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PEMA and ICHCA sign MoU for safety standards in cargo handling

The Port Equipment Manufacturers Association (PEMA) and International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to co-operate on improved safety and sustainability across the global industry.

The programme will include agreed actions and initiatives, meetings, sharing and exchange of information and ad hoc task forces to enhance their respective impact on issues and topics where both organisations have a common interest.

The MoU provides a framework to pursue projects, but not a commitment of funds. The joint efforts will enable each group to benefit from the common activities in their respective strategies, furthering a wider understanding where areas of joint interest have been identified.

"At PEMA we are thrilled to announce the signing of this Memorandum of Understanding with ICHCA.  It is a momentous step toward fostering greater collaboration and innovation within the maritime industry. This partnership holds immense significance for PEMA as it underscores our commitment to advancing the global port and terminal sector,” said PEMA’s President Achim Dries.

“Together with ICHCA, we are poised to harness collective expertise, drive sustainable practices, and elevate safety standards, all for the benefit of our industry stakeholders. This MoU signifies not only a union of two influential organizations but also a shared vision to shape the future of safer port equipment and operations. We look forward to strengthening this partnership and achieving remarkable milestones together." 

Richard Steele, CEO of ICHCA, added: “We remain committed, at ICHCA, to our efforts to improve safety, security and sustainability in the global logistics supply chain, especially at the ship/port interface.  I believe our agreement with PEMA will significantly enhance our ability to deliver on that commitment. The co-operation between our two organisations will be aimed at the universal understanding and application of measures for the safe handling.”