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TT Club welcomes impetus given to electronic bills of lading development

The target of 50% of all bills of lading to be electronic within the next decade has been set by the Digital Container Shipping Association (DCSA) in an announcement made last week.  The international freight transport insurer, TT Club welcomes the commitment by the group of container shipping lines that together operate nearly 70% of the world’s capacity.  The initiative is consistent with the increased trend towards digitisation across the industry to improve efficiency and reduce costs.  However, the current pressures felt through the supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic have no doubt spurred the action.

In its role as liability insurer and adviser on risk management throughout the container industry, TT Club is active in encouraging digitisation, including the cumbersome bill of lading processes.  Additionally, the mutual has been providing valuable guidance to operators on the unique practical issues that they are experiencing with the physical transfer of bills of lading and other documentation due to lockdowns, government restrictions and other COVID-19 related disruptions. The Club has compiled a dedicated COVID-19 webpage¹ to communicate such advice, including numerous briefings, FAQs and links to further regulatory information.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director comments, “As early as the late 1990s TT Club recognised the substantial benefits that would accrue to the entire international unitised supply chain, as well as liner shipping businesses, through the adoption of electronic documentation, taking its part in the foundation of bolero.net². This initiative also understood that the bill of lading is but one component in much broader trade practices, including buyers and sellers and, critically, banks. As a result bolero.net has developed a significant array of trade offerings that wrap around the fundamental characteristics that are fulfilled legally in the traditional bill of lading.”

TT Club is concerned that there continues to be such significant reliance on paper-based processes, whether certification, checks, or the range of contractual documents in international trade.  The opportunity for seismic efficiencies and broader benefits were extensively explored in TT Club’s joint work with McKinsey & Co, ‘Brave new world? – Container transport in 2043’³ which adamantly concluded that the future for the container shipping industry was digital.

Some advances towards true digitisation have been made over the last two decades, including the formation of DCSA itself, with a mission to bring efficiencies through standardised messaging amongst shipping lines. More pertinent to the electronic bill of lading (ebsl) itself, the last few years have seen a proliferation of options being brought to market, mostly embracing to greater or lesser extent the much-vaunted distributed ledger technologies, or Blockchain. It is also clear that TradeLens, the consortium founded by Maersk and IBM, also has ebsl in sight.

Storrs-Fox concludes, “The current pandemic has inevitably advanced the digital cause. It is entirely reasonable for DCSA to grasp this particular nettle, taking full advantage of the lessons learned over the last two decades. Indeed, the plethora of physical documentation and ‘chops’ for every international transport involving sea carriage remain fertile ground for further efficiencies that may yet dwarf those immediately in view.”

¹https://www.ttclub.com/news-events/coronavirus-guidance/

²https://www.bolero.net/

³https://www.ttclub.com/news-events/brave-new-world/

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About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

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Maintaining supply chains: TT Club supports the industry

While many of the Western consumer economies tentatively explore the easing of social restrictions, the global supply chain environment remains significantly disrupted and operators will continue to face many challenges.  International freight insurer, TT Club seeks to guide them with advice for turbulent times.

London, 14 May, 2020

TT Club draws attention to its dedicated Coronavirus webpage, including both risk briefings and alerts, as well as a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)*.  The insurer, in line with key elements of its mission to make the industry safer and more secure, is keen to provide commentary on issues that have arisen during the onset of the pandemic.  The diverse governmental responses around the globe have created a variable demand for goods, complex regulatory structures, and significantly changed trade patterns.

Among the expanding range of questions dealt with by TT Club’s FAQ service, cargo abandonment and seafarer welfare at port facilities, a current focus for crew exchanges, are particularly salient.  There is likely to be an increase in the abandonment of low value cargoes in containers, either delayed in transit or for which a market is no longer available, causing additional headaches for forwarders and terminals alike.  Similarly, amongst the issues faced by ports, many face a responsibility for properly protecting all involved in the safe transfer of ships’ crews, many of whom have had protracted periods at sea.

“While the current circumstances facing global supply chains and the operators that serve it are truly challenging, TT is providing carefully considered and pragmatic advice to real issues,” says TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.  “As a specialist insurer for the international transport and logistics the Club has a unique insight into the nature and extent of risk exposures.  As such, the ability to compile and recommend mitigating measures in the current circumstances is well-founded.  In relation to the FAQs, we would welcome enquiries from the industry on issues that maybe of concern.”

Other topics currently covered by the FAQs include: dealing with customers whose cargo delivery has been delayed and the proper use of force majeure clauses in contracts; protecting key workers in a responsible way; advice on demurrage and detention charges; comments on the need to alter terms of Standard Terms and Conditions (STCs) and bills of lading in order to protect against liabilities; and a responsible approach to any relaxation of safety regulations by government authorities.

“Extraordinary circumstances will often require innovative and exceptional practices.  At this time, while supply chain stakeholders strive to maintain their valuable operations effectively, we seek to provide input that supports sound, safe practices, protecting as far as possible against unexpected liabilities,” concluded Storrs-Fox.

* https://www.ttclub.com/news-events/coronavirus-guidance/

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About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

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TT Club warns of risks arising from the accumulation of cargo

As consumer demand and manufacturing production slows in many parts of the world, cargo, either in containers or stripped from transport units, is building up in warehouses, port terminals and inland depots. International freight and logistics insurer, TT Club warns of the additional risk this is bringing operators.

The current pandemic has disrupted global supply chains in a wide variety of ways. In particular, the lag in its effects between the large-scale sourcing regions of China and other parts of Asia and the consuming markets of Europe and North America has caused significant build-ups of goods produced in the former regions but not now required in the later.

Such accumulations include cargo in containers at both transhipment and destination port terminals, as well as import consignments that have been delivered to warehouses and distribution centres (DC). These are primarily non-essential products, for which there is little demand as retail outlets are closed or supplies for production lines that are either static or at reduced capacity.

In the UK for instance, the latest estimates are that 90% of the country’s warehouse capacity is full, with the UK Warehousing Association (UKWA) forecasting no available space by two weeks’ time. One high-street fashion retailer has reportedly leased 40% more storage than it would have under normal circumstances.

“Security is clearly the most dominant of the risk issues as operators seek alternative storage,” comments Michael Yarwood, Managing Director Loss Prevention at TT Club. “Whether it’s taking up buildings not usually used for storage or laden vehicles parked adjacent to a full warehouse, or simply facilities unfamiliar to the operator, the security regime may not be of a similar standard. This concern is not just limited to fencing, lighting, security patrols and CCTV, but also communication with hauliers delivering cargo to the unfamiliar premises. There is also the constant danger of vehicles being diverted into the hands of criminals; so-called round the corner theft,” emphasises Yarwood.

The physical characteristics of a temporary facility may also be unsuitable in a range of ways, such as weather-tightness, phytosanitary issues, uneven hard standing. Further, consideration needs to be given to the nature of the cargo and the capability to handle and store hazardous materials and specialised commodities correctly (such as high value or temperature controlled). These factors may also extend to inappropriate or substandard handling equipment and the requirement to subcontract labour and security personnel from previously unknown sources. Where possible, established standards should be maintained, including undertaking full due diligence.

Yarwood also draws attention to the importance of maintaining records and an efficient documentation flow. “In a situation where goods and cargo units are located in unusual facilities, perhaps off-site at some distance, it is vital for accurate records of movements, storage times and potential drawdown requirements to be preserved.”

Such bottlenecks in the supply chain through the lack of demand for goods may be temporary as diminishing orders start to affect the flow through. However, one of the knock-on effects currently being experienced is that some port terminal operators, along with their ocean carrier customers, are attempting to help importers by delaying delivery and/or providing temporary storage for containers.

A recent survey by the International Association of Ports & Harbors (IAPH) shows a mixed picture at ports around the world. “35% of ports reported an increase in utilisation of warehousing and distribution facilities for foodstuffs and medical supplies, with some ports reporting capacity shortages,” the analysis shows.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director, commented, “There will be regional variations within these trends of course. As inbound congestion on terminals rises, we are seeing some European ports offering off-terminal storage for undelivered import containers. In the current extraordinary environment, all involved in the supply chain should be taking extra steps to assist in finding solutions. Care must be taken however to ensure that in providing such a facility, operators do not expose themselves to additional liability and risk.”

Many of the potential risks and liabilities that apply to warehouse and DC operators will face a terminal or carrier in placing undelivered containers in temporary storage locations. In addition, container and cargo damage potential could be heightened in facilities unaccustomed to handling full containers. There is a heightened risk of phytosanitary issues where off-terminal storage locations may have less permanent surfaces or increased exposure to vegetation and pest ingress, particularly if the storage is long-term. The dwell time of such containers may also become an issue if the cargo is eventually abandoned as the goods become ‘off-season’ or the importer ceases to trade. The question of traceability then becomes a more critical issue.

TT Club remains vigilant in its care for its Members’ concerns and will continue with risk management and loss prevention advice to the freight and logistics industry during the current crisis. A dedicated Coronavirus Guidance page is available HERE

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About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

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TT Club Continues Guidance to the Freight Industry Amid COVID-19 Crisis

As the unfolding consequences of the coronavirus pandemic continue to disrupt international trade, freight transport specialist insurer TT Club is maintaining its advice service to stakeholders along the global supply chain.

London, 1st April 2020

Over the coming weeks there will be considerable uncertainty for stakeholders through the entire transport industry as the global economy slows, governments prioritise specific supplies, consumer spending decreases and personnel shortages become more prevalent. However, the need for the supply chain of essentials – foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment – to remain robust and efficient will be more critical than ever. The demand to maintain reliability, and continued flexibility of the services provided, will be acute for many stakeholders, faced with the common three business imperatives during the current crisis of staff, customers and cash.

In this unusual, indeed unprecedented environment, TT Club points out that all sectors of the industry will be put under pressure by customers and suppliers to help mitigate potential issues, losses and liabilities. The scenarios faced will be many, various and complex, affecting port, terminal and warehouse operators as well as carriers across all modes, forwarders and logistics companies. TT Club aims therefore to continue providing an advisory service that is supportive and alive to the additional and unfamiliar risks and liabilities being presented.

“As we have advised in the past, fundamentally there is a need to communicate; to have an open dialogue with customers and suppliers and a good understanding of fast-changing controls and regulations imposed by local, national and even international authorities,” comments Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director. “The physical movement of cargo is understandably experiencing delays due to cancelled ship sailings, shortage of air freight capacity and land border checks and these disruptions to the norm will cause friction between the various links in the chain. An understanding of ‘what is going on’ by participants in the chain will serve to ease such friction.”

Those involved in the global transport industry are by their nature experienced problem solvers often employing innovative solutions. Where contractual relationships are in place, the supplier is generally obligated to explore all reasonable options to mitigate a potential loss arising in circumstances such as presented by this coronavirus outbreak. As Storrs-Fox comments, “Any party seeking in the event of a future dispute to rely on a ‘force majeure’ defence may well face the burden of evidencing that they took all reasonable steps to mitigate the loss”.

Depending on the individual stakeholder responsibilities, there are a number of proactive risk mitigation strategies that may be considered. Clearly, keeping well informed and maintaining open channels of communication with the national or local authorities relevant to the business obligations will be key, both to compliance with additional requirements and service to customers – even recognising that such obligations may be in another part of the world and possibly managed through a partner.

Many established ‘crisis management’ plans will be relevant for the circumstances faced, even if the scale and scope of the current disruption was not envisaged. Such frameworks will, however, assist in identifying vulnerabilities that may impact the ability to fulfil usual obligations or carry out standard business requirements. The specifics of this virus – such as exposure through contact with surfaces – necessitates consideration of additional protections and training for staff and will almost certainly make usual personnel and site security procedures more complex.

While TT Club looks to provide supportive and relevant advice, it is also building a dedicated page of available materials (https://www.ttclub.com/resources/coronavirus-guidance/) in order to share good practice findings from around the globe. In amongst all the strain of responding to the immediate crisis, however, the Club urges stakeholders to maintain as much normal rigour as possible in their internal systems and processes, in sound safety practices and in robust physical and cyber security. As Storrs-Fox concludes, “Such standard business ‘hygiene’ retains lasting significance, alongside the much heightened health hygiene to which we are all responding”.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.

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Cargo Theft Report Confirms Upward Trends in 2019

  • Cargo in transit by road remains the dominant risk
  • Food & beverage cargo increases share of commodity profile
  • Thefts confirmed from unsecure truck parking average 8 per day globally
  • South America ranks highest in median value of cargo per incident in unsecured locations

19th February, 2020

The second annual report on cargo theft worldwide, issued today by leading international transport and logistics insurer, TT Club and global provider of supply chain intelligence, BSI confirms the overwhelming targeting of cargo trucks compared to all other modalities. The consistency of this trend year-on-year is also reflected in the 2019 data analysis of top commodities stolen; food and beverages representing 28% of all reported thefts in comparison with 19% in 2018. Other 2018 to 2019 results comparisons are presented in infographic #1 below.

The BSI and TT Club Cargo Theft Report 2020, available here  is unique in that it analyses data from BSI’s supply chain security country risk intelligence tool, SCREEN and TT Club’s insurance risk management and loss prevention insights. The authors believe the report can play a significant role in educating supply chain professionals in the detailed risk of cargo theft across the globe. Both parties are committed to a proactive approach to minimising human, material and financial losses resulting from cargo crime.

TT Club’s Mike Yarwood urges all those concerned about cargo security to read the report but emphasises one identified trend in particular, “Thefts either of, or from road vehicles most frequently occurred while in transit, in rest areas or an unsecured parking location. These accounted for 60% of those thefts reported. Interestingly, our infographic (#2 below) gives more detail from the regions with confirmed thefts from unsecured parking areas. The median value of losses from these incidents ranges from $100,000 in South America to just over $11,000 in parts of Asia. We are particularly keen to draw attention to the dangers of such informal parking and encourage the provision of more secured truck stop facilities.”

The report includes further advice on how theft risks can be reduced. This section is once more co-authored by BSI’s Advisory Supply Chain Security team and the TT Club’s claims and loss prevention team.

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About TT Club

TT Club is the established market-leading independent provider of mutual insurance and related risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry. TT Club’s primary objective is to help make the industry safer and more secure. Founded in 1968, the Club has more than 1100 Members, spanning container owners and operators, ports and terminals, and logistics companies, working across maritime, road, rail, and air. TT Club is renowned for its high-quality service, in-depth industry knowledge and enduring Member loyalty. It retains more than 93% of its Members with a third of its entire membership having chosen to insure with the Club for 20 years or more.  

About BSI

BSI is the business improvement company that enables organizations to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. For over a century BSI has championed what good looks like and driven best practice in organizations around the world. Working with over 84,000 clients across 193 countries, it is a truly international business with skills and experience across a number of sectors including automotive, aerospace, built environment, food, and healthcare. Through its expertise in Standards Development and Knowledge Solutions, Assurance and Professional Services, BSI improves business performance to help clients grow sustainably, manage risk and ultimately be more resilient.

To learn more, please visit: www.bsigroup.com

About BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions
BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, global supply chain verification auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. BSI’s supply chain services and solutions and services can work independently to address specific needs or combined together to gain unparalleled visibility into your global operations. Implementing BSI’s holistic supply chain risk management suite provides organizations with a complete solution for a more sustainable and secure supply chain.

To learn more, please visit www.bsigroup.com/supplychain

TT Club Advises Transport Operators on their Liabilities as a Consequence of the Coronavirus

The ongoing disruption to freight transport services and global supply chains resulting from the coronavirus are significant and will continue to evolve on a daily basis.  In addition to the heightening challenges transport operators are facing in moving their customers goods to and from China, insurance provider, TT Club is advising on the potential unforeseen exposures that may also accrue.

In a briefing compiled with the assistance of specialist international lawyers, HFW, the Club outlines how freight forwarders, logistics service providers and other intermediaries can protect themselves legally and minimise their liabilities, while still giving a quality service to their customers.

Restrictions due to labour shortages at ports and cancellations of inland transport links within China, constraints in the supply of goods due to factory closures and reduced schedules of air, ocean and rail carriers may expose forwarders to claims arising from delivery delays and cargo deterioration.

The TT Club briefing details these pitfalls and provides guidance on correct and comprehensive documentation handling. However, its underlying direction is to counsel transport operators to be proactive in their communication.  In such disruptive situations, as the one the coronavirus has precipitated, both the value of the operator’s service to his customer and his protection against future liability claims lies in good, accurate communication.

“Up-to-date status reports on their cargo’s progress, or lack of it, are vital to shippers,” emphasises TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.  “Forwarders and logistics operators will certainly prove their mettle if they can consistently make customers aware of the ongoing attempts to problem-solve.  Careful recording of communication trails detailing such actions will also help in any disputes in the future.”

In attempting to deliver such solutions, however, a forwarder may need to use routes, carriers or modes that are less familiar, or to partner with other actors, of whom he has no experience.  Such ‘workarounds’ are common at times of crisis when pressure from customers to deliver freight by whatever means can be intense.  Additional care and due diligence must be taken when working in unfamiliar environments.  It might be necessary to take extra precautions in employing bills of lading, standard trading conditions (STC), letters of indemnity (LOIs) and other means in order to protect the stakeholders from unforeseen costs and liabilities.

The briefing, that can be accessed here, goes far in explaining these risks and the steps that can be taken to keep them to a minimum.  Underlying most of these steps however is good communication.  For example if force majeure notices are required to be sent, it must be ensured that these are fully understood by the recipient. In other cases, when delays or deviations are caused by matters genuinely outside the operator’s control, then these circumstances must be well documented.

Common sense, proactive communication with counterparties as required and the adherence to good working practices will set operators in a better position to be protected in these abnormal circumstances.  However, when stress can be heightened by unexpected pressures, it is useful to have guidelines that focus on the possibility of unusual risks, TT Club’s briefing seeks to provide such guidance.

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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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’

Insurance mutuals urge the container shipping industry and participants in the global supply chain it serves to give ever more serious attention to the causes and consequences of ship fires, jointly issuing a guide outlining the responsibilities of all stakeholders in reducing risk.

London, 22nd January, 2020

1st January this year saw mandatory enforcement of the latest version of the IMDG Code, Amendment 39-18.  As the incorrect declaration, packing, handling and stowage of dangerous goods of all types is seen as a primary cause of many container ship fires, insurance mutuals UK P&I and TT Club have once more collaborated in publishing guidelines under the title ‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’.

The guide published this week and available free of charge*, provides key insights for all actors in the freight supply chain responsible for preparing unitised consignments for carriage by sea. It gives an overview of the practical duties and responsibilities under the IMDG Code for each stakeholder.

Stuart Edmonston is UK P&I’’s Loss Prevention Director.  “As mutuals, our chief aim is to minimise risk for our Members and the industry we serve,” he says.  “The recent spate of container ship fires with the consequent loss of life, damage to ships and cargo, and trade disruption has been a major concern to ourselves and TT Club.  UK P&I continues to participate in initiatives which focus on the capability to detect, suppress and extinguish fires at sea.  However we share our sister organisation’s desire to tackle the causes of such fires at source.”

TT Club sees its core contribution to seek significant improvements in cargo declaration and packing. “As so often the case, fires and explosions are merely the ‘tip of the iceberg’ of problems, which are inherent throughout the supply chain,” observes Peregrine Storrs-Fox, TT Club’s Risk Management Director.  “There are far too many errors in classification and declaration of commodities to be transported.  These are often amplified by poor decisions and practices relating to packaging, packing, segregation and securing. Such errors severely compromise safety in a variety of ways, but most critically when the goods should be rightly be described as dangerous in a regulated sense and, here, in compliance the IMDG Code.”

Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen, Head of Cargo Management at Maersk Line and Chairman of CINS says of this guide, “I find this publication to be tremendously useful and that if only people would read one book this year that it should be this one.”

Through its ‘Cargo Integrity’ Campaign TT Club has been for some time seeking to enhance awareness of the issues and to urge implementation of more rigorous practices relating to entering cargo into the supply chain. Its support of, and participation in CINS, is one such initiative. CINS is comprised of representative of container shipping lines which together control over 85% of the world’s container slot capacity. 

A recent CINS report, which should be seen as complementary to ‘Book it Right and Pack it Tight’, demonstrates substantial effort by the industry to bring understanding to the complexities involved in the ship stowage processes. It seeks to develop a commonality of approach in order to improve safety. Entitled ‘Safety Considerations for Ship Operators Related to Risk‐Based Stowage of Dangerous Goods on Containerships’**, it underlines the irrefutable fact that proper declaration is a paramount prerequisite.

One of the expert companies involved in the preparation of the CINS Risk Based Stowage report was Exis Technologies, whose input was focused around its detailed knowledge of the IMDG Code Dangerous Goods List and stowage requirements.  In collaboration other industry experts Exis categorised each commodity on the List by UN Number, placing it in the appropriate Risk Zone as defined by the CINS Stowage guidelines.  In order to further encourage the use of these guidelines, Exis has gifted the Hazcheck Risk Zone Data*** online as a free resource to all involved across the container supply chain.

*https://www.ukpandi.com/knowledge-publications/article/book-it-right-and-pack-it-tight-2020-edition-151231/

*https://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/publications/risk-management-handbooks/

**http://www.cinsnet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/CINS-DG-Stowage-Considerations-Final.pdf

***https://hazcheck.existec.com/hazcheck-systems/hazcheck-risk-zone-data.aspx

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About UK P&I

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1869 the UK P&I Club insures over 244 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Stable)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves of $505m, the UK P&I Club is renowned for its specialist skills and expertise which ensure ‘best in class’ underwriting, claims handling and loss prevention services.

The UK P&I Club is managed by Thomas Miller, an independent and international insurance, professional and investment services provider.

www.ukpandi.com

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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

TT Club Appoints Network Partner in Qingdao, China

International freight and logistics insurer, TT Club has announced the appointment of a new Network Partner, tasked with providing support for those the Club insures around the world, in Qingdao, China. The seventeenth such facility that TT provides globally, this complements the Club’s regional offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong

Hong Kong and London, 20th January, 2020

Fundamental to the mutual insurer’s service is its global reach.  Therefore to have the first Network Partner established in China, to complement the existing Shanghai corporate office, is an important landmark for the Club.

Allowing TT Club Members, its insured, to access a unique network of freight transport experts across the globe, Network Partners provide claims assistance, loss prevention and risk management advice to container lines, freight forwarders and other supply chain operators who arrange their insurance cover through TT Club.

Now in Qingdao, through the appointment of Ever Faith Marine Service Co Ltd., as of 10th January, TT Club has a presence in three key locations.  Qingdao joins TT Club’s management company Thomas Miller’s offices in Shanghai and its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Hong Kong.

In making the announcement, Phillip Emmanuel, TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director said, “TT Club Members large and small both operate and trade in a truly global environment and it is vital that they receive assistance from us wherever their business transactions are made and carried out.  We strive therefore to continually enhance the reach of our service network in order to deliver an unequalled level of claims and loss prevention advice.”

Ivy Yu will lead the Ever Faith team in serving TT Club Members.  Ivy spent four years working at the offices of TT Club managers Thomas Miller in Shanghai and will bring valuable experience of mutual insurance to the new Network Partner.

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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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

Cargo Handling Industry Experts move to prevent Port & Terminal collisions

To minimize risk and improve port safety, three of the cargo handling industry’s leading bodies have produced an information paper Collision Prevention At Ports & Terminals.  Experts from international freight transport insurers, TT Club, together with cargo handling industry experts ICHCA and PEMA share the latest technologies to detect and prevent collisions to promote safety.

London 27 November 2019

In an attempt to improve safety, reduce injuries and loss of life, equipment damage and minimize costly business disruption at ports and terminals worldwide, PEMA, TT Club, and ICHCA International have pooled resources to make available information to promote collision prevention. All relevant stakeholders have been involved in the development of this project. PEMA represents container crane and technology manufacturers, and TT Club and ICHCA International represent container terminals.

There is a growing number of non-contact, state-of-the- art technologies for collision prevention that can dramatically improve equipment safety and reduce risk associated with container handling. However, many of these are not currently included in national or international standards. This paper suggests that such technologies should be installed on new and existing equipment, and  covers major features and types of non-contact technologies for collision prevention at ports and terminals. Collision Prevention At Ports & Terminals is now available free from the websites of TT Club, PEMA and ICHCA.

This information paper does not carry any binding obligations, and is independent of the various local, national and international regulatory regimes on the safe design, manufacture, specification and operation of the various equipment types, which must also be satisfied. Adoption of equipment technologies to enhance risk reduction and safety, which is the primary focus of this document, must also go together with the development of robust operational safety processes.

Container terminals are inherently associated with potential safety risk, with vehicles and heavy equipment operating in close proximity. However, given that terminal plant is broadly similar and typically performs similar tasks, it is possible to model different types of collisions and place them in a matrix. To determine what may occur in each part of a terminal, this paper specifies the equipment and personnel likely to be involved in each area; and for each combination of machinery and personnel, the document analyses possible collision types and shares latest technologies to help prevent collisions.

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Link to PDF of Information Paper:  https://www.ttclub.com/loss-prevention/publications/collision-prevention-at-ports-and-terminals/

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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

Quay Cranes Minimum Safety Features Updated

Three industry bodies have produced Revision 1 of their Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Quay Container Cranes.  Experts from international freight transport insurers, TT Club, together with cargo handling industry experts ICHCA and PEMA recommend minimum standard safety features to promote safety.

London 20 November 2019

The ‘Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Quay Container Cranes’ document has been updated and Revision 1 now available. Published jointly by property, equipment and liability insurance provider TT Club, the Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) and ICHCA International, the recommendations update the original document published in 2011.  Born out of TT Club’s claims experience, the research has drawn together a formidable group of operational and engineering experience from around the globe to recommend solutions to common safety issues.

The publication calls for a new approach to the crane procurement process in order to recognise safety as an integral part of operational decisions that will minimise exposure to injury, damage and disruption costs over the life cycle of the equipment.

The recommended minimum safety features directly address the causes of accidents and failures identified by TT Club from its claims records. Some of these include:

  • Damage caused by high winds
    TT Club’s publication ‘WindStorm II – Practical risk management guidance for marine & inland terminals’, emphasises that design features play an important part in minimising exposure.  Non-technical people would be surprised at the ‘sail effect’ inherent in the ‘Meccano-like’ structures. There are innumerable instances of cranes being blown along the rails, colliding with neighbouring cranes, or being dislodged from the rails, often  leading to structural collapse. While extreme conditions cannot be entirely avoided, the recommended baseline requirements include details for driven braking system and anemometer design and operational controls with an appropriate shutdown function.  Further losses can be prevented through the installation of storm pins on both waterside and landside, as well as crane tie-downs on each corner of the crane – with appropriately positioned and engineered anchor points in the terminal apron.
  • Damage caused by collision
    Accident statistics clearly demonstrate that collisions are a surprisingly recurrent problem. Most commonly, it is the boom of the crane that impacts a ship’s superstructure, resulting in substantial repair costs and consequent downtime. TT Club has for a number of years recommended the installation of radar or laser electronic sensors. This proven technology, integrated appropriately into the operational systems, allows the crane to come to a ‘normal’ stop prior to impact.
  • Risk of fire
    The incidence of fires in quay gantry cranes is low, certainly compared with mobile terminal equipment. However, the position of control machinery high up on the crane structure presents a considerable challenge to most port fire response services. Thus, it is important to install temperature and smoke detection systems and provide alarms for all relevant operational staff. Fully automatic fire suppression is also recommended.

The intention of the ‘Recommendations’ is to urge suppliers to include as standard, not optional, the baseline safety features on this list in all their quotations for container quay cranes. Terminals and buyers are also recommended to incorporate such requirements in their tender specifications. In many instances the safety features identified can be retrofitted to existing equipment. This publication aims to contribute to protecting the substantial asset investment and minimising costs and injuries associated with any type of accident.

The ‘Recommended Minimum Safety Features for Quay Container Cranes’ document Revision 1 now available free from the websites of TT Club, PEMA and ICHCA.

https://www.ttclub.com/news-events/press-releases/quay-cranes-minimum-safety-features-updated-150863/

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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 vessel 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 worldwide office network providing claims management services, and first class risk management and loss prevention advice.

www.ttclub.com

ABOUT PEMA

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) was established in 2004 to provide a forum and public voice for the global port equipment and technology sectors, reflecting their critical role in enabling safe, secure, sustainable and productive ports, and thereby supporting world maritime trade.

Chief among the aims of the Association is to foster good relations within the world port equipment and technology community, by providing a forum for the exchange of views on trends in design, manufacture and operation of port equipment and technology.

PEMA also promotes and supports the global role of port equipment and technology by raising awareness with customers, the media and other stakeholders; forging relations with other port industry associations and bodies; and contributing to best practice initiatives and information.

PEMA’s growing membership represents a cross-section of port equipment OEMs, suppliers of components including brakes, cable reels, controls, drive systems, tyres and more, providers of software, systems and other advanced technologies, and expert consultants in the field of port equipment and technology.

www.pema.org

ABOUT ICHCA INTERNATIONAL

ICHCA International is the only global association dedicated to the promotion of safety and efficiency in the handling and movement of goods by all modes and throughout the supply chain.

Originally established in 1952 and incorporated in 2002, the Association operates through a series of Local, National and Regional Chapters, Panels, Working Groups and Correspondence Groups and represents the cargo handling world at various international organizations, including the International Maritime Organization (IMO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

ICHCA International members include ports, terminals, transport companies and other groups associated with cargo handling and coordination. Members of its Panels represent a substantial cross-section of senior experts and professionals from all sectors of the cargo transport industry globally.

Members benefit from consulting services and informative publications dealing with technical matters, best practice advice and cargo handling news.

www.ichca.com