ICHCA concludes 72nd Technical Panel meeting in Liverpool, 25 November 2014
The International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association
(ICHCA) held the 72nd meeting of its ISP Technical Panel at the
Port of Liverpool from 10-12 November 2014.
Hosted by Peel Ports at Liverpool's Maritime Centre, the meeting
brought together experts and key players from across the cargo
handling industry. ISP addressed technical and safety developments
affecting ports and terminal operators.
Presentations were given throughout the two-day event by
speakers from DP World Southampton, ETS Consulting,
Conductix-Wampfler, Noatum Ports, Exis Technologies, Japan's
Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT) and
James Douglas, Director of Exis Technologies spoke about the new
Portal restrictions database for container lines, developed by
Exis with the support of several major lines that already use its
Hazcheck dangerous goods compliance systems. Exis is also the
developer of the CTUpack
e-learning course for those involved in loading and unloading
containers, and took the container packing game for the attendees
to play. Bill Brassington, ICHCA Deputy Chairman, won with the
fastest time and was rewarded with a bottle of champagne.
Peter Terry, Safety and Security Manager of DP World
Southampton, updated members on the use of a stability alarm
monitoring system using data from the straddle carrier's PLC. By
alerting drivers to stability issues, this has led to a large
reduction in straddles toppling over and resulted in significant
Jorge Martín Díaz de Espada, Health, Safety, Security &
Procurement Manager at Noatum Ports & Maritime spoke about the
European "SEA TERMINALS" initiative. "SEA" in this case is an
acronym for "Smart, Energy Efficient and Adaptive Port Terminals.
Following on from the EU GREENCRANES project, the initiative, which
brings together manufacturers and port operators, was established
to research and promote the adoption of low carbon, energy
efficient container port equipment, including LNG-powered and
all-electric equipment, plus low energy lighting. The project, said
Mr. de Espada, "would cover a number of pilot trials for new
equipment, coupled with a smart energy management system for
Bill Brassington, Principal at ETS Consulting, also discussed
risks posed by the eccentric loading of cargo units and how these
are accentuated by the reported rise in average container gross
mass. Mr. Brassington highlighted research by ETS Consulting to
back up his concerns and confirmed its commitment to highlighting
this issue to the industry along with new legislation on container
weight verification and the CTU Packing Code.
On a related topic, Beat Zwygart, Manager of LASSTEC Container
Weighing Systems at Conductix-Wampfler, discussed container
weighing technology in terminals based on his recent travels to
port facilities around the world.
ISP's Chair, Jan Boermans of DP World, Deputy Chair, Bill
Brassington and ICHCA's Technical Director, Captain Richard Brough
O.B.E. led breakout work groups and roundtables sessions on
critical safety issues in ports including container weight
verification, fatigue in dock work and incidents with straddle
ICHCA will be co-ordinating a series of educational activities as
part of its 'Pack It In!' campaign to raise awareness of IMO's new
CTU Code and address issues around container weight verification.
On 10 December ICHCA will be hosting a 'Container Lashing and
Securing' Seminar in Rotterdam. The practical event will address
the dangers posed by the inadequate lashing and securing of cargo,
the onset of ever larger container vessels and the resulting
increase in container movements.