May 2021

Welcome to the latest edition of Inside ICHCA International, helping to update association members, partners, and cargo handling industry colleagues worldwide. We do hope you are all safe and well and taking care under these extraordinary circumstances. This will be my penultimate set of opening remarks as you will be aware by now that Richard Steele, currently Chief Executive of Port Skills and Safety (in the UK), takes over the reins from me at the beginning of July this year.
If you didn’t see the press release or the message to members, we have included the press release again in this Newsletter.
Visit of Chairman John Beckett and Richard Brough to IAPH Tokyo.
Visit of Chairman John Beckett and Richard Brough to IAPH Tokyo.
Apart from the regular features and updates from some of our associate organisations, there is an update on IMO activity. Whilst the IMO building is fairly empty, all of the main and sub committees are continuing their work, albeit virtually. Quite a few ICHCA members have been involved over the last few months.

I would also take this opportunity to remind members that as part of your benefit package you have access to ICHCA’s “Technical Query“ service. All queries are dealt with in the strictest confidence and cover a wide range of topics. Responses are generally gathered from the experts on ICHCA’s ITP (International Technical Panel).

In recent months we have received queries regarding;
  • Fires in RTGs
  • Liquid Stock tank measuring systems
  • Safety Statistics
  • Vessels striking quayside cranes
  • Tugmaster Driver Competency
  • Permits to Work
  • Safety Helmets during mooring operations
  • Training Simulators
  • Covid 19 and vehicle inspections
  • Bulk tipper lorries in high winds
  • Maximum slope for container stacks
  • Cracks in counterweights of fork-lift trucks
  • Mooring dolphin safety
  • Rescues from straddle carriers
This is just a small representation of queries received. Of course, the original response goes back to the member or organisation which posed the query. In the past we, after a period of time, used to anonymise the information and post a brief selection of queries and responses (that might be of general interest to members) in our regular newsletter and we are going to resume that service in future editions, starting with the next issue.

If you have any news you would like to be considered for inclusion in future editions of Inside ICHCA International, please contact Amanda at secretariat@ichca.com.
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Captain Richard W A Brough OBE
Head of ICHCA International
  1. ICHCA International Appoints a new Head: as mentioned in the introduction above we have reproduced the press release in this issue in case by chance you had not seen it.
  2. ICHCA Website “Campaigns Update”
  3. News from ICHCA ‘Down Under’ April 2021
  4. Port Skills and Safety Newsletter April 2021, Annual Review, Mental Health Survey Results
  5. TT Club – TT Talk
  6. EXIS – launch of new website
  7. Nautical Institute launches DP Vessel Maintainers’ Scheme
  8. Cargo Integrity Campaign
  9. International Maritime Organization (IMO) Update
  10. Maritime Knowledge Centre Bulletin (CAB)
  11. ICHCA’s Technical Panel (ITP)
  12. Publications Round up
  13. ICHCA Website
  14. TOC Global Showcase
1. ICHCA International Appoints a new Head – Richard Steele
Richard Steele
The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Richard Steele as the new Head of ICHCA International. He will take over the role with effect from 1 July 2021, on the retirement of the current postholder Richard Brough O.B.E.
Reporting directly to the Board, Richard Steele will lead the organisation. ICHCA provides a focal point to help improve cargo handling throughout international supply chains as well as representing its members, and the cargo handling industry, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies as a recognised non-government organisation.

Richard is a safety and skills professional with a Masters in Training and Development who has been involved in the ports industry for over 21 years. He is currently the Chief Executive at Port Skills and Safety an organisation that he has led for 11 years. Port Skills and Safety is a subscriber organisation for UK ports with a remit to share best practice, develop safety guidance and standards and produce qualification frameworks for the industry. Before PSS, Richard was the senior Learning and Development Manager for Associated British Ports for 10 years. Prior to ports, he worked in the nuclear industry on safety and skills provision.

“We are delighted to welcome someone of Richard's capability to ICHCA. We are committed to extending ICHCA’s delivery and reach. Richard’s skills and experience will ensure that we move confidently forward. He has proven leadership and organisational management ability which will be invaluable to our future. The ICHCA board is very excited about the journey ahead as we continue to build on the exceptional work of our outgoing Head, Richard Brough” John Beckett; Chairman ICHCA International

Richard Steele said: “I am excited to join ICHCA at a time where there is real opportunity to build on the success of this internationally recognised and respected association and to create new value-add services and representation for our members.”

Commenting on Richard’s departure, David Brown Chair PSS: “PSS are clearly sad to be losing Richard after 11 Years of outstanding service where he has really driven the agenda, with his team, for safer ports. However, we wish him every success as he moves into the International Arena and with the comfort that our respective organisations will continue to strive for ever greater safety in the Maritime sector”.

2. ICHCA Website “Campaigns” section updates

The secretariat and technical team have been working hard on updating the ICHCA website and you will start noticing new features very shortly. One of which, under the “Campaigns” section you can see now is “Enclosed Space” incidents and we have included two safety videos, one from PSS and another from International Group of P&I Clubs (both ICHCA members).

We will shortly be adding a “Pandemic Portal” to link to relevant and useful sources of information. Covid has not gone away and may well be with us for a long time with companies and individuals having to adjust their routines accordingly.
3. News from ICHCA ‘Down Under’

The Latest issue of Inside ICHCA Australia (April 2021) includes the following stories:
  • ICHCA International appoints a new leader
  • New Zealand to phase out live exports by sea
  • Vale Richard Stevens
  • Latest update on the Ever Given and another canal blockage
  • TT Club urges great resilience in supply chains
  • New towage framework for Mackay and Abbott Point
  • Pacific National and Linfox to co-locate at the Adelaide Freight Terminal
  • Port of Melbourne information session
  • Toll Express is sold to private equity
Updates from the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment
The Edition can be found on the following link along with previous editions;
4. Port Skills and Safety Newsletter – April 2021
Port skill and safety group

The Port Skills and Safety organisation in the UK is an important member of ICHCA and we work very closely together on issues of common interest. Their latest newsletter (Nov 20) contains the following;

  • Port Mental Health Week
  • Safety Bulletins
  • HSE Updated Advice on Ventilation & Air Conditioning During the Pandemic
  • Health & Safety Enquiries & Member Feedback
  • PSS Developed Safety Resources
  • PSS Confined Spaces Training Video
PSS Newsletter is issued monthly and previous editions can be found at;

PSS also deals with Technical Queries from its members and we often share the questions and responses.

PSS Annual Review 2020

Port Skills and Safety have put together a brief review of 2020. This is our opportunity to look over what we have managed to achieve as an industry working together in 2020, despite lockdowns, economic uncertainty, and political upheavals. The review includes several features from our successful “Protecting Quay People” campaign in November, where we canvassed opinions and thought pieces from our membership which have since informed our policy and decision-making. We not only look back but also outline our vision for the year to come, and we look forward to telling you more about the initiatives we have planned for 2021. Despite everything thrown at the world in 2020, we have seen unswerving health, safety and skills cooperation between all parts of the industry. PSS has been there to provide a suite of tools designed to refine safety processes for sector workers and with your help, we can continue to build upon this success and deliver further tangible change for the better in 2021.

PSS Publication for Members: Port Employers’ Survey on Mental Health and Wellbeing

Most employers recognise the vital importance of good mental health in the journey to provide healthy and safe workplaces. The challenge is to step from that principle into concrete action. Taking steps to improve the management of mental health in the workplace should enable employers to save 30% or more of the £26 billion each year cost of mental ill-health.
The report is based on a survey of PSS members and summarises the actions that port employers are doing practically in the sector right now. You can use it to benchmark your own organisation, inform your thinking and take action based on your own gap analysis.
The report covers the actions taken by port employers on:
  • Policy & Leadership
  • Campaigns/Training
  • Individual support
  • Manager training
  • Identifying Persons at Risk
  • Workplace Adjustments
  • Monitoring
  • Signposting to third party information

5. TT Club – TT Talk - risks from weather and abandoned cargo

While the impact of weather increasingly appears to have no geographic or seasonal bounds, it is relevant to consider the risks before the onset of the tropical storm season. This edition also considers further the issues arising from abandoned cargo, both for logistics operators and ports/terminals.

6. EXIS – launch of new website
Exis Technologies, NCB Group company and leader in IT solutions for the shipment of dangerous goods by sea, has launched a new rebranded website. The website, which now brings together all the company’s products under the Exis Technologies company brand name, is to help their ongoing, not for profit mission of Safety of Life and Cargo at Sea.
The new EXIS website has now gone live, please see below:
You will also find a new free resources section which may be of interest (it includes the two links above plus some other free tools) - https://existec.com/free-resources/

7. Nautical Institute launches DP Vessel Maintainers’ Scheme
The Nautical Institute has recently identified a training and certification niche for non-bridge watchkeeping personnel engaged in DP technical roles.

Drawing on input from training providers and industry, the NI is introducing a brand-new scheme for 2021. Its formal title is the NI Training and Certification Scheme for Key Technical DP Personnel (the DP Vessel Maintainers’ Course), but you may find ‘DPVM Course’ easier to remember!

The training expands on the existing DP Knowledge for Technical Staff Course (which it will inevitably replace). A well-attended NI webinar on 4 February - available on our
YouTube channel - triggered a high level of interest in the scheme. More details will be released in the coming weeks, so please check our website www.nautinst.org, social media and your next Nautical Institute e-newsletter.
Additional information can be found at: Publications (nautinst.org)
8. Cargo Integrity Campaign
The” Cargo Integrity Group” of industry partners, comprising, ICHCA, TT Club, World Shipping Council, Container Owners Association and Global Shippers Forum is continuing with its awareness campaign about the CTU Code. If you take a glance at the website under “Campaigns” once again you will see the appropriate section. This is becoming a depository for the outputs of the “CIG” group and includes the “CTU Code -Quick Guide” which is also now available in Chinese, other language versions of the Guide and the accompanying “Check list” will be available shortly.
9. IMO Update
As mentioned above the IMO is doing its best to continue the work of its most important committees. As these are virtual and attended by delegates from all across the globe, they are necessarily time restricted . Meetings are usually held between 11:00 and 15:00 BST. On the IMO’s “KUDOS” platform, the meetings are also simultaneously translated into the IMO’s working languages. Smaller technical meetings are conducted on MS Teams in English only as was the work of the recent E&T (Editorial and Technical Meeting) of the Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) sub-committee.

The agenda for the E&T meeting (which was its 34th session) was concerned with the IMDG Code, specifically editorial corrections to Amendment 40-20.

It then went on the deliberate on the IMDG Code draft amendments 41-22. Many amendments have sprung from the 10th session of the UN Committee of Experts in Geneva held in December 2020. There were also a number of papers to consider from members of the E&T delegations and lively debate ensued on a number of these with members of the ICHCA delegation joining in.

Under “Any other business” one of the items that some ICHCA members may be interested in was the continuing development of standards for “Container Data Loggers and Tracking Devices”

Special provisions for charcoal cargoes were also included and there have been several ship fire incidents recently attributed to this cargo. The work is not concluded and ICHCA has joined the intersessional correspondence group which is considering this matter. It is hope to have a resolution at CCC#7 (to be held in Sept 2021 after being postponed from 2020), however it is more likely that a further correspondence group will be established reporting back to CCC#8 in 2022.

The aforementioned CCC#7takes place from 6th to 10th September this year, and will be virtual. Any member of ICHCA wishing to join the delegation should let Amanda know on secretariat@ichca.com as soon as convenient. The agenda has standing items but will include consideration of the E&T report on IMDG amendments as mentioned above. Also latest amendments to the IMSBC Code will be discussed.
Other items include;
  • Amendments to the International Code for the Safe Carriage of Grain in Bulk
  • Revision of the Revised Recommendations foe entering enclosed spaces aboard ships
  • Reports of Incidents involving dangerous goods in packaged form on board ships or in port areas; and of great significance to ICHCA (as we were the driving force behind it) ;
  • Revision of the Inspection Programmes for Cargo Transport Units carrying Dangerous Goods (MSC.1/Circ.1442, as amended by MSC.1/Circ.1521)
On this latter issue members will be aware, along with our partners in the Cargo Integrity Group we have been pushing for such inspections to be widened out to include ALL types of cargo in ALL types of CTUs and with the help of New Zealand we had this accepted.

A correspondence group has been developing the revised guidance for some time now (under the co-ordination of New Zealand) and the draft report to CCC#7 has been agreed. However it is felt that due to size of the agenda, and time constraints that the matter will not be resolved at that meeting. We shall see !

Any member wishing to see a copy of any of the reports, agendas etc should approach the secretariat and these will be issued.

Prior to CCC in September we have three important IMO sessions;

The 8th session of the “Intersessional Working Group on Reduction of GHG Emissions from Ships” will take place from 24th May to 28th May. Whilst this mainly concerns vessels (as the name implies) ICHCA is keeping a watching brief as some of these measures are bound to “come ashore” . It is widely accepted that while the onus is on vessel operators to meet the IMO reduction targets, inevitably ports and terminals will need to assist.

Some while ago IMO (with the help of IAPH) published a “Port Emissions Toolkit” to mirror the Ships one. Such measures might include, shore power, full electrification, provision of alternative fuel bunkering, greater use of Just in Time (JIT) embracing concepts such as Port Call Optimisation (PCO) collaborative decision making (CDM) etc. ICHCA is part of several groups considering these issues.

The GHG working group is established under its main committee the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) which is also holding its 76th session from 10th to 17th June. ICHCA will be represented by James Hookham, Secretary General of the Global Shippers Forum (and ICHCA Director) at both these meetings but other delegates are very welcome.

The main safety committee Maritime Safety Committee (MSC) meets for its 103rd session on 5th to 14th May and will consider, in its abbreviated agenda some items carried over from session 102.

As a result of MSC 102 and submissions received from sub-committees, some important circulars have been issued by IMO and these include;

MSC.1/Circ.1619 (11th Dec 2020) “Guidelines on the Design of Mooring Arrangements and the Selection of Appropriate Mooring Equipment and Fittings for Safe Mooring”

MSC.1/Circ.1620 (24th Dec 2020) “Guidelines for Inspection and Maintenance of Mooring Equipment including Lines”

MSC.1/Circ.1623 (7th Dec 2020) “Amendments to the Code of Safe Practice for Cargo Stowage and Securing (CSS Code) (this largely deals with Annex 13 which contains “Methods to assess the Efficiency of Securing Arrangements for Semi-standardized and non-standardized cargo”

MSC.1/Circ.1624 (7th Dec 2020) “Amendments to the Code of Safe Practice for Ships carrying Timber Deck Cargoes, 2011 (2011 TDC Code)

ICHCA was involved in much of the above work, especially relating to the work on Ships’ Lifting Appliances and Winches, which will be a SOLAS Amendment and accompanying guidelines to bring such equipment under the purview of classification societies, largely at the request of ICHCA after demonstrating to IMO the huge cost in terms of human life and significant ship and cargo damage as a result of catastrophic failures – we have been victims of shortened agendas and timings. MSC 102 approved the draft amendments but recognised we would be “outside” the 4-year amendment cycle but such guidelines should be adopted as early as possible and a draft circular is in production to be adopted at a future session of the MSC.

World Maritime Day 2021 – 30 September 2021
On behalf of the Secretary-General, the External Relations Office at the IMO is pleased to provide advance notice of the 2021 World Maritime Day celebration, which will be held on Thursday, 30 September 2021.
As this annual event represents one of the most prestigious occasions for IMO and the maritime community, we would kindly request that you take note of the above date when preparing your calendar of events in order to avoid any potential clashes. Further information on the event celebration will be provided in due course.
10. Maritime Knowledge Centre Bulletin (CAB)

The MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) for FEBRUARY 2021 is available at: https://www.imo.org/en/KnowledgeCentre/Pages/CurrentAwarenessBulletin-Default.aspx
The aim of the MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) is to provide a monthly digest of news and publications focusing on subjects and themes related to the work of IMO. Each CAB presents headlines from the previous month. Links to complete articles or abstracts on publishers' sites are included, although access may require registration, payment or subscription. The MKC Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) is disseminated monthly as a PDF and is free to download and redistribute.
The Current Awareness Bulletin (CAB) is compiled by the IMO Maritime Knowledge Centre (MKC) but is not an official IMO publication. Inclusion does not imply any endorsement by IMO.
11. ICHCA's Technical Panel
A “virtual” meeting of the ITP is now being planned for 20th May. The session will include some of the normal agenda items and presentations from the Health and Safety Executive and “Working Time Solutions. Further details will be circulated to all members imminently.
12. Publications Roundup

ABTO Newsletter
Please find below the latest ABTO newsletter Bulk Terminals International:
PEMA Newsletter
Please find below the latest PEMA Newsletter:

Greenport Newsletter
Please find below the latest Greenport Newsletter:

UNCTAD Newsletter
Please find below the latest UNCTAD Newsletter:

Bulk Terminals International – Spring Edition
Please find below the latest Bulk Terminals International Newsletter:
TOC April Newsletter
Please find below the latest TOC April Newsletter:
News from The Nautical Institute – April 2021
Please find below the latest News from The Nautical Institute:
13. ICHCA Website

Enclosed Spaces Incidents
For further information on Enclosed Spaces Incidents please follow this link to the Campaigns section of our website https://ichca.com/enclosed-space-incidents

ICHCA In The News
If you would like to know more about ICHCA in the news and see our press clippings please click here https://ichca.com/news/ichca-in-the-news

14. TOC Global Showcase
Please follow link for New World- New Era virtual event from 31 May to 18 June 2021. Registration is now open.
Broken down into a series of online events running across 3 weeks of inspiring keynotes, networking, and solutions discovery, we will be shining a spotlight on the key regions and topics at the heart of the industry's post pandemic recovery, bringing together the entire industry to share experiences, expertise, and to map out solutions to common and future challenges.
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