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Industry groups to collaborate on critical safety issues

Photo: ICHCA Safety group representatives
Five organisations with shared visions for the safety and security of global trade have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to bring greater awareness and understanding of issues with the goal of prevention.

The MoU was signed by representatives of the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS), Confidential Human Factors Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP), Container Owners Association (COA), International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and Ship Message Design Group (SMDG)

The participants aim to create a framework for cooperation that enables each group to benefit from each other’s activities in respect of their strategies in areas of joint interest. 

 “This unique grouping of industry leaders has the potential to coordinate data, research, and best practices across the broad spectrum of the international movement of cargo.  A key goal is to create an awareness throughout the freight industry, amongst operators, regulators. and policy makers as to practical and effective measures to improve safety,” commented John Beckett, Chair of ICHCA.

A fundamental part of the group’s output will be publications.

“As an example of where immediate attention is required, container ship fires are high on the list,” said Deputy Chair of CINS, Dirk Van de Velde.  “The combined knowledge, experience, and database resource of the signatories to this MoU, managed in a coordinated manner, have massive potential to leverage change in safety processes.  We will be publishing guidance on the treatment of lithium-ion batteries, among other cargoes, soon.” 

The MoU calls for coordinated efforts both on regional and international issues of common concern and engagement with relevant regulatory bodies including the IMO and other appropriate United Nations agencies.

The group will be working together to initiate innovative worldwide surveys and studies that can assist with the results of these organisations on behalf of their members and associates.