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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!

13/02/2018
Compliance with international regulation requires alertness to change. In international trade, compliance also needs sophisticated collaboration. It’s time to grasp opportunity.

16/01/2018
A packer lies motionless inside a 40 foot container. As workmates rush forward, the supervisor shouts, “Stop”. Surely, it’s only an empty steel box! So, what can be dangerous about a steel box?

16/01/2018
The consequences of entering an enclosed space on board a ship, as evidenced by numerous incidents, can be extremely serious and, sadly, often fatal.

05/12/2017
An estimated two million containers are sold annually by container shipping lines and leasing companies. They may be re-purposed for a wide range of applications or carry on their working life in the shipping industry. 

05/12/2017
Security should be a primary element of an operator’s risk management policy. Preventing unauthorised access to vehicles and the vetting of personnel and counterparties are essential mitigation for the risks associated with the improper use and theft of goods vehicles.

05/12/2017
Terrorism has become a sensitive topic and one that is increasingly demanding attention of the global supply chain. The threat is real and all stakeholders need to consider how to prepare.

14/11/2017
While not often receiving much publicity, the need for ships in distress to find a safe refuge is all too common. Clearly this is an important area of responsibility in the maritime interface.

14/11/2017
The risk of injury at the work place should be of highest concern to any entity, but injuries still account for almost a third of insurance claims costs for ports and terminals according to TT Club analyses. Over 90% of these incidents are caused by operational issues, with a further 7% related to maintenance failures and less than 1% caused by natural events.

10/10/2017
In a week during which yet another cargo-related containership fire took place, it is timely to draw attention to on-going industry developments to improve controls in the carriage of dangerous goods by sea.

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