13.01.2016 – Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management for Maersk Line and Chairman of the Board for the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), is the latest speaker to be confirmed for the ICHCA International 2016 Conference, taking place from 29 Feb – 2 Mar at the World Trade Center, Barcelona, Spain. The Conference will have the theme “Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges” and will focus on improving safety, security and efficiency along the container and cargo handling chain in the era of bigger ships.

CINS (www.cinsnet.com) is a shipping line initiative that was launched in September 2011 to share information on all cargo related incidents. It aims to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on ships and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes or packing failures. CINS compiles and presents data on issues such as what types of cargo incident occur most frequently, the kinds of substance involved, the location and the most common causes. Membership is open to shipping lines and nominated advisory organisations. CINS now has 16 shipping line members, representing 65 percent of the world’s containership capacity.

Ernst-Frederiksen, who also sits on the Board of Directors for the Container Owners Association, one of ICHCA’s licensed corporate members, will share key findings from CINS on the causes of cargo incidents and discuss how the shipping industry can work with other cargo industry stakeholders to improve supply chain safety. He took over as Chairman of the Board of CINS in November 2013. He has an MBA in shipping and logistics from Copenhagen Business School and has been with Maersk Line since 2000 in various positions that all have involved safety in the supply chain.

“We are delighted to have CINS involved in ICHCA International 2016,” said ICHCA Secretariat CEO Rachael White. “CINS is an important initiative from the liner shipping sector that is playing a crucial role in quantifying and analysing the causes of cargo incidents. Providing a common platform for incident reporting and analysis is a key part of understanding, responding to and reducing safety risks in the industry.”

“I’m very excited to be given the opportunity to present the Cargo Incident Notification System to the ICHCA forum,” said Mr Ernst-Frederiksen. “I hope that we will be able to convey the importance of what we are trying to achieve and delighted that we will also be able to reach companies that are directly involved with packaging, stuffing, lashing and bracing, as well as container carriers and other supply chain members with whom we may not have had contact before.”

Bringing together a cross-section of industry and institutional stakeholders, the ICHCA International 2016 Conference includes two days of sessions and a site visit to the Port of Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s largest and most diverse cargo handling and logistics hubs.

The confirmation of Ernst-Frederiksen as speaker follows the announcements that Kitack Lim, incoming Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), will give the opening keynote address and Kevin Furniss, VP Health, Safety, Environment & Sustainability for APM Terminals, will speak on “Safety, Security and Efficiency in the Era of Scale”. A full list of speakers at the Conference is available here.

There will also be extensive networking opportunities including two drinks receptions. Book now via this link: http://www.etouches.com/ichcaconference.

About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.

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