Corporate Licensed Members

ICHCA’s corporate licensed members represent key interest groups and expertise clusters, all concerned with fostering knowledge and best practice within their own communities and across the broader cargo handling and transport chain.

ICHCA Welcomes MSC as New Associate and Board Member

The global association representing cargo handling companies, ICHCA International (ICHCA) is delighted to welcome Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), the world’s largest container shipping line as a new member with representation on its Board of Directors As a leading voice in a crucial sector of the global supply chain, ICHCA brings together a wide range of players that perform a vital role in driving the world economy.  The added knowledge and experience that the number one container shipping line brings will be a tremendous asset in carrying out ICHCA’s primary mission of maintaining and improving safety in all aspects of cargo handling. Dirk Van de Velde is MSC’s Chief EHSQ Officer and will be take up a board position at ICHCA.  “MSC has determined the Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Quality Governance topics (EHSQ) that are most relevant to our business, we have identified our priorities and are building on communication with the maritime stakeholders.  Our membership of ICHCA is a logical step following this assessment and the expansion of our activities,” commented Van de Velde. “In addition, we want to help address the increasing risks and calamities in the maritime supply chain today. In 2010 we created the Cargo Incident [...]

Serious injury to a crew member – fall from height in vessel hold whilst underway

A member of the crew was working in a cargo hold, lost balance and fell from a height. This resulted in severe head, back and chest pain. The crew member was air lifted for further treatment. The safety investigation revealed that immediately prior to the fall, the casualty’s safety harness was not secured to a fixed point, whilst he was shifting his position.   Please click here for the details     We are grateful to the Transport Malta Marine Safety Investigation Unit for providing details.  We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others.  If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate.  Please also review any of your relevant operations for similar hazardous conditions, risks, and controls.   Learning content like this is highly valuable as it is based on real-world experience.  We encourage everyone with publishable information about incidents to send it to us, so that we can raise awareness across the whole industry.  Please contact us at secretariat@ichca.com; sharing your insight could save a life or prevent injury.

Safety Alert: Fumigant poisoning on general cargo vessel with 1 person injured

A stevedore became sick after handling cans containing fumigant while discharging cargo from a general cargo vessel.  The stevedore experienced nausea, loss of balance, and nerve damage to his hand; he had an extended absence from work while recuperating.   The cargo of bagged sweet potato had been loaded at the port of origin in July 2021.  During and after loading, cans and pouches of aluminium phosphide fumigant had been placed between the bags of cargo.  The vessel sailed on 19 July.  Discharge operations at the destination port began on 10 October.  The operation was stopped following the discovery of open cans containing powder.  The crew then removed some of the fumigant from the cargo holds.  A specialist contractor subsequently brought in removed 150kg of fumigant from the cargo holds.   The stevedore became ill in the early hours of the next morning.   The fumigant was provided to the ship by one of the cargo suppliers, but it was likely that specialist fumigators were not allowed to board and deploy the fumigant due to the COVID-19 restrictions that were in force. The crew were not trained to deploy or remove the fumigant and the personal protective equipment they were [...]

Would you like to join the ICHCA Technical Panel?

The ICHCA Technical panel is the engine that drives our publications and guidance.  It is an unparalleled resource of expertise, experience, knowledge and passion for our industry. It is vital to us that we represent the extraordinary range of perspectives and professionalism of our members, sharing best practice to raise standards together.   The ICHCA Technical Panel is open to anyone who is an individual member or whose organisation is an ICHCA member.  If you are not already a Panel member and would like to be, simply send in your CV and we will do the rest.   For applications or further information, please contact secretariat@ichca.com

Proliferation of innovation in supply chain safety encapsulated in Awards Digest

TT Club and ICHCA’s concerted efforts to encourage improved levels of safety across the supply chain have brought significant results as evidenced by the number and quality of projects entered into the 2021 Innovation in Safety Awards.  The results of the over 30 organisations submitting their initiatives have now been compiled into a Digest to allow their full potential to be realised across the industry.   Initiated in 2016 and operated by ICHCA International, the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award has been designed not just to recognise excellence in the field but above all to both encourage further resource to be invested in safety issues, and to allow ground-breaking research to be accessed by all those operating the global supply chain.   “It is vital that the phenomenal work being carried out by the organisations that enter our Awards be made available to others who can benefit from the improved safety measures that are on display,” says Richard Steele, ICHCA’s CEO. “Consequently, we have produced this Innovation in Safety Awards Digest, which brings together details of a wide variety of products and procedures that achieve a demonstrable improvement in cargo handling and transport safety.” A copy of the Digest [...]

ICHCA celebrates webinar success! Recording Available – “Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies”

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the third video of the presentations.   Today's recording is "Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies" presented by  Joseph Zaki, LOKO AI.  Breakthrough & Emerging AI technologies are rapidly transforming the global supply chain. Learn how cutting edge AI trends in autonomous risk management and critical technologies are impacting the bottom line and reducing insurance costs across the supply chain.   Please click here to view the webinar recording If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   If you have any questions, please contact secretariat@ichca.com

We must innovate for a safer supply chain

So say TT Club and ICHCA which, with the support of TOC Europe, are emphasising their message by launching an inaugural Safety Village at the upcoming conference and exhibition in Rotterdam between 14th and 16th of June. The first of its type, the exhibition space will be dedicated to how innovation can lead to a safer supply chain. Recent widespread disruption to global supply chains and the consequent pressures on freight transport capacity and cargo handling facilities requires a corresponding focus on safety measures throughout the system. As the success of the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award programme, operated by ICHCA International, has proved, there have been numerous ground-breaking innovations with multiple applications aimed at reducing these safety risks. However, the two organisations are keen to raise the awareness of the need for continuous development of the ways that we manage safety. Featuring a meeting area and presentation facilities, the TT Club Safety Village will be the venue for workshops and panel sessions throughout the three days of the TOC Europe event. It will also provide opportunities for companies to showcase their innovative safety devices, processes and products. All aimed at championing safety in the supply chain and developing [...]

ICHCA celebrates webinar success -“How Video Analytics can make ports safer” – watch the recording here!

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the second of three videos of the presentations.   Today's recording is "How Video Analytics can make ports safer" presented by Ron Babski, Port of Virginia.   See a case-study in a real terminal environment showing how video analytics can identify risks and protect the workforce. Learn how Port of Virginia, working with its people and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety.   Please click here to view the webinar recording   If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   Look out for the third video in the series later this week!

ICHCA celebrates webinar success -“Be More Than a Bystander” – watch the recording here!

Last week we were delighted to host three world class speaker sessions at our ICHCA Technical Panel Webinar.  For those who were unable to attend on the day we are thrilled to be able to release the first of three videos of the presentations.   We start today with “Be More than a Bystander”. Introduced by ICHCA Chair John Beckett and Jessica Isbister from LWU Canada and presented by Ninu Kang, Executive Director and Corinne Stavness, Senior Manager of Prevention Services & Communications, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC). Learn how this powerful and proven program has addressed workplace bullying, harassment, and violence; transforming organisations and impacting thousands of workers to create more safe and respectful workplaces.   Please click here to view the webinar recording   If you are planning on watching the recording it will be available here until 6 June 2022, thereafter it will only be available to ICHCA members.   Look out for the next video in the series later this week!

ICHCA celebrates webinar success!

We are thrilled to report the success of our latest webinar which addressed Ending Violence in the workplace, using video to create safer working and how Artificial Intelligence can revolutionise the ways we can look at safety. Look out for the video on our website next week…

Women in Maritime survey highlights current gender diversity across the sector and sets a benchmark for progress

The IMO and Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA International) have published the results of a wide-ranging survey of maritime gender diversity.  The survey addressed: Industry – including ship owning companies, maritime associations, port operators; cruise; bunkering; fishing, offshore, towage, and dredging.  Here it found that overall, the share of women employees by sub-sector was 29%. IMO Member States – covering national maritime authorities, customs, border control, or representatives to the IMO, where it found that women make up around 20% of the workforce.   The survey also asked for the share of how many female seafarers a company employed. At less than 2%, the proportion of women employed as seafarers is small. Within the survey, most female seafarers are employed by the cruise industry.   “The purpose of this survey is not to shame and criticize, but to inspire and give a basis for action.” - Despina Panayiotou Theodosiou, WISTA International President   Benchmarking the current state of the sector is vital to measure results. The Women in Maritime Survey 2021 shines a spotlight on areas in which IMO Member States and the wider maritime industry are performing well – and those where additional attention, resources and encouragement [...]

International Day for Women in Maritime 2022

Today is the inaugural IMO International Day for Women in Maritime.   Its theme is "Training-Visibility-Recognition: Supporting a barrier-free working environment”.   Thanks to all who are working to create a more inclusive industry.

Current Awareness Bulletin – for IMO themes and news – MARCH 2022

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.   Please Click Here for the March 2022 edition This edition along with the back catalogue is also available at:  https://www.imo.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Pages/CurrentAwarenessBulletin-Default.aspx   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.

Serious injury to two crew members during an internal fuel oil transfer

Two crew were tasked with the internal transfer of fuel oil onboard a vessel in port. During the operation both crew suffered burns from the hot fuel oil. First aid was immediately provided and eventually, both crew members were transferred to a local hospital. Upon inspection of the engine room, it was observed that the fuel oil spillage originated from an open manhole cover on fuel oil settling tank no. 1.   Please click here for the details   We are grateful to the Transport Malta Marine Safety Investigation Unit for providing details.  We acknowledge their commitment to sharing learning to benefit others.  If you have similar operations, please share this information with managers, operatives and any potentially affected third parties as appropriate.  Please also review any of your relevant operations for similar hazardous conditions, risks, and controls.   Learning content like this is highly valuable as it is based on real-world experience.  We encourage everyone with publishable information about incidents to send it to us, so that we can raise awareness across the whole industry.  Please contact us at secretariat@ichca.com; sharing your insight could save a life or prevent injury.

Open to All Interested Parties ICHCA Technical Panel Meeting and Webinar – 19 May 2022

In the spirit of openness, sharing learning and improving communication the ICHCA Technical Panel Meeting is now also open to non-members.  We welcome participation from anyone interested in raising health and safety standards in the cargo handling industry.   19 May - Book now!   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   “Be More Than a Bystander”, learn how individuals can take responsibility for respectful interactions to help employers and employees enhance health and safety in workplaces.  How Video Analytics can make ports safer, learn how Port of Virginia, working with its workforce and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety. Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies, learn how cutting edge AI trends in autonomous risk management and critical technologies are impacting the bottom line and reducing insurance costs across the supply chain.   To view the full programme click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Ron Babski, Port of Virginia

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: How Video Analytics can make ports safer.  See a case-study in a real terminal environment showing how video analytics can identify risks and protect the workforce. Learn how Port of Virginia, working with its people and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety.   For further information, please click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!

Full Programme Released for ICHCA Webinar 19 May – Book now!

Full Programme Released for ICHCA Webinar 19 May - Book now!   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   “Be More Than a Bystander”, learn how individuals can take responsibility for respectful interactions to help employers and employees enhance health and safety in workplaces.  How Video Analytics can make ports safer, learn how Port of Virginia, working with its workforce and unions, delivered measurable improvements in safety. Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies, learn how cutting edge AI trends in autonomous risk management and critical technologies are impacting the bottom line and reducing insurance costs across the supply chain.   To view the full programme click here   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Ninu Kang and Corinne Stavness, Ending Violence Association of British Columbia

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: Be More Than A Bystander.  Learn how this powerful and proven program has addressed workplace bullying, harassment, and violence; transforming organisations and impacting thousands of workers to create more safe and respectful workplaces.   For further information, click here.   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!  

ICHCA Guest Speaker Spotlight – Joseph Zaki, LOKO AI

Register for free! -  ICHCA Technical Panel webinar sessions on 19 May   Book now to attend our the ICHCA Technical Panel webinar meeting on 19 May at 14:00 BST.  This is your opportunity to see three leading edge webinar sessions that we have lined up for you.   Today’s spotlight: Breakthrough & Emerging AI Technologies. Breakthrough & Emerging AI technologies are rapidly transforming the global supply chain. Learn how cutting edge AI trends in autonomous risk management and critical technologies are impacting the bottom line and reducing insurance costs across the supply chain.   We look forward to seeing you on the 19 May.  To register for this free event, please email secretariat@ichca.com - we guarantee that you will learn something new!