09.02.2016 – ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO association, will focus on the vital topic of container and cargo operations safety on day two of its 2016 Conference in sessions looking at the new IMO container weight verification rules, container packing, securing and dangerous goods management and incident response. The Conference, which has the theme “Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges”, runs from 29 Feb – 2 Mar at the World Trade Centre, Barcelona, Spain.

The opening session on 2 March will look at “SOLAS VGM and Container Supply Chain Safety: New Rules, New Realities, New (Shared) Responsibilities”. Discussion will focus on the highly topical issue of mandatory container weight verification under the International Maritime Organization’s amended Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention, which require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export. The rules come into effect on 1 July.

The practicalities of complying with the regulations will form a major part of the opening session and the roundtable that immediately follows it, which is entitled “From Legislation to Implementation – Container Weight Verification in Practice”. Both the opening session and the roundtable will be moderated by Capt. Richard Brough OBE, Director of Brough Marine Ltd and  Technical Advisor to ICHCA International.

In December last year ICHCA International joined forces with the World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club and the Global Shippers Forum (GSF) to release a new Frequently Asked Questions document to address issues arising from the new regulations. The FAQs aim to clarify how the requirements will function in different situations and can be accessed here: http://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/publications/container-weighing/.

In addition to discussing the new VGM Regulations, the opening session will look more broadly at the main causes and impacts of container accidents and how to identify and address avoidable risks, with speakers from CINS, the shipping industry’s cargo incident notification system, and TT Club. The afternoon session on “Cargo Packing, Securing, Project Cargoes & Dangerous Goods” continues the debate with focus on best practice in cargo securing, including project and dangerous goods, plus dangerous goods management and incident response. It will be moderated by Laurence Jones, Director Global Risk, TT Club & Deputy Chairman of ICHCA International.

TT Club is also sponsoring a new Innovation in Safety Award. The winner will be announced on 1 March at the end of the first conference day and the award will presented by IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim. The award is open to individuals, teams or companies involved in cargo logistics. Entrants must provide evidence to show that a product, idea, solution, process or scheme has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety. The deadline for entries is Friday 12 February and full details of the entry process and judging criteria can be found here.


“Maintaining and improving safety along the maritime supply chain by identifying and addressing risks is a vital issue that requires co-operation between all the industry stakeholders and the regulators,” said David Bendall, Chairman, ICHCA International. “That is why we have focused on this topic at our Conference and why we are delighted to have launched the Innovation in Safety Award with the kind support of the TT Club. We are looking forward to an honest and robust debate about safety.”

Bringing together a cross-section of industry and institutional stakeholders, including keynotes from the Secretary General of the IMO and Deputy Head of Cabinet for the EU Transport Commission, the ICHCA International 2016 Conference includes two days of sessions, a site visit to the Port of Barcelona, one of the Mediterranean’s largest and most diverse cargo handling and logistics hubs, and extensive networking opportunities, including two drinks receptions.

Book now via this link: https://www.etouches.com/ichcaconference.

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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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