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TT Club Highlights Cyber Activity is the Norm not the Exception

Speaking at the 6th Med Ports Conference in Livorno (Italy) last month, TT Club’s Andrew Huxley highlighted that cyber activity is a daily operational risk which needs to be addressed urgently. 

London, 3rd May, 2018

According to freight transport specialist insurer TT Club, supply chain operators are vulnerable to disruptive cyber activity, from criminals or other perpetrators, impacting operations and putting commercially sensitive or confidential data at risk.

Huxley explained, “Many in the marine supply chain business have operations characterised by widespread office networks and a reliance on multiple third party suppliers. Often IT systems are of an in-house, legacy nature, which may be poorly protected by security software.” Specifically, ports and terminals are exposed to threats as they are at the confluence of physical and communications activity.  The data interfaces are complex and the drive towards interconnected control systems and efficient processes, exacerbates the opportunities for outside malicious interference. Most of all, at the ship/port interface there is much opportunity to cause loss and damage, far beyond the persistent exposure to criminal activity.

The problem is intensifying. At a global level reports by AV-TEST indicate that on average 4.2 new files of malware code were generated every second last year.  From a maritime supply chain perspective an example of serious IT incursion in 2017 was the spoofing attack on over twenty ships in Novorossiysk (Russia). Navigation experts claim the spoofing sent false signals and resulted in ship-board equipment providing false information as to the location of the ships. There is speculation that this incident could have been a state-sponsored attack. A second incident, the NotPetya strike, impacted many in the supply chain, including AP Moller-Maersk, resulting in large scale disruption and substantial costs for those immediately impacted and their partners.

As to the extent of attacks, research that is available reveals a worrying situation.  “A BIMCO survey in 2016 suggested that more than 20% of respondents admitted to cyber attacks and last year a SeaIntel Maritime Analysis report estimated that 44% of the top 50 container carriers had weak or inadequate cyber security policies and processes,” stated TT Club’s Huxley.

The US Coast Guard issued a draft Navigation and Vessel Inspection Circular (NAVIC) titled ‘Guidelines for Addressing Cyber Risks at Maritime Transportation Security Act (MTSA) Regulated Facilities’. The circular currently under review requires incorporation of personnel training, drills and exercises to test capabilities, security measures for access control, handling cargo, delivery of stores, procedures for interfacing with ships and security systems and equipment maintenance.

Additional national and regional initiatives, exemplified in the European Union by the Directive on Security of Network and Information Systems (NIS Directive) and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), are indicative of the development of regulatory expectations. While the latter does not directly address it, cyber protection is intrinsically at the core of data protection. Such initiatives, together with known vulnerabilities, highlight that cyber security is ever more pertinent for ports and terminals, as well as the broader supply chain community.

TT Club, jointly with UK P&I Club (also managed by Thomas Miller) and cyber security consultants NYA, has published a paper entitled ‘Risk Focus: Cyber – Considering Threats in the Maritime Supply Chain’.  This is available as a free download here

Huxley introduced the paper in his Livorno presentation, “As an insurance mutual, TT Club has always been dedicated to minimising risk through its loss prevention efforts. By publishing ‘Risk Focus: Cyber’ we hope to generate more awareness of the risks to help combat the situation.  Ultimately, the main threat continues to derive from human error – downloading malicious content, opening an unsecured web browser or falling victim to social engineering attacks and phishing scams.”

Awareness of the nature of potential attacks and the need for protection is clearly a crucial initial step towards thorough risk assessment and mitigation – and this needs to become part of corporate culture.

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Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

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Enhanced Hazcheck Restrictions Portal Launched

Exis Technologies, with the support of leading shipping and freight insurers, TT Club and UK P&I Club, is announcing its next phase of implementation of its Hazcheck Restrictions Portal at the transport industry’s Multimodal 2018 event at Birmingham’s NEC today*

Birmingham & Darlington, UK, 1 May 2018

In order to help reduce incidents caused by undeclared or misdeclared dangerous goods (DG), Exis Technologies’ Hazcheck software has been facilitating the operations of a number of major container shipping lines.  However, a key element of streamlining is now being offered through the development of a portal integrating port restrictions.  This portal is designed to simplify the end-to-end management of DG booking processes, taking account also of carrier, ship and partner line restrictions.

Supported by the two insurance mutuals and developed with the in-house IT expertise of Exis Technologies, the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal is now moving into a new implementation phase.  This concentrates on urging container lines, ports and terminals to upload their DG handling policies and restrictions into the portal free of charge, allowing use by shippers, forwarders and others involved in the movement of such goods.

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox commented, “Varying estimates put declared DG at around 10% of all containerised shipments, with the result that some ships will have in excess of a thousand DG containers on any given voyage. As recent incidents of on-board fires have shown, the cocktail of DG can have catastrophic effects.  There are numerous issues involved, but the business case to engage with a uniform data process is clear. All supply chain stakeholders benefit from improving clarity for carriage by sea; the most urgent need is for the port/terminal community to commit to upload and maintain the relevant data via the Exis portal.”

UK P&I Club’s Stuart Edmonston is equally supportive of the Exis initiative synching with both Clubs’ missions to improve safety in DG shipping, “We are delighted to collaborate with Exis in promoting the work on this portal.  Clearer information on how DG should be correctly handled and shipped is vital in avoiding loss of life and damage to ships and cargo at sea.  Our recently published guide ‘Book it right and pack it tight’ also encourages best practice for packing dangerous goods for carriage by sea.’**

There is a growing awareness among the shipping community that each carrier has been collating its own record of restrictions in relation to house policies, ship owner policies, ship constraints and restrictions applied at ports/terminals of loading, transit, transhipment and discharge. This inconsistent approach is complex, creating possibility for error or failure to update, and pure inefficiency – all in an area that is intended to achieve compliance and safety, but is hugely burdensome and delivers zero competitive advantage.

The Exis Hazcheck Restrictions Portal is aimed at resolving these inefficiencies.  Simple comparisons demonstrate that there are material differences in understanding and interpretation about the way that, in particular, port/terminal prohibitions, restrictions and additional requirements operate. Exis Technologies is exhibiting at Multimodal to encourage stakeholders to take advantage of making their own rules and regulations clearer to users of shipping and port services.

*Please visit stand TV6, Tees Valley Pavilion for more information

**www.ttclub.com/fileadmin/uploads/tt-club/Documents/UK-TT_BIRPIT_2018_secured.pdf

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About Exis Technologies

Exis Technologies, headquartered in Darlington, UK, is the leading supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport.  For over 30 years major container shipping lines, ports and shippers have been relying on Hazcheck Systems for regulatory compliance, efficiency and safety in their global operations. 9 of the top 10 container lines are customers. Exis has recently worked with industry partners to develop a new restrictions portal for container lines/ports (Hazcheck Restrictions) and a hazardous goods incidents database (CINSnet).

Exis Technologies also develops e-learning courses.  IMDG Code e-learning is a cost-effective training solution for shore side staff that has been implemented by 6 of the top 10 container lines as well as shippers and logistics operations worldwide.  Exis also sells CTUpack e-learning courses for the safe handling and packing of cargo transport units (CTUs) and Tank Contaner e-learning for the safe operation of a tank container.

For further information please contact:

Melanie Stephenson

T: +44 (0)1325 466672

E: melanie.stephenson@existec.com

W: www.existec.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 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.

www.ttclub.com

About UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1865 the UK P&I Club insures over 239 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Stable)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves and hybrid capital of $558m, 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 Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

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Full Details of Innovative Supply Chain Safety Measures Published

ICHCA International has today published a digest of entries to the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, comprising no fewer than twenty-two effective improvemen180215 2nd TT Club Innovatin in Safety Awardsts to supply chain practices

15.02.2018 – Presented at ICHCA’s 65th anniversary conference last year, the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award aimed to highlight the importance of safety at a time of increased operational demands on the cargo handling infrastructure and operations worldwide. The Award, open to any individual or organisation involved in cargo logistics around the world, required entrants to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation had resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety. The range of entries displayed both a great diversity of safety issues, as well as tremendous passion, effort and ingenuity.

Welcoming the digest’s publication, TT Club Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox said, “TT Club has always emphasised the critical nature of loss prevention in its role as a primary supplier of liability and property insurance to those in the supply chain industry. As such, we remain dedicated to encouraging safety awareness and applaud ICHCA’s initiative in publishing this wealth of innovative ideas to improve global supply chain safety. TT Club works closely with ICHCA and has done so for a number of years in producing safety advisory documents and urging sound operational practice wherever and whenever possible.”

The digest published today provides in-depth details of each safety improvement that was submitted for the 2017 Award, of course including the winning entry, Hapag Lloyd’s Cargo Patrol. This is an industry-leading attempt to reduce fraudulent cargo declarations that obscure the true identity of dangerous goods transported around the globe. Also included is an explanation of Safety Ammo, awarded the 2017 ‘Highly Commended’ prize. An RFID-based safety solution, developed with DP World Brisbane, this minimises the dangers faced by workers who physically handle twistlocks on the underside of containers on the waterfront.

The full digest, including details of all entries submitted, is available to download for free here.

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Notes to Editors:

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 Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a 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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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.

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TT Club Honours Newcomer of the Year at Seahorse Journalist Awards

Newcomer Winner - Sophie Barnes (Presented by Mikaela Revel, TT Club)

Mikaela Revel, Marketing Manager of TT Club presents the Seahorse Newcomer of the Year Award to Sophie Barnes of Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International

London, 15th December, 2017

TT Club, International insurance provider to the freight transport and cargo handling industries, has been an enthusiastic supporter of the Seahorse Club Journalist Awards for some years. The Awards are specifically for media professionals active in the maritime, air cargo and logistics arena. At the 2017 Awards Presentation this week TT Club again sponsored the category that encourages and celebrates new blood in the press ranks of freight transport. The Newcomer of the Year was announced as Sophie Barnes of Heavy Lift and Project Forwarding International.

Marketing Manager of TT Club, Mikaela Revel explained the Club’s thinking behind its support for the Award, “A primary aim of TT Club is to advise its Members and the industry as a whole about safety and risk mitigation issues. As such, effective communication through the media is an important priority for us and we believe that new talent is very much worth nurturing.”

Editors of international media outlets in the sector were asked to nominate journalists with no more than two year’s experience, and who show outstanding potential of the salient issues facing the modern freight transport industry. Furthermore, the editors were urged to identify candidates producing consistently high quality content, providing an informative read and a balanced view on the subject at hand.

This year the calibre of nominee’s writing was of an extremely high quality. The judges commented, “The scoring between those on the short-list was close, Sophie really shone through as a clear winner. Her article encompassed a very rounded discussion of a complex topic, presented with great understanding and in a mature writing style”.

Both TT Club and Seahorse encourage editors to nominate members of their staff to enter the 2018 Awards next year, especially in this Newcomer category. The nominees are voted for by their journalist peers and judged by an experienced group of industry professionals, it is a unique accolade for young aspiring freight journalists.

As Mikaela Revel concluded, “We are keen that young, enthusiastic and well trained journalists are encouraged to thrive in the sector. I’m delighted to say that the standard of entrants for the Newcomer category were outstanding in their level of professionalism and balanced reportage.”

Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

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High and Lows of Port Risk: TT Club Provides Guidance

The foremost port and cargo handler insurer, TT Club has spoken of the risk factors most commonly facing port authorities and terminal operators, offering focused advice on how these entities can most easily minimise risk of damage to both cargo and equipment, bodily injuries and reputational impairment.

Barcelona & London, 11th December, 2017

Speaking at October’s Mediterranean Ports Conference in Barcelona, Dorota Jilli, a Senior Underwriter at TT Club, outlined the insurer’s broad approach to the risks presented in the port environment, borne out of the benefit of TT Club’s vast experience of providing cover to a large variety of port authorities and terminal operators around the globe. Apart from assessing the differing business models and activities, the Club also carries out detailed analysis of historical claims of all types including property, liability and bodily injury, in order to provide effective advice on loss prevention and risk management.

“The risk profile of ports and terminals can be measured against a basic matrix,” said Jilli in her presentation. “For example, cargo handling operations will fall into a higher end of risk assessment if they have poor equipment maintenance or lack staff training regimes. A culture of favouring productivity over safety, or scant attention to security are key characteristics of higher risk operations.”

For landlord port authorities, which don’t provide operational services but grant concessions to operators, heightened risk factors include poorly constructed contracts with concessionaires or other port community stakeholders. A lack of emergency response protocols or clarity of interface with other port service providers also lead to greater risk.

Those operations that are found at the lower end of the risk spectrum feature well-trained and motivated workforce and a management culture with commitment to safety, properly maintained equipment and secure premises.  In the case of landlord authorities those at lower risk display a strong element of control over the relationship with their tenants, having robust contracts in place with port stakeholders and plan carefully for the correct response to emergencies.

Naturally, each port environment is individual and different, but Jilli stated that the risks faced by both ports and operators are both symbiotic and able to be grouped for risk assessment purposes. While direct involvement in cargo operations, for example, has certain risk factors, setting appropriate frameworks and contracts may be equally important for those acting more in the ‘landlord’ capacity.

“In this environment, it would be fallacy to think that non-operational risks are entirely benign,” Jilli said. “Furthermore, the interactions between the port community stakeholders, for activities such as navigation, berthing or emergency response, are critical not just for liability but also on-going successful outcomes.”

The presentation proceeded to explain how TT Club is committed to communicating lessons from incidents, as much in relation to improving risk management as evidencing the need for adequate insurance protection. Case examples illustrated the ways in which risks have arisen and may be mitigated. However, Jilli was careful to highlight that port entities, both operational and landowning (which are often governmental) should consider the effect of uninsured costs that can transpire from accidents. “Well-established research evidences that uninsured or economic loss arising from incidents may be as much as $36 for every $1 that is recovered under an insurance policy,” she quoted. “In the unfortunate event of a serious incident, unexpected expenses will be incurred such as diversion of management time, delays in re-establishing normal revenue streams, temporary additional labour and emergency supplies, and on-going reputational damage among others.”

Common sense in the consideration of the complete port community risk universe should be part of all good risk management for all stakeholders.

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Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

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Call for United Front on Cargo Safety

Amsterdam, 28th November, 2017

Safety aspects of the way in which cargo is packed and transported in unit loads across the global supply chain continue to be the focus of opportunities for improvement.  During a session of the Intermodal Europe Conference in Amsterdam today, four industry organisations representing different sectors of the supply chain have been drawing attention, in particular, to the responsibilities of container owners and operators in providing equipment that is fit for purpose and  properly packed with cargo as set out in the CTU Code.

The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC) have for some months now been working together to improve safety through a focus on cargo integrity.   The specific aim has been to promote wider use of the IMO endorsed CTU Code[1] for correct packing and securing of all cargo transport units (CTUs).  Improved standards of declaration and handling of dangerous goods are also within the scope of the Code, together with steps to prevent pest contamination, and the provision of containers and other equipment that comply with international rules and standards.

The Code calls for effective interaction between the shipper, who is responsible for specifying requirements for the type of equipment suitable for the cargo intended to be carried, and the container operator in providing units that satisfy such requirements, meet applicable safety and manufacturing standards, and are clean.  Faulty and badly maintained units may have as serious ramifications as incorrect and deficient packing of cargo inside the units.

The Intermodal Conference followed a meeting of the Container Owners Association (COA – http://www.containerownersassociation.org/) earlier in the week and Bill Brassington, representing ICHCA, drew attention to the importance of liaising with that group to ensure safe containers are provided. “While we wish to create greater awareness to the way in which cargo is correctly packed into units, we must also emphasise that those units are suitable.  Our group and the COA are working together to advise operators of their responsibilities,” he said.

“Engagement with governments and industry groups representing the diverse mix of supply chain stakeholders is one of our primary goals,” explained TT Club’s Peregrine Storrs-Fox. “Through communication and understanding of the safety issues comes a wider implementation of the CTU Code and other best practices aimed at cargo and environmental safety.  To this end we urge regulatory and advisory bodies as well as associations to unite with us in spreading the good word.”

The group has been working with the IMO for some time, contributing to aspects of the CTU Code and other regulatory recommendations, but there remains an element of concern that governments may not effectively be communicating agreed IMO requirements and advisory information within their jurisdictions.

Lars Kjaer of the WSC explained, “Although the IMO agreed to amend SOLAS[2] to require a verified gross mass of packed containers as a condition for vessel loading, government enforcement of the regulation may be uneven. We want to make sure that governments as well as industry are promoting the CTU Code and its best practices to all parties in the CTU supply chain around the globe.”

Of course, those that pack the units are primarily responsible for cargo integrity and safety.  These individuals act on behalf of the shipper or beneficial cargo owners.

Chris Welsh as Secretary General of the GSF is representative of shippers within the group of four. He spoke in Amsterdam of the complexity of interaction between stakeholders in the supply chain and how this adds further to the need to engage all in promoting safety.  He stated, “In many modern international supply chains there are multiple ‘hand-offs’ where cargo is passed variously from manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, warehouses, consolidators, forwarders and logistics operators to shipping lines.  Ultimately, however, it is the responsibility of the shipper as the party causing the transport of the CTU unit to demand and control compliance with proper packing standards, and to specify the type of equipment needed for the cargo. This is a responsibility clearly set out in the CTU Code. It cannot be negated or ignored irrespective of the complexity of the logistics chain.”

The challenge taken forward by this industry group is communication to all stakeholders. Through governmental and industry events, progress is being made in increasing awareness of the CTU Code and linking with other organisations which can assist in promoting its widespread adoption in order to deliver improved safety and sustainability in the international supply chain.

[1] IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/CargoSecuring/Pages/CTU-Code.aspx)

[2] International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), 1974, as amended

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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: www.globalshippersforum.com

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:  www.ichca.com

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: www.ttclub.com

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: www.worldshipping.org

 

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TT Club Highlights Global Supply Chain Weakness to Cyber Attack

13th November, 2017

The Trans- Pacific Asia Conference, held in Shenzhen, China last month provided an opportune forum for leading international freight transport insurer, TT Club to add its voice to growing concerns over the frailty of the global supply chain when faced with cyber-attack.

Alexis Cahalan, formerly of the TT Club, now with Thomas Miller Law based in Sydney, emphasized the logistics and freight forwarding community’s particular vulnerability to disruptive cyber activity.  “Operations which are characterized by widespread office networks;  reliance on multiple third party suppliers;  IT systems predominantly of an in-house, legacy nature, which are poorly protected by security software; and a lack of open communication and reporting of damaging past cyber experiences, are common within the global logistics community.  These characteristics lead to greater risk,” Cahalan emphasized.

Her conference paper, entitled ‘Cyber Risk: Protecting Your Assets from Invisible Attack’ referenced the recent “not Petya” incident as evidence that the risk of cyber attack is now a reality which needs to be seriously addressed by all participants in the transport supply chain.  “There is a case for employing a corporate culture of risk management to assess these vulnerabilities within individual companies and to develop a response framework with this in mind,” advised Cahalan.

Risks are increasing rapidly not just in terms of greater hacking and malware activity.  The desire for supply chain visibility and efficiencies is driving technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things and access through smart phones and the like.  There is a danger that rapid adoption of such technology means many companies have yet to consider thoroughly the cyber security implications of BYOD (‘bring your own device’) procedures.

TT Club is committed to preparing appropriate loss prevention and risk management advice and support for freight transport operators on an ongoing basis. Defensive action in such a challenging environment can’t be whittled down to just one area of operation. However, human behaviour, both a successful supply chain’s greatest strength and weakness, can be usefully targeted.

“Employee awareness of the potential dangers of day-to-day activities will help with cyber defences. Trust in email communication, auto-connect Wi-Fi settings and password protocols, peripheral equipment and flash drives, computers in general, should all be monitored and reviewed,” concluded Cahalan. “Staff and contractors should be brought to understand that the critical balance between ease of operation and security may bring inconvenience. A corporate culture that articulates, enforces and educates cyber defence will achieve much in terms of mitigating risk.”

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Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

 

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FIATA Announce Winner of Young Forwarder Award

The 2017 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award has been presented to Bradley Davis of Canada at the FIATA annual World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

171010 YIFFY Award

YIFFY Award Winner 2017: (l-r) Michael Yarwood, TT Club; Thomas Sim, Chairman of FIATA’s Advisory Board Vocational Training; Award Winner Bradley Davis; Hu Xiang Zhao, President of FIATA

10th October 2017

Each year FIATA celebrates the achievements of young freight forwarders representing national associations at its annual World Congress.  This year was no exception as over 1,000 attendees at the Kuala Lumpur Congress congratulated the winner of the Young Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award, Bradley Davis of Canada.

Specialist insurance provider to the international freight transport industry, TT Club is proud to have sponsored this award throughout its nineteen year history and Senior Loss Prevention Executive Mike Yarwood was on hand to announce the winner and present the award with a brief speech, in which he cited the important achievements in training made by FIATA and its members.

FIATA and TT Club duly recognise the succession challenges facing many areas of the global industry and therefore the need to invest in the development and education of young logistics professionals. The YIFFYA competition provides opportunities for all candidates, of which there were twenty-two this year, to demonstrate and develop their knowledge of the industry. The competition remains both challenging and rewarding for the candidates, requiring as it does each to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining an import and export shipment from their native country.

Each year four regional finalists are selected and are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each finalist with invaluable learning and networking opportunities. In addition the overall winner of the award is invited to attend two, one week training sessions with the TT Club at one of their regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong as well as a one year subscription to the International Transport Journal.

Commenting on the outstanding quality of the work presented to the judges this year, Yarwood said, “From a highly professional and broad array of entries the YIFFY Steering Committee selected a shortlist of four regional finalists. These four young professionals were then asked to deliver a short presentation on their dissertation topic to the steering committee at the World Congress. I would like to congratulate all four finalists for their polished presentations and especially, of course to our winner Bradley Davis.”

The four regional finalists for the 2017 competition were:

Region: Africa/Middle East  -  Tinasche Chiwanza – Zimbabwe (SFAAZ)

Region: Americas  –  Bradley Davis – Canada (CIFFA)

Region: Asia/Pacific  –  Nian Wan – China (CIFA)

Region: Europe  –  Nina Brose – Germany (DSLV)

The judges stressed that the dissertations this year were of a particularly high standard. The work of the entrants as a whole admirably demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the logistics skills employed in its service.  The diverse subjects covered by the dissertations included the transport of Zoological Animals, Olympic Team Equipment, Agricultural Chemicals, Wine and Raw Tea, a clear example of the variety of challenges the industry is facing to provide crucial trade services

The TT Club sponsored award is presented in recognition of operational excellence in the logistics field and was established by FIATA with the support of TT Club to encourage the development of quality training in the industry and to reward young talent with additional valuable training opportunities and enhanced visibility. The TT Club has been a sponsor of the award since its inception and remains firmly committed to the importance of individual training and development within the global freight forwarding and logistics community, which is regarded by FIATA as a strategic important cooperation.

Yarwood concludes, “We are pleased to be continuing our sponsorship of this unique award into 2018. Once again, we hope that the competition will prove to be successful in terms of attracting outstanding candidates from across the globe.”

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Notes to editors:

TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services. As a mutual insurer, TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

About FIATA

FIATA, the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, was founded in Vienna, Austria on May 31st 1926. It is a non-governmental organisation that today represents an industry covering approximately 40,000 forwarding and logistics firms, employing around 10 million people in some 160 countries.

FIATA has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations (inter alia ECE, ESCAP, ESCWA, etc.), the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and the UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) as well as many other UN related bodies, e.g. the World Bank. It is recognised as representing the freight forwarding industry by many other governmental organisations, governmental authorities, private international organisations in the field of transport and logistics, such as the European Commission (through CLECAT), the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Union of Railways (UIC), the International Road Transport Union (IRU), the World Customs Organization (WCO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), etc.

 

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This Year’s Innovation in Safety Award Goes to …. Hapag Lloyd

171005 TT Club Innovation Award

Caption: (l-r) Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club; Ken Rohlmann, Senior Director Cargo Service, Hapag-Lloyd (Winner: Hapag-Lloyd Cargo Patrol) ; Joseph Westwood Booth, IMO’s Senior Deputy Director, Maritime Safety

The TT Club Innovation in Safety Award was presented earlier this week to Ken Rohlmann who heads Hapag Lloyd’s Cargo Patrol Team.  The initiative is an industry-leading attempt to reduce fraudulent cargo declarations that obscure the true identity of dangerous goods transported around the globe

Las Palmas, Spain, 5th October 2017

The TT Club Innovation in Safety Award is now in its second year and the winner was announced at ICHCA’s 65th Anniversary Conference in Las Palmas this week.  The Award is aimed at identifying innovative developments that engender greater safety and efficiency in the intermodal supply chain. Following the inauguration of the award last year, TT Club and ICHCA have been delighted with the response of the industry, which resulted this year in some twenty-two high quality entries, each revealing exciting and proven improvements to supply chain practices.

In introducing the award, international freight insurer TT Club’s Risk Management Director Peregrine Storrs-Fox commented, “One of the more serious issues that continues to blight the entire shipping industry is non-compliance in relation to the transport of restricted commodities and dangerous goods. It is estimated that this is the root cause of a major shipboard fire, on average every 60 days. All shipping lines have attempted to mitigate the problem but Hapag-Lloyd has long been at the forefront, creating in 2011 what has become the ‘Cargo Patrol’ search engine.”

Indeed the value of Cargo Patrol has grown year on year and now identifies in the order of 1,250 potential undeclared or misdeclared bookings each day. During 2016, the total of 264,000 alerts resulted in 4,200 positive ‘hits’ – many of these bookings were subsequently cancelled by the line.  As this often results in the ‘problem’ cargo moving on to another line, Hapag-Lloyd has taken the decision to pass its software to IBM for further development and in order to make the solution accessible to all shipping lines.

In accepting the award, Ken Rohlmann said, “Hapag-Lloyd is delighted to receive this prestigious Innovation in Safety Award. I’d like to dedicate the award to my colleagues from the Hapag-Lloyd IT department, who built Cargo Patrol as an in-house solution, and of course to my Cargo Patrol Team, who tirelessly investigate all the potential misdeclarations day by day. This award will further motivate us in the work to keep our crews safe.”

The judging process was rigorous and intense, as the range of entries displayed both a great  diversity of safety issues, as well as tremendous passion, effort and ingenuity.  The task of evaluating the entries was, for the five judges (listed below) therefore a formidable one; so much so, in fact that they chose to also award a Highly Commended honour. This went to Safety Ammo.

The dangers faced by ‘pinning’ workers – those who physically handle twistlocks on the underside of containers on the waterfront – are considerable.  Safety Ammo is a RFID-based safety solution that brings together practical operational expertise within a range of technologies and requires minimal user interaction. It monitors in real time any personnel within the safe zone and indicates all activity through a simple interface. The result is that the ‘pinning station’ can notify any external control systems of workers’ whereabouts, thereby significantly increasing the safety of those exposed.

ICHCA International’s Captain Richard Brough thanked Joseph Westwood Booth, the IMO’s Senior Deputy Director, Maritime Safety, who presented the award and also commented, “ICHCA is proud of the level on safety initiatives that the award has encouraged and would like to thank TT Club for its help in administering the awards process and financial support through its continued sponsorship.”

ENDS

Notes to Editors:

About the ICHCA International ‘Innovation in Safety’ Award

Open to individuals, teams or companies involved in cargo logistics, entrants for the ICHCA International Innovation in Safety Award had to provide evidence to show that a product, idea, solution, process or scheme had resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.

Judging panel:

Jan Boermans, Chair, ISP

Bill Brassington, Owner, ETS Consulting

Richard Brough, Technical Adviser and Observer, ICHCA International

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club

Rachael White, CEO Secretariat, ICHCA International

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.

www.ichca.com | www.ichca-australia.com

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About TT Club

The TT Club is the international transport and logistics industry’s leading provider of insurance and related risk management services.  As a mutual insurer, the TT 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.

Customers include some of the world’s largest shipping lines, busiest ports, biggest freight forwarders and cargo handling terminals, to companies operating on a smaller scale but whose operations face similar risks. TT Club specialises in the insurance of Intermodal Operators, NVOCs, Freight Forwarders, Logistics Operators, Marine Terminals, Stevedores, Port Authorities and Ship Operators. The TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller. www.ttclub.com

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services
  • Building defects insurance

www.thomasmiller.com

 

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TT Club/UK P&I and Exis Technologies join forces to move Hazcheck Restrictions Portal into next development phase

London and Darlington, UK, 3 October 2017

To be announced at ICHCA Conference, Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain

2-6 October 2017

Freight insurance specialist TT Club and the UK P&I Club, a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community, two Thomas Miller managed transport insurers have joined forces with Exis Technologies to move the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal into its next development phase.  Hazcheck Restrictions enables participating lines to enter (or upload) and maintain the operator, vessel and port restrictions for their operations, check for dangerous goods (DG) compliance with partner lines and accept provisional bookings.  The portal started as an initiative with several major container lines that already used Exis Technologies range of Hazcheck compliance systems for their DG shipping operations, particularly to resolve issues posed under vessel sharing agreements.

The next phase of implementation involves encouraging container lines, ports, terminals, shippers and forwarders to upload their data into the portal free of charge for a minimum of two years.  Facilitating the retrieval of the whole range of information from the portal for operational use may lead to a new global portal for the whole supply chain to use in helping to make operations more efficient and safer.

The announcement is made at the International Cargo Handling Association (ICHCA) Conference held in Las Palmas, this October, attended by shipping lines, ports and terminals, as well as shippers and intermodal operators, discussing the latest ways to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the cargo handling industry worldwide.

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club commented, “TT Club has been working alongside Exis Technologies since 2009 to deliver e-learning training solutions to the global supply chain.  The Hazcheck Restrictions portal is an ambitious initiative aimed at reducing incidents related to dangerous goods shipments.  Stakeholder engagement, particularly from ports and terminals, has the potential to deliver a portal which will make a huge difference for the intermodal industry.”

James Douglas, Director, Exis Technologies said, “We are delighted that TT Club and UK P&I Club have recognised the potential in our Hazcheck Restrictions portal.  We hope that the supply chain will join us in our efforts to create this exciting new portal”.

Why is the portal needed?

It is estimated that 10% of containerised shipments include DG, with the result that some ships will have in excess of a thousand containers on any given voyage. This necessitates critical checks to be made against the particular voyage legs (voyage segments between ports/ terminals) for all the DG being shipped. These checks are complex:

  • Most lines restrict or prohibit certain classes of DG (particularly explosives, radioactive materials and some organic peroxides in reefer containers) so the booking line needs to know if the partner line that will carry the box or boxes will accept the DG.
  • Detailed stowage requirements (–such as on deck only, away from accommodation, or away from sources of heat) mean that suitable space is finite.
  • Many ports and individual container terminals have strict rules on the classes of DG that can be loaded, unloaded or transhipped, or even present on board while the ship is in port. Significant disruption can ensue if the ‘wrong’ DG is aboard a ship.

Multiply this process by the thousands of partner line DG bookings made each day and by the number of ports/terminals in the network, under time pressure, and the scale and complexity of the problem becomes clear. Unlike the world of airline cargo shipments there is no single database of port and terminal restrictions or indeed operator restrictions. This leaves each shipping line trying to capture and keep its own record of port and terminal restrictions as they change on a frequent basis anywhere in their global network. The vision of the Hazcheck Restrictions Portal is to deliver significant simplification for all stakeholders, and improve safety and compliance.

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.

www.ttclub.com

About UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club is a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community. Established in 1865 the UK P&I Club insures over 239 million tonnes of owned and chartered shipping through its international offices and claims network. ‘A (Stable)’ rated by Standard & Poor’s with free reserves and hybrid capital of $558m, 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 Thomas Miller

Thomas Miller is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services.

Founded in 1885, Thomas Miller’s origins are in the provision of management services to mutual organisations, particularly in the international transport and professional indemnity sectors; where today they manage a large percentage of the foremost insurance mutuals. Thomas Miller also manages insurance facilities for all the self-employed barristers in England & Wales, as well as trustees of pension schemes, patent agents and housing associations.

Principal activities include:

  • Management services for transport and professional indemnity insurance mutuals
  • Investment management for institutions and private clients
  • Professional services including legal services, claims and captive management
  • Managing General Agency

www.thomasmiller.com 

About Exis Technologies

Exis Technologies, headquartered in Darlington, UK, has been a leading supplier of compliance systems for the management of dangerous goods in sea transport for nearly 30 years. They serve 9 of the top 10 container lines.  Exis has been developing e-learning courses for the transport industry since 2009 in collaboration with the International Maritime Organization and in partnership with the TT Club and ICHCA. www.existec.com

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