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Archives for August 2017

KL Sandefjord – First Offshore Vessel with DNV GL’s “Shore Power” Class Notation

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Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd – August 31, 2017

The offshore vessel “KL Sandefjord” owned by K Line Offshore AS being a 100% subsidiary of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd (“K” Line), is the first offshore vessel with the DNV GL class notation “Shore power”. The “Shore power” notation, verifies the design and installation of a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. When in port, the vessel can shut down its engines and rely on a shore based electrical supply for its needs at berth – so called “cold ironing”.

“We are very pleased to receive this notation for our large and powerful anchor handler KL Sandefjord, which reflects our commitment to ensure a cleaner port environment and a more pleasant shipboard for our crew when berthing,” says Espen Sørensen, Senior Vice President, Operation and Technical in K Line Offshore AS. “With an on-board shore power installation tested and verified by DNV GL, we now have an offshore vessel equipped for the future. And as result of the good cooperation we have enjoyed with the Bergen Port Authority and DNV GL during this process, we have also decided to apply for the Shore power class notation for the sister vessel, KL Saltfjord.”

By tapping into an onshore electrical supply, vessels not only reduce their fuel consumption, but they also eliminate the associated emissions. This will have a marked improvement on the air quality in the port and surrounding environment, cutting PPM, NOx, SOx and reducing CO2, through the use of more efficient shore based electricity. In combination with renewable energy sources, it can even result in zero emission operation for the duration of a vessel’s stay in port. On top of which it can free the engines for maintenance, and reduces wear and tear, and noise.

“There is an increasing awareness of the impact of shipping emissions in ports and this is driving investments in cold ironing,” says Jon Rysst, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager North Europe, DNV GL. “This is leading to ports both requiring and incentivizing the use of alternative marine power. In Norway, where KL Sandefjord operates, for example, many ports are also offering a discount for ships with shore power installation. As access expands, alongside the rise of fully electric and hybrid vessels, cold ironing could soon become standard procedure in many ports around the world – with a noticeable positive impact on air quality.”

The DNV GL electrical shore connection class rules cover safety requirements for a vessel’s on-board electrical shore connection. The Shore power notation ensures a safe and efficient way of performing the connection and disconnection of shore power by verifying and checking the total system of the electrical shore connection, verifying compatibility between ship and port and provide recommendations for a well-defined future proof technical solution.

Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting the CTU Code

16 August, 2017

London International Shipping Week takes place between 11th and 15th September, during which an event at the IMO will focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor packing and securing practices. ‘Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain’ will promote the awareness, understanding and implementation of the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)[1]. The event will take place on Tuesday 12 September at 17:30 in the IMO Building, London and will be followed by a networking reception.

The hosts are the same alliance of industry organisations that are committed to promoting safety in the CTU supply chain and successfully supported global compliance efforts in relation to the verified gross mass (VGM) requirements for packed containers. This alliance, Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC), launched its campaign to address the dangers posed by incorrectly packed and secured cargo in all types of cargo transport units at the European Shipping Week in Brussels in February and is pleased to have the support once more of the IMO.

Held at the IMO during the fourth meeting of its Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4), this event will be followed by a networking reception, during which the winner of the 2017 BIC Award[2] will be announced. Each year the BIC Award honours an organisation or individual for a significant contribution to the advancement of safety, security or sustainability in container transportation.

Speakers from the four host organisations will present during the event and facilitate discussion on key current topics in which the delegates attending will be encouraged to participate.  Lars Kjaer of the WSC explains, “The event will include a presentation of the current status of our campaign and an opportunity to debate how knowledge and application of the Code can be promoted.”

In highlighting the key timing of the event, Peregrine Storrs-Fox from TT Club states, “The occasion provides a unique opportunity for senior shipping executives to engage with key safety messages and network with the representatives of national governments from around the globe who determine the development and implementation of maritime regulation – all in the setting of the only UN agency based in London.”

“It is now almost three years since the three UN bodies that sponsored the CTU Code approved its content,” comments ICHCA’s Captain Richard Brough OBE. “While a non-mandatory Code of Practice, it is now thoroughly referenced in the IMDG Code.  The entire freight industry must recognise that this detailed guidance may now be seen as representing industry best practice.”

The importance of awareness across the entire supply chain of these dangers is a point emphasised by Chris Welsh MBE of the GSF, “The responsibilities of all those working in the supply chain, shippers, packers, forwarders, warehouse operators and transport providers for all modes and in all countries are clearly set out in the Code. The fundamental responsibilities for the safety of cargo packing and those handling CTUs are determined at the outset, but do not cease when the doors of the trailer or container are closed”, he concludes.

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Notes for Editors

The Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) is the world’s leading global trade association representing shippers engaged in international trade moving goods by all modes of transport. Chris Welsh MBE chaired the Expert Working Group charged with drafting IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). More information is available at:

The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, security, sustainability, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and goods movement by all modes and through all phases of national and international supply chains. ICHCA actively participated in the Expert Working Group and debates leading to the approval of the CTU Code. More information is available at:

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. The TT Club participated in the Expert Working Group and debates leading to the approval of the CTU Code. More information is available at:

The World Shipping Council (WSC) represents the global liner shipping industry on regulatory, environmental, safety and security policy issues.  The WSC has observer status at the IMO and was actively involved in the development of the CTU Code. More information is available at:




TT Club Provides Insurance Cover for Russian Forwarder among First to Use ‘Uber-style’ Business Model

Moscow, 14th August, 2017:  The Russian start-up freight forwarder, Deliver ( is an innovative online cargo transport operation that is among the first in the country to implement an ‘Uber-style’ mode of service. Through its network Deliver aims to achieve greater convenience for its customers and efficiency for a carrier resource base of more than 59,000 drivers.

Such a high volume of sub-contracted transport arrangements, which will require swift and seamless contractual agreements, requires specialist and comprehensive insurance cover. TT Club, a recognised leader in the field of insurance of international transport and logistics operations, with the assistance of its Russian partner Panditrans, has committed to provide coverage and its range of risk management services to the young and fast-growing operator.

The insurer’s contract with Deliver took effect from 1 June 2017, with the aspiration on both sides of a long term relationship. Through its advice on contractual clauses and trading conditions as well as a thorough understanding of the liabilities involved in hiring the volume of sub-contractors for this Uber-style freight service, TT Club gives Deliver the freedom to hone the efficiency of its service. The vast experience of TT Club and Panditrans in the Russian market also provides swift and professional claims service and support.

In addition to assuring the freight forwarder of protection from risk and unsubstantiated claims, allowing the company to attract customers and implement its plans for future development, TT Club also provides insurance guarantees to Deliver which strengthens its reputation with all stakeholders, including the authorities.

TT Club was one of the originators of the insurance for freight forwarders and cargo transport operators in Russia. Through its partner Panditrans it has provided the necessary advice, support and assurance to operators for over more than a quarter of a century, enabling them to develop efficient transport and logistics services, in what has often been a challenging regulatory and commercial environment. In many cases, at the request of the insured, TT Club also conducts seminars for managers and operatives on relevant risk management topics in the field of cargo transportation, as well as reviews of contracts to assess and understand what liabilities are accepted as a result of such agreements.


Notes to Editors:

About TT Club

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. Established in 1968, the Club’s membership comprises ship operators, ports and terminals, road, rail and airfreight operators, logistics companies and container lessors. As a mutual insurer, the Club exists to provide its policyholders with benefits, which include specialist underwriting expertise, a world-wide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.


Panditrans Ltd

Panditrans is one of the first and largest Russian companies specializing in organizing insurance of all types of transport risks.

Established in 1992, Pandi Trans Ltd. has been representing TT Club since 1993 as a leading insurer and a recognized world leader in transport industry insurance.

The company takes part in the assessment of risks and organization of insurance of the most complex transport complexes, organizes effective insurance protection against all risks that accompany the transport process, deals with claims services, organizes surveys and provides legal support. Our clients can be either state port authorities or international logistics companies, as well as small transport enterprises or cargo owners.

“K”Line Group Introduces Its Own Environmental Management Promotion System – “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK”

August 4, 2017 – Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha, Ltd :  “K”Line Group recently established the “DRIVE GREEN NETWORK” (“DGN”) to promote its environmental management throughout the entire “K” Line Group and has started implementing its operations.

DGN is a system for strengthening our environmental management, setting environmental policies and targets that encourage their achievement through the efforts being conducted by each Group Company with internal audits, etc., and that aims to continuously improve environmental conservation activities through the PDCA cycle (Note 1) while ensuring environmental compliance throughout the entire“K”Line Group.



June       : Started Phase 1

(Domestic companies that are ready for environmental management systems.)

October   : Annual review at Group Environmental Conference

November : Acquisition of SOC (Statement of Conformity) from third party certification body.


April       : Start Phase 2

(Full-scale operation by all targeted companies in Japan. In addition, some overseas group

companies are also planning to implement them.)


This name embodies the wishes of our environmental flagship “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY” (Note 2) completed in 2016, that we will inherit the ambition to take preemptive actions for the future.

“K”Line Group is promoting environmental measures based on “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 (Note 3) that is the Group’s long-term environment management vision toward 2050. As an environmental front runner, we will continue to aim for the realization of being a business that enables a greater number of people around the world to enjoy the advantage of marine transportation characterized by a lower environmental load and higher efficiency.


(Note 1) the PDCA cycle: Separating processes into Plan, Do, Check and Act.

Following this PDCA cycle is one management method to continuously improve business activities.


(Note 2) “DRIVE GREEN HIGHWAY”: Please refer to this link


(Note3) “K” LINE Environmental Vision 2050 – Navigating for Sustainability Leading

to a Brighter Future: Please refer to this link