping industry to learn [...]