London, U.K.-- The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is holding a seminar “Understanding the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Pratice for Packing Cargo Transport Units”, in London on October 22 to address, among other issues, cargo transport unit packing following the IMO’s recent decision to adopt new rules for mandatory container weight verification.
“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.”With the final draft of the new Code being considered at the IMO’s 18th DSC sub-committee meeting this September, this ICHCA seminar will be a first chance to get a detailed look at its contents and bring all the interested parties together to explore the next steps.”
Frank Leys, Ports Specialist at the International Labour Organisation (ILO), has been confirmed as the latest member of an expert panel of speakers for the event. Leys will discuss the challenges to disseminating the Code to the right people across the supply chain.
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 the three influential organiations.
Applicable to all types of cargo moving in containers, trailers, swap bodies and railcars, 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, said a release.
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 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.
Taking place on 22nd October aboard HQS Wellington in London, the practical one-day seminar will include talks by other professionals from across the supply chain, including: Bill Brassington, owner of ETS Consulting and consultant for editing the new Code; Chris Welsh, General Secretary of the Global Shippers Forum; 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.