ICHCA to host seminars on new Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units, 1 October 2014
ICHCA International, the NGO association for the global cargo
handling industry, and the British International Freight Association will
be hosting a series of practical seminars on the new IMO/ILO/UNECE
Code of Practice for the Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs).
Held from 21-30 October, the half-day events in Hull, Grimsby, West
Yorkshire and Tees will focus on the new Code's contents, its
potential impact, and how it may be enforced globally. Exis
Technologies is sponsoring the events.
Developed jointly by the
International Maritime Organization,
International Labour Organization and United Nations
Economic Commission for Europe, the new Code of Practice will
be far more comprehensive than the original 1997 packing guidelines
from these three influential organisations. Applicable to all types
of cargo moving in containers, trailers, swap bodies and railcars,
by road, rail or sea, the Code will provide parties along the
supply chain with information about their responsibilities,
including details of how to pack and secure packages and cargo
items. It also places a responsibility on the shipper to declare
correctly the composition of the cargo, as well as the gross mass
of the packed CTU.
As highlighted recently by insurance company
TT Club and the
Cargo Incident Notification Service (CINS), poor CTU loading is
responsible for an alarmingly high percentage of incidents along
the transport chain, leading to damage, loss, injuries and even
fatalities. According to the TT Club, which is sponsoring and
speaking at the seminar,
poor packing and securing of cargoes should now be even more of
a concern for members of the supply chain than inaccurate container
weighing, an issue that has received much attention of late.
"TT Club's own claims experience shows that 65% of all incidents
involve loss or damage to cargo and of these, our analysis suggests
over one-third result from poor packing," says the insurer. Recent
data from CINS - an incident reporting system set up by members of
Container Owners Association from five of the top liner
shipping companies - reveal that poor or incorrect packaging
accounted for almost 40% of incidents over nearly two years.
"Proper packing and securing of cargoes is a matter of universal
supply chain concern, and not just in terms of dealing with new
global rules," says ICHCA International Chairman David Bendall."
This ICHCA seminar will be a first chance to get a detailed
look at the contents of the new Code and bring all the interested
parties together to explore the next steps."
The seminars will include talks by an expert panel of speakers and
professionals from across the cargo chain, including: Bill
Brassington, owner of ETS Consulting and consultant for editing the
new Code; Don Armour, Policy Advisor at the Freight Transport
Agency; and Keith Bradley, Hazardous Cargoes Advisor at the
Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Brainstorming workgroups will also
address key questions around disseminating the Code and training
and educating packers.
For the full programme and list of participating speakers and
sponsors , plus online booking, visit http://www.etouches.com/ctu-packing-roadshows-yorkshire