A group of four industry bodies representing the cargo supply chain are calling for a united front on safety, reports the Maritime Executive.
The Global Shippers Forum (GSF), ICHCA International, TT Club and the World Shipping Council (WSC) drew attention to the matter during a recent session of the Intermodal Europe Conference in Amsterdam, calling on container operators to provide suitable equipment and packing standards as set out in the cargo transport unit (CTU) code.
The code calls for improved communication between shippers - who are responsible for specifying the requirements of each type of equipment suitable for the cargo in question - and the container operator in providing this equipment to meet the requirements of the operation.
Faulty or poorly-maintained units could result in deficient cargo packing and could be dangerous for workers.
“Engagement with governments and industry groups representing the diverse mix of supply chain stakeholders is one of our primary goals,” said Peregrine Storrs-Fox, representing TT Club.
“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 industry has made it its aim to communicate best practice to all stakeholders with government and industry support to link organisations within the sector.
Prevention is always better than cure, robust health and safety plans and emergency response planning is essential for a safe cargo-loading environment – the united front on safety and aims of the sector will lead to fewer incidents requiring an emergency response.