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15/01/2019
This January sees a new Amendment to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code released, Amendment 39-18, entering its transitional year before being mandated from 1 January 2020.

15/01/2019
Much can be learnt about the logistics industry – in terms of complexity, practices and expectations – from the ‘MSC Flaminia’ judgment analysing and establishing the responsibilities in this casualty.

15/01/2019
There are known issues relating to aluminium dross, being an example of waste/recycling streams that are now carried in containers. Not a frequent issue, but another where a ‘perfect storm’ may expose issues.

15/01/2019
The judgment in ‘MSC Flaminia’ found that extensive information available concerning the stability of the commodity was ignored and not disclosed to the carrier. “Disaster was foreseeable result”.

11/12/2018
The original bill of lading is a valuable document and great care should be taken to ensure that it is not lost.

11/12/2018
There may be many circumstances where a bill of lading issuer is asked to deliver cargo without original documents being produced; take extreme care.

11/12/2018
A bill of lading may not be lost or unavailable, but still the issuer faced with a request to provide new, revised documents. It’s another warning!

11/12/2018
The concept of ‘force majeure’ can be understood as a useful tool; it is rather more complex in practice.

26/11/2018
In conjunction with BSI Supply Chain Services and Solutions, TT Club has launched the first joint 2018 Semi-Annual Global Cargo Theft Intelligence and Advisory Report. The report demonstrates their shared goal ofr educating the transport and manufacturing sectors about dynamic cargo theft risks.

06/11/2018
You may think it is Groundhog Day again. TT Club has been highlighting the issue of the boom of a quay crane colliding with a ship for many years. However, it is frustrating to note the continued regularity of this type of incident.

06/11/2018
Significant coverage has been given to the debate in the maritime world concerning Sulphur content in bunker fuel and reduction is CO2 emissions. One fuel solution is LNG, but what are the implications for the shoreside infrastructure?

06/11/2018
Shore-based power supply for ships is not exactly new, but may be becoming a ‘hygiene factor’ as stakeholders grapple with broader societal expectations in relation to environmental performance and protection.

01/10/2018
International trade inevitably involves multiple stakeholders in different parts of the globe.  Fraudulent activity has always been one risk to consider. This article highlights recent cases impacting forwarder relationships, together with due diligence advice.

01/10/2018
In a global supply chain it is not possible to retain control over every aspect of the transaction.  Hence, it becomes important to carry out due diligence to ensure those to whom you entrust certain elements do so appropriately.

04/09/2018
Using the appropriate modal regulations or convention, the shipper/consignor is responsible for correctly classifying any item that is to be transported. In many instances, reliance has to be placed on the manufacturer to provide reliable data so that the carrier is adequately alerted and may respond appropriately in an emergency.

04/09/2018
Sources suggest that container fires may occur on a weekly basis and statistics indicate there is a major container cargo fire at sea roughly every 60 days. Tackling fires and subsequent investigations are complex activities.

04/09/2018
Further to the TT Talk article this year 'In defence of a storm claim', here is an update from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

04/09/2018
Litigation can throw up complex issues – here considering whether time bars apply to misdelivery claims and the impact of commencing proceedings contrary to exclusive jurisdiction provisions.

07/08/2018
Most individuals and organisations know that training is an important requirement in order to develop skills. However, appropriate, needs-based training is more difficult to define and control.

07/08/2018
The inter-relationship between training and competence must be a pressing issue in relation to the transport of dangerous goods, surely? Here’s a review of the current state.

03/07/2018
Container shipping has come a long way in the last 50 years, bringing revolution to the global supply chain and taking its part in facilitating unprecedented growth in world trade. Where next?

03/07/2018
The innovation marked by containerisation transformed and unlocked international trade, but frontiers remain to be taken in trade, infrastructure and process.

02/05/2018
Following the tragic casualty of ‘Maersk Honam’ it is timely, particularly for shippers and freight forwarders, to cover the dynamics and risks associated with General Average.

02/05/2018
The EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 comes into force on 25 May 2018. It effectively impacts globally – get ready.

02/05/2018
Approaching a century after the Hague Rules were established (in 1924), it may at last be clear what is meant by “unit”.

04/04/2018
The assumption that a ‘force majeure’ defence is available in the event of a storm may not prove to be water-tight.

04/04/2018
Whilst many storm events globally are considered geographically seasonal – such as the hurricane and typhoon seasons typical in the Tropics – the entire supply chain industry globally must take adequate steps to prepare for isolated severe weather events.

06/03/2018
Counterfeit products put the health and safety of consumers worldwide at risk whilst depriving governments, businesses and communities of tax revenues, profits and legitimate jobs.

05/03/2018
The trafficking of wildlife is a global issue prevalent across all modes of transport and in every region of the world.

13/02/2018
Approaching a decade ago it became mandatory for all shore-side staff involved in dangerous goods transport by sea to have training. There’s still too much to do!

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