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ICHCA to host packing seminar in October

[ September 17, 2013   //   ]

ICHCA International, the association for the global cargo handling industry, will host a one-day practical seminar on the new code of practice for packing cargo in London on 22 October. ‘Understanding the new IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) will be held aboard HQS Wellington on the River Thames and will focus on the new code’s terms, their potential impact and how they will be enforced.
Developed jointly by the International Maritime Organization, International Labour Organization and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the new Code of Practice will be far more comprehensive than the original 1997 packing guidelines and applies to all types of cargo moving in containers, trailers, swap bodies and railcars.
As highlighted recently by insurers the TT Club the Cargo Incident Notification Service (CINS), poor loading is responsible for an alarmingly high percentage of incidents.  According to the TT Club, which is sponsoring and speaking at the seminar, poor packing and securing of cargoes should now be even more of a concern for members of the supply chain than inaccurate container weighing, an issue that has received much attention of late.
ICHCA International chairman David Bendall said: “Proper packing and securing of cargoes is a matter of universal supply chain concern, and not just in terms of dealing with new global rules,. With the final draft of the new Code being considered at the IMO’s 18th DSC sub-committee meeting this September, this ICHCA seminar will be a first chance to get a detailed look at its contents and bring all the interested parties together to explore the next steps.”
Speakers will include Bill Brassington, owner of ETS Consulting and consultant for editing the new Code; Chris Welsh, general secretary of the Global Shippers Forum; Don Armour, policy advisor at the Freight Transport Association; and Keith Bradley, hazardous cargoes advisor at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. For more details, visit