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Safe cargo packing, handling and transport: The need for better communication and cooperation

The industry coalition committed to promoting the use of the Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code)* stresses two of its primary aims: the need for more widespread communication of the Code’s existence and greater cooperation from all parties in the supply chain in putting the Code’s guidelines into practice in accordance with their roles and responsibilities.

Las Palmas, Spain, 3rd October, 2017

Safety improvements throughout the international supply chain can be made through the proper packing, handling  and transport of cargo transport units (CTUs), including containers, according to the four bodies making up the industry coalition, and which are responsible for a broad cross-section of the global CTU freight  industry.  Speaking at a special session of ICHCA International’s 65th anniversary conference in Las Palmas, Spain today a spokesperson from each coalition member – Global Shippers’ Forum, ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council – highlighted the varied challenges the industry faces in achieving such improvements.

Having addressed national government delegates at the IMO last month, impressing on them the shared responsibility to promote the Code’s use, the coalition members today turned their attention to cargo handlers and stevedores.

“Terminal operators and stevedores in many locations play a relatively minor role in packing containers and other CTUs. They nevertheless play an important role in identifying eccentrically loaded, overweight, bulging and otherwise dangerously packed units, and in taking appropriate steps to address any safety concerns,” said Captain Richard Brough representing the hosts, ICHCA International.  “In terms of disseminating this message, we are particularly pleased today to be able to address such a significant group from CARC, the Canarias/Africa Chapter of ICHCA, who are meeting with us this week.”

In highlighting the need for stepping up efforts to communicate the Code and its content, Peregrine Storrs-Fox of TT Club commented, “We recently surveyed some 6,000 industry professionals to ascertain their knowledge of the Code.  A low level response of 5% completing the questionnaire in itself indicates a lack of awareness. Of those expressing an opinion, just 56% felt the Code is sufficient to address safety issues.  Given the comprehensive nature of the Code, this suggests a need for more clarity and explanation of its important safety recommendations. Cooperation from all stakeholders across the global supply chain in order to improve this communication of the Code and, importantly, its uptake is vital.”

Exemplifying one aspect of the Code’s complexity but also its remarkable comprehensiveness, Lars Kjaer of the WSC examined the issue of pest contamination of containers and their cargoes. “The International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) confirms that the packing of sea containers with cargo is the most likely stage in the sea container supply chain at which pest contamination can occur,” emphasised Kjaer.  “Use of the Code, supported by targeted guidelines, will assist in efforts to mitigate this problem as all involved in the international container supply chain have a duty to ensure that CTUs and their cargoes are not infested with soil, plants, plant products, insects or other animals.”

It is clear that shippers and those acting on their behalf in packing containers and other CTUs around the world are a key group to be engaged in efforts to promote the Code in practice.  Chris Welsh, representing the Global Shippers Forum, also meeting in Las Palmas this week, is keen to spread the message. He commented, “Today’s meeting brings together in a single venue those who operate cargo handling facilities and the shippers and packers who initiate the movement. It is a key moment to bring our important safety messages to all elements of the supply chain and particularly those responsible for packing and securing cargo in CTUs.  We continue to call for cooperation from all such stakeholders to improve the industry’s safety record in this crucial regard.”

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

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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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Call for Packing Code’s Adoption and Enforcement

25th September, 2017

A coalition of leading cargo industry organisations representing the full breadth of the global supply chain is maintaining its campaign for safer practices in packing freight containers and other cargo transport units (CTUs). During a meeting held at the IMO during London International Shipping Week, the group asked delegates of IMO member states for the backing of their governments to communicate the content, to encourage and oversee the use of the IMO/ILO/UNECE[1] Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code) within their jurisdictions.

The four industry bodies, Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council (WSC) participated in the experts group that created the comprehensive guidance for safe and secure packing of CTUs and was thereafter adopted by each of the UN agencies during 2014. As such, the key stakeholders in the intermodal supply chain together with the leading freight industry insurer continue to drive forward the implementation of this important work.

Speaking on behalf of shippers, Chris Welsh, the Secretary General of GSF said, “Our coalition epitomises the depth of industry cooperation that exists in ensuring the safety of operatives across the supply chain and the security of cargo; now there is clearly a greater need for action by national governments to support these industry initiatives. In fact it is critical that governments play a role in effecting the more widespread use of the Code among those loading CTUs on a daily basis.”

TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox pointed out the importance of this awareness and enforcement of the Code, “The maritime freight container, in particular, has diversified the responsibility for safe cargo packing away from the historic concentration of expertise at quaysides and docks. Those packing containers at factories, warehouses and depots situated remotely from the port, or indeed from a railhead or other intermodal hub, are generally unaware of the consequences of a poorly packed steel coil and unsecured drum of hazardous chemicals. As a specialist insurer, TT Club continually sees the sad repercussions of truck rollovers and train derailments, cargo spillages, and explosions and fires at ports or on-board ships.”

Credible statistics are hard to come by, partly due to a lack of engagement by state authorities with IMO’s container inspection standard, but ICHCA International’s Richard Brough made an attempt to estimate the extent of the problem based on UNCTAD trade statistics and the results of the relatively few inspections made during the last fifteen years. “Extrapolating from the UNCTAD figure of 180 million TEUs traded, via the 24% of inspected containers carrying dangerous goods (DG) that were found to be badly packed and bearing in mind that cargoes declared as DG make up only around 10% of all containers, we can estimate that each year some 25.9 million containers are potentially poorly packed and pose a danger at some point on their journey along the supply chain.”

Lars Kjaer, Senior Vice President of WSC drew attention to the vital matter of container pest contamination explaining, “Carriers should ensure that empty containers to be delivered for packing are clean and pest free. However, the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) has confirmed that pest contamination of containers and their cargoes is most likely to occur at the point of packing. Shippers and packers need to take appropriate steps to prevent pest contamination of containers while in their custody.”

All four organisations are in no doubt about the extent of the task in hand to extend the best practices enshrined in the CTU Code to the majority of those involved in packing containers around the world. A lack of training, language problems, the sheer density of the information contained in the Code, dramatic variations in the types of cargo now being carried in containers and the complexities of international supply chains are among the myriad of challenges facing the industry in achieving widespread adoption. However, this coalition of industry bodies is determined to advance towards their goal and emphasise once more the crucial role that IMO member states should play in supporting their efforts.

For reference the full CTU Code can be found here http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/CargoSecuring/Pages/CTU-Code.aspx

 

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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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MEDIA CONTACTS:
   
World Shipping Council (WSC) TT Club
Ms. Anne Kappel
Vice President
Mr. Peter Owen

Port Care International

TEL:       +1 202 589 1235 TEL:       +44 (0)1737 248300
EMAIL:   akappel@worldshipping.org EMAIL:   peter@portcare.com
   
ICHCA International Global Shippers’ Forum
Ms. Holly Thompson Ms. Rona Hunnisett
Communications Officer Head of PR and Media
TEL:       +44 (0)20 3327 7560 TEL:     +44 (0)1892 552255

MOB:     +44(0)7818 450382

EMAIL:   holly.thompson@ichca.com EMAIL:   rhunnisett@fta.co.uk

 

[1] International Maritime Organization, International Labor Organization and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

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Guidance for Carrying Cargo in Non-operating Refrigerated Containers Issued

Two leading container industry bodies, the Container Owners Association (COA) and the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), supported by the leading freight transport insurer, TT Club have published an in-depth guide for those seeking to use refrigerated containers in non-operating mode to carry commodities not requiring temperature control.  The Guidelines give extensive advice on the risks involved and correct packing to protect both container and cargo.

London 12 September 2017

The use of ‘non-operating reefers’ (NOR) is common practice in the industry and has significant impact in reducing empty re-positioning costs for container operators.  However both COA and CINS are keen that all involved, including shippers, forwarders, packers and terminals are fully appraised of best practices in the use of such containers.  TT Club, in maintaining its commitment to minimising damage and loss in freight transport, is pleased to have contributed to this valuable guidance.

This new document entitled “Guidelines for the Carriage of Cargoes in Non-Operating Reefer Containers” outlines in detail the caution that must be employed in using NORs considering the difference in design between a reefer container and a regular General Purpose (GP) unit, noting specifically the internal dimensions, vulnerable insulation, weight distribution and expensive refrigeration machinery. Types of NOR cargo need to be approved and recommendations are given as to which should not be carried either because of risk of contamination or the inability to secure them sufficiently.

“Repositioning expensive reefer units after they have been emptied at destination is a constant challenge for container operators”, explains Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen – Maersk Line’s Head of Cargo Management, as well as Chairman of CINS and Deputy Chairman of the COA. “There is often insufficient temperature controlled cargo for the return leg of a reefer’s journey and therefore the unit has to be repositioned empty. On busy trade lanes, empty reefers are competing for slot space with revenue earning dry cargo, so the NOR solution is attractive.  However, care must be taken when loading NOR cargo, to avoid disproportionate costs being incurred in cargo loss and container damage.”

“These guidelines will be extremely useful in helping operators, shippers and those responsible for packing NORs make decisions that will project both cargo and reefer unit from such loss and damage,” comments TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.  “TT Club is therefore very pleased to have worked with COA and CINS in producing this valuable document.”

A PDF of the Guidelines is now available to download – click here

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Notes for Editors:

The Container Owners Association (COA) is an international organisation representing the common interests of all owners of freight containers.  Full members comprise container shipping lines and container leasing companies, while associate members include suppliers of container equipment and services.

The principle aims of the COA are as follows:

  • Development of Industry Standards – with the aim of promoting industry efficiency
  • Dissemination of information through Conferences, Training and Education
  • Lobbying relevant regulatory authorities and co-operation with industry groups
  • Promotion of Safe Operation of Containers
  • Promoting Environmental Awareness

www.containerownersassociation.org

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

Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) is a shipping line initiative, launched in September 2011, to increase safety in the supply chain, reduce the number of cargo incidents on-board ships and on land, and highlight the risks caused by certain cargoes and/or packing failures. Membership of CINS comprises over 65 percent of the world’s container slot capacity. The CINS database permits analysis of operational information on cargo and container incidents which lead to injury or loss of life, loss or serious damage of assets, or environmental concerns. The database includes root cause analysis.

CINS publishes Operational Guidelines on the carriage of certain cargoes in containers.

www.cinsnet.com

 

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Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting the CTU Code

16 August, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Register your attendance here

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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:  http://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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[1] http://www.imo.org/en/OurWork/Safety/Cargoes/CargoSecuring/Pages/CTU-Code.aspx

[2] www.bic-code.org/about-us/bic-awards

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Notes to Editors:

About TT Club

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

TT Club is managed by Thomas Miller.

www.ttclub.com

 

Panditrans Ltd

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

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

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

www.panditrans.com

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TT Club’s Support for FIATA Young Freight Forwarders Continues: Regional Award Winners Announced

London, 18 July 2017

TT Club, leading international freight insurer, is very proud to continue its sponsorship of FIATA’s Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year Award (YIFFYA), now in its nineteenth year.

FIATA and TT Club duly recognise the succession challenges facing many areas of the global supply chain 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 17 this year, to demonstrate and develop their knowledge of the industry. The competition remains both challenging and rewarding; each candidate being required  to submit a 6,000 word dissertation outlining a complex import and export shipment in which they have been involved.

Each year four regional finalists are selected and are invited to attend the FIATA World Congress, providing each candidate with invaluable learning and networking opportunities. The overall winner of the International Award will have the opportunity to attend two, one week training sessions with the TT Club at one of its regional headquarters in London, New Jersey or Hong Kong.  The winner also receives a year’s subscription to the industry publication, International Transport Journal (ITJ).

The four regional finalists, selected this year from the 17 young professionals representing their respective national associations which embraced the challenge are:-

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 entries this year were of a particularly high standard and produced a wide range of dissertation topics. The cargo moves chosen in many cases provided a captivating experience for the nine strong judging panel, making the selection of the four regional finalists extremely tough.

The level of knowledge and the dedication demonstrated by the candidates this year was humbling; the future of these passionate individuals must be embraced to safeguard a bright future for the logistics industry.

The work of the candidates fully demonstrated the complexity of processes carried out within the global supply chain and the required logistics skills to service it.  Cargoes featured in this year’s dissertations included Zoological Animals, Olympic Team Equipment, Agricultural Chemicals, Wine and Raw Tea, all of which exhibit the true diversity of the industry.

The regional finalists will travel to FIATA’s World Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (4th– 8th October 2017) in order to present their dissertations to the Steering Committee and be in contention for the overall International Award.

Mike Yarwood, TT Club’s Senior Loss Prevention Executive and Chair of the Award Steering Committee, commented, “From a highly professional and broad array of entries the YIFFYA judging panel have selected a shortlist of four regional finalists.  We greatly appreciate the continued support of the National Associations in submitting candidates to participate in, what we feel is a highly valuable competition. Whilst we celebrate the four finalists, we must congratulate all 17 candidates for their achievements in this year’s competition.”

 

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Safety Award Entry Deadline Extended

Entries for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award are gathering pace.  Now in its second year, TT Club welcomes an extension to the deadline for entries recently announced by the organisers, to 20th July and calls for more organisations to be acclaimed as safety innovators.

London, 12th July, 2017

The 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, which aims to highlight the crucial importance of safety in the cargo handling sector and throughout the supply chain, also has as its goal the recognition of the efforts of so many companies and individuals around the world who are dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day, and to acknowledge and foster innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics.

The innovations highlighted by entry in the awards will all feature in the official ICHCA award digest after the winners are announced in October, in an effort to publicise the good work being carried out by the industry in the area of safety innovation.

“At TT Club we wish to impress on the transport and logistics industry the ever-increasing need for vigilance in all aspects of operational safety, whether in terminals, at the berth, on board ship or at inland depots and warehouses or any other part of the supply chain.  While many lessons are learned, substantial risks to life, environment and assets remain to be mitigated,” comments TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox.

It is within this global environment that TT Club encourages renewed focus on safety measures that will reduce the many factors that too often result in injury and in some cases fatalities, as well impact on the environment or the destruction of value in cargo or assets.

TT Club together with ICHCA commend these safety awards to those striving to improve safety records and urge organisations committed to enter their products, services or initiatives. In particular, the awards provide an important opportunity to share good ideas and good practice in relation to safety with peers around the globe.

The Award is open to anyone – an individual, team or company – involved in cargo logistics.  Entrants are required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.

The new deadline for entries is Thursday 20th July and full details of the entry process and judging criteria can be found here.

The 2017 award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 3 October at the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas after day 1 of ICHCA International’s 65th Anniversary Conference and is a principal part of the evening’s awards programme.

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TT Club’s Specialised Cover for China-Europe Rail Link

Leading international freight transport insurer, TT Club is ensuring that its Members utilising the burgeoning Asia-Europe rail corridor for container traffic are adequately protected regarding liability exposures.

London, Hong Kong & Shanghai, 29 June 2017

Chinese Government investment in its ‘One Belt, One Road’ policy is considerable, aiming at developing trade via the overland route linking China and intervening regions to Europe, also sometimes referred to as the Silk Road.  Part of this investment has encouraged container freight, both east and westbound onto the rail services to and from fifteen European cities and multiple Chinese locations.

TT Club has been focused upon the growing Transport Operator and Logistics sector of the Asia Pacific region, and in particular on  mainland China for some time.  One of a number of initiatives the insurer has taken in order to provide effective support for this growth is to draw up robust trading conditions for multimodal transits offered by its Members.

“TT Club has throughout its near fifty year history been dedicated to facilitating container moves via all modes,” says Asia Pacific Regional Director Phillip Emmanuel.  “We are therefore well-placed by reason of our experience and network coverage to offer relevant insurance products and service for the rapidly expanding rail oriented Asia-Europe trade.”

Depending on the start/finish points, the 9-12,000 kilometre rail journey can take between 12 and 18 days; some thirty-five trains a week on average ran last year and carried over 150,000TEU.  Estimates based on the currently committed investment levels would see nearly half a million TEU moved on over 5,000 trains in three years’ time.  It is clear that TT Club logistics and forwarding Members are going to have an increasing requirement for the seamless multimodal cover and service provided.

True to its mutual heritage the Club also offers a variety of advisory facilities to additionally assist such transport operators.  An example is an International Freight Forwarding Agency Agreement developed to support Asian Members in making contracts with their customers. The agreement, offered in both English and Mandarin, stipulates the services to be performed by the operator, the liability regime in place and the responsibilities of the cargo interest.

In its latest initiative, TT Club has drafted trading conditions for use when moving freight by rail between China and Europe. These conditions aim to offer a contractual framework to meet the requirements of the ever growing trade flowing from the ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, reviving and developing the historic overland trade links. The Rail Consignment Note is a bilingual document in English and Mandarin addressing these requirements of moving freight across two continents and through multiple jurisdictions, where a number of legal regimes may be in force. The contractual terms (in English) on the reverse side of the Rail Consignment Note regulate the operator’s liability during the transit, with a Mandarin copy of these conditions available to supplement understanding.

“This work was developed in response to a specific request from one of our Members based in Hong Kong with extensive operations in mainland China,” explains Emmanuel. “And delivered to the market by using our expertise based in Shanghai, Hong Kong & London, this initiative is just one example of TT Club’s customer-focussed service mentality and our responsiveness to market trends – in this case the rapid growth of rail-based inter-continental trade.”

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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.

www.ttclub.com

 

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TT Club announces robust financial results for 2016 and AM Best affirms A- (Excellent) rating

TT Club, the leading international transport and logistics insurance provider, today announces its financial results for the year ended 31 December 2016, and AM Best affirms its A- (Excellent) rating for the 11th consecutive year

Highlights:

  • $177.8 million gross earned premiums (2015: $172.0 million)
  • $5.2 million surplus (2015: $4.8 million)
  • Total assets of $613.0 million (2015: $618.1 million)
  • Total surplus and reserves $185.8 million (2015: $178.1 million)
  • AM Best affirms financial strength rating  as  A- (Excellent)
  • 2016 financial year combined ratio of 95.3% (2015: 94.4%)

In his inaugural report since taking over from Knud Pontoppidan in July 2016, new Chairman of TT Club Ulrich Kranich, said: “2016 will be a year that many of us remember for some time. The theme of recent years of an increasing number of factors causing instability around the world has continued, and shows little sign of abating. Set in this context, the stability in the Club’s performance is extremely welcome.”

“The Club retained its A- (Excellent) financial strength rating from AM Best for the 11th successive year and maintaining this rating is one of our main objectives. Financial performance was in line with the Board’s business plan and the financial year combined ratio – the main measure of operating performance – was within its target risk appetite. As a mutual, the Club’s finances are managed to produce a small surplus and to achieve this was therefore an entirely satisfactory result.”

“2016 was a good year for new business for the Club and as its Member retention rate continued at the very high levels of recent years, premium income was managed to satisfactory levels. Attritional claims in 2016 were as expected, however, and positively contrasted to 2015, large claims in 2016 were just below the long-term trend level. The main claim event in 2016 was the demise of Hanjin Shipping which led to claims on the Club from transport operators and container lessors.”

“Overall, the Club’s surplus and reserves grew by US$ 5 million in the year. Regulatory and solvency capital remained very strong in the year and is forecast to continue as such in 2017, and accordingly it is expected the Club will maintain its AM Best A- rating in 2017.”

Charles Fenton, Chief Executive of TT Club, added: “In enduringly trying economic circumstances, TT Club continues to perform strongly and retain its financially strong position and maintain its AM Best Excellent A- rating. As we continue to work towards keeping insurance costs down, we remain committed to working with members and brokers to maintain our loss prevention and service levels to sustain our position as (one of) the world’s leading provider(s) of international transport and logistics insurance.”

Mr Kranich also made a warm tribute to Mr Pontoppidan’s leadership of the Club which has significantly strengthened and as a result has been able to cope very well with difficult market conditions in both the insurance and global transport markets.

The TT Club’s 2016 Annual Report and Financial Highlights can be downloaded by clicking here

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Notes to editors

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.

 

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
  • Building defects insurance

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ICHCA invites submissions for 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award

ICHCA International has opened the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award and invites submissions from anyone involved in cargo logistics who can show a demonstrable improvement to safety

12.04.2017 – ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO association, has opened the 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award which aims to highlight the importance of safety at a time of increased operational demands on cargo handling infrastructure and operations worldwide. The goal of the Award is equally to champion and celebrate the many companies and individuals around the world who are 100% dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day, and to acknowledge and foster innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics.

The inaugural Award was won last year by APMT Buenos Aires for its mobile port equipment ‘Safety Logging System’. This innovation produced measurable proven results in incident reduction and behavioural responses from the workforce. Entries for the 2016 award were numerous and varied, and the judges were pleased also to award a ‘Highly Commended’ prize to Andrew Ryan, as nominated by Asciano in Australia, for the simple concept of the ‘Ryan Key’. This tool enables semi-automatic twist locks that have partially failed or been incorrectly installed to be ‘locked’ open, eliminating the need for operatives to remain in the danger zone to hold them whilst the container is discharged. The full report from the 2016 Award, including details of all entries submitted, has recently been published and is available to download for free here.

Both ICHCA International and TT Club have a fundamental commitment to risk reduction throughout the supply chain and, in particular, to safety within cargo handling operations. Promoting such safety advice is paramount to the philosophy of the two organisations and the Award reflects this commitment.

In announcing the opening of the Award entry process for 2017, 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 offering this prestigious award.  TT Club has worked closely with ICHCA for a number of years, producing safety advisory documents and urging sound operational practice wherever and whenever possible. We look forward to celebrating the wealth of safety innovation that will once more be encouraged by this Award.”

The Award is open to anyone – an individual, team or company – involved in cargo logistics.  Entrants are required to show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety.

The deadline for entries is Thursday 29 June 2017 and full details of the entry process and judging criteria can be found here.

The 2017 award ceremony takes place on Tuesday 3 October at the Hotel Santa Catalina in Las Palmas after day 1 of ICHCA International’s 65th Anniversary Conference and is a principal part of the evening’s awards programme. The anniversary conference will be looking towards the future of cargo handling through 5 key sessions on how to make the global cargo chain SAFE, SUSTAINABLE, SECURE, SMART and SKILLED. ICHCA’s flagship event promises to bring together the big names in cargo handling to discuss the best ways to improve as an industry. Tickets are reduced by 25% for those who book before 31 May here.

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About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA’s privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters – including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) – plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.

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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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