UK Cracking Down on Cargo Theft
The Freight Unit of the National Vehicle Crime Intelligence Service (NaVCIS) has been involved in numerous theft cases related to cargo crime in the UK; most recently acting to recover £200,000 ($252,000) of stolen goods. Through the recent period of lockdown in the U.K., there has been a demonstrable change in behaviour and tactics of criminal organisations involved in cargo theft. Restrictions on free movement have impacted criminal “business models”. Reported theft cases have demonstrated an increase in local activity and involved thefts from warehouse facilities…
TT Club Warns of Stowaway Risks
Clandestine migration has been a problem for the transport sector across Europe for some time now. While more stringent border crossing checks have been imposed due to the current COVID-19 crisis, the risk to operators is not diminished. Furthermore, as the restrictions on movement begin to ease migration activity could be set to escalate warns international freight insurer TT Club.The smuggling of people has become a major issue in certain parts of the world. Political imperatives in target countries have led to stricter immigration restrictions and increased government action.
Incidents involving container ships, although not new, have made the news much more frequently of late. In 2011 the Container Incident Notification System (CINS) was established to allow container ship owners to self-report incidents that might be of concern the other members of the group, and today CINS has 17 vessel owner members.The cases of the Yantian Express, Maersk Honam, MSC Flaminia, MSC Daniela, are some of the most recent examples of container ship fires. The rise in the rate of container ship fires…
Ports Part of Solution, Not the Problem - BPA Chair
Martin Lawlor, Chief Executive at the Port of Blyth and Chair of the British Ports Association: "Ports part of the solution, not the problem on a range of challenges facing the UK."A record turnout of over 300 guests gathered in London today for the British Ports Association’s annual lunch and AGM, which struck an optimistic tone about the role of ports in supporting a range of economic and environmental goals.Maritime Minister Nusrat Ghani MP, speaking at the lunch, said: “Ports are key to the vitality of the UK economy – underpinning regional and national growth.
ChainPORT Renews Digital, Environmental Commitment
Delegates from the world’s leading ports have come together to examine their role in the rapidly evolving maritime logistics landscape and in particular to coordinate their contribution to the establishment of an interconnected maritime supply chain at the Port of Barcelona.The multilateral partnership of the world leading ports, ChainPORT, has just concluded its 4th Annual Meeting which was hosted last week by the Port of Barcelona.ChainPORT was initiated in 2016 by the Port…
Maersk: New Cargo Guidelines After Containership Fire
Maersk has implemented new guidelines on dangerous goods stowage that aim to improve safety practices across its fleet in the wake of the fire aboard containership Maersk Honam that killed five crewmembers earlier this year.Following the deadly fire, Maersk evaluated more than 3,000 United Nations (UN) numbers of hazardous materials in order to further understand and improve dangerous cargo stowage on board container vessels and developed a new set of principles called Risk Based Dangerous Goods Stowage.Together with the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)…
Hapag Lloyd Receives Innovation in Safety Award
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.
ICHCA Seeks Safety Award Nominees
ICHCA International, a global cargo handling NGO association, has opened the second 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 percent dedicated to ‘making it safe’ every day, and to acknowledge and foster innovation to improve safety in cargo operations and logistics.
Incorrect Container Packing Leads to 65% of Damaged Cargo
European Shipping Week will take place in Brussels from February 27 to March 2, and there delegates will focus on the correct packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTUs) and the safety issues that result from poor work practices. The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Kitack Lim, and Magda Kopczynska from the European Commission’s DG MOVE, which is the directorate responsible for freight transport safety within the EU, will join industry leaders to speak at a seminar on Monday, February 27.
Intermodal Supply Chain Safety Seminar Planned
ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, will co-host a seminar, “Safety in the Intermodal Supply Chain: Promoting the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for the Safe Packing of Cargo Transport Units” in Brussels, February 27, as part of European Shipping Week. Organized together with the Global Shippers Forum (GSF), TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC), the seminar will address the dangers posed to the supply chain by incorrectly packed and secured cargo, and discuss…
Skuld Hires Cargo and Marine Property Head
Marine insurance provider Skuld announces the appointment of Paul Knighton as global head of marine cargo and marine property. He will join Skuld Syndicate 1897 in the summer. Knighton will enhance Skuld’s well-established marine cargo and marine property portfolio by building its offering to clients. He will focus predominantly on developing a total solution product for ports, terminals and freight logistics operators. Knighton will join Skuld from the TT Club where he has been a senior underwriter since 2012.
TT Club Calls for 'Cargo Integrity' Focus
Efforts to secure accurate container gross mass data continue following the SOLAS revision mandating verified gross mass for every packed unit having taken effect, but international freight transport insurer, TT Club is now calling for a concerted industry campaign to ensure good practice in all aspects of cargo care. TT Club believes that an insistence on precise gross mass is just the first step in achieving what it is calling 'Cargo Integrity' not just within container trades but throughout the entire supply chain.
The Thomas Miller Robin Travis Scholarship 2016
The UK P&I Club announced that Jan Döhle has been selected as this year’s Robin Travis Scholar. Döhle has an MSc in Shipping, Trade and Finance and is qualified as a member of the Institute of chartered ship brokers. He has already gained relevant shipping experience working for a ship operator in Germany and for a short spell with insurance brokers in London. Upon completion of his scholarship, Döhle will be joining Döhle Assekuranzkontor GmbH & Co. KG, in order to further extend his educational and shipping experience.
Gould Wins FIATA’s Young Forwarder Award
Together TT Club and FIATA celebrate the achievements of young freight forwarders working for logistics companies around the globe at the FIATA Annual Congress each year. As announced at the World Congress in Dublin, the winner of the 2016 Young International Freight Forwarder of the Year (YIFFY) Award representing the Asia-Pacific region was Shanon Gould from Australia. Mike Yarwood, claims manager at TT Club, insurance provider to the international freight transport industry and sponsor of the award for the last 18 years, was on hand to announce the winner and present the award.
VGM Grace Period Ends October 1
The three-month settling-in period suggested by the IMO to its Member States in which competent authorities were urged to adopt a ‘practical and pragmatic’ approach to the enforcement of the SOLAS revision stipulating all packed containers have a verified gross mass (VGM) before being stowed aboard a ship comes to an end on October 1. Long-time champion of the cause of safer container transport and a leading insurer of the international freight industry, TT Club believes that…
Risk Mitigation for Customs Brokers
Kate Hollis, Senior Claims Executive at TT Club in Sydney, discusses the risks faced by licensed customs brokers and mitigation steps to take. As the international trade regulatory landscape continues to change and the commercial environment becomes increasingly competitive, the balancing act for forwarders and customs brokers between providing services to clients and complying with obligations to customs becomes more complicated. Customs brokers assume responsibility for acting correctly between cargo interests and customs.
APM Terminals Buenos Aires Wins Safety Award
ICHCA’s inaugural International ‘Innovation in Safety’ Award was presented in recognition of APM Terminals Buenos Aires Terminal 4’s “Safety Logging System”. Barcelona, Spain – APM Terminals Buenos Aires, operator of the Terminal 4 facility in Argentina’s primary port, was named winner of the first annual “Innovation in Safety Award”, bestowed by ICHCA International, an independent organization dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and transportation, at the annual ICHCA conference, held this year in Spain.
Are You Ready for Container Weighing?
Hutchison Ports (UK) Limited in its latest ship2shore Magazine takes a look at methods of weighing containers. Half a century after containerization first emerged to transform the world of shipping, a landmark new regulation is on the horizon. From 1 July 2016, an amendment to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention will require every packed export container to have its weight verified before it is loaded on to a ship. The new regulation puts this responsibility firmly on the shipper – but how many shippers are actually ready for container weighing?
Industry Coalition Clarifies Container Weighing Regs
The World Shipping Council (WSC), the TT Club, the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF) jointly released a new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address issues arising from the new container weighing regulations due to take effect globally on July 1, 2016. The amendments to the SOLAS (Safety of Life at Sea) Convention require packed shipping containers to have a verified gross mass (VGM) before they can be loaded on a ship for export.
P&I Clubs Welcome Changes on Container Weighing
UK P&I Club, a shipping protection and indemnity mutual insurers, and TT Club, an international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, have welcomed the amendment to the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) from the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on the requirement that containers have a verified gross mass before being loaded onto a ship. The requirement becomes mandatory on July 1, 2016, after which date it would be a violation of SOLAS to load a packed container onto a ship if the ship and marine terminal operator do not have a verified container gross mass.
‘Few Incidents in Terminals are Unpreventable’
Speaking at the Trans Middle East Conference in Doha, Qatar last month, Julien Horn, TT Club’s Middle East Regional Executive and Director of TTMS (Gulf), the Network Partner based in Dubai, lay particular emphasis on the role human error plays in creating damaging incidents at cargo handling terminals and other facilities. According to TT Club’s analysis some 82 percent of accidents in the port and terminal sector can be attributed to human error. The club urges counter measures, particularly professional training and the installation of safety technology, to combat these risks.
Seminar Highlights Freight Liability in Russia
International freight insurer TT Club convened a special seminar at the recent conference on transport and logistics, Trans Russia in Moscow. Lead by TT Club’s General Manager, EMEA, Kevin King and Kirill Berezov from the insurer’s long-established Russian network partner Panditrans, the seminar outlined both the changing nature of the transport operator’s liability in Russia and the idiosyncratic nature of insurance conventions applicable in the region. TT Club believes that there is an urgent need for international freight forwarders…
TT Club Appoints Regional Claims Director
TT Club has appointed Justin Reynolds as Regional Claims Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for handling member’s claims across the EMEA region. Reynolds is a qualified solicitor and has over 20 years’ dispute resolution experience, having handled a diverse range of high profile claims in the cargo, transport, shipping and logistics arena. Prior to joining the TT Club, Reynolds was a partner at the international law firm Holman Fenwick Willan LLP where he negotiated, mediated, arbitrated and litigated claims in the U.K. and around the world.
Top Five Most Costly Insurance Claims
The TT Club has alerted the supply chain industry to a persistence of claims in a handful of loss types. The international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider said it has found that 66% of its claims by number and 62% by value over a five year period can be categorized into just five causes. The analysis, which was conducted on 7,000 insurance claims each costing more than $10,000 recorded between 2010 and 2014, totaling $425 million, revealed that the same five generic causes identified in its previous five year analysis continue to disrupt and cost dearly.
TT Club Urge Better Management Practices
A detailed analysis of the root causes of insurance claims show 80% of bodily injuries at global ports and container terminals involve handling equipment or vehicles. Speaking at the Philippine Ports and Shipping Conference in Manila today, TT Club’s Asia Pacific Regional Director, Phillip Emmanuel emphasized the statistic and urged operators to improve their management practices in order to reduce the incidents which result in injury and sadly sometimes death to workers and others at ports and terminals.
TT Club Appoints King as Regional Director
Kevin King has been appointed as TT Club's Regional Director Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for overseeing member service and business development across EMEA for the TT Club. King is a qualified U.S. attorney having joined Thomas Miller in 1996 and has worked across both the TT Club and UK P&I Club operations in their New Jersey, San Francisco and former Houston offices. He joined Thomas Miller’s Americas regional headquarters in New Jersey…