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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.

10/10/2017
Engaging with governments globally, TT Club and ICHCA have drawn attention to the state of packing in the intermodal supply chain and the need for greater rigour by all stakeholders to improve safety.

05/09/2017
Cargo theft remains one of the most significant causes of disruption in the supply chain and claims cost to the Club, accounting for around 10% by volume and cost of all reported claims in the last ten years.

05/09/2017
Freight is arguably most exposed to theft risk during road carriage. Clarity of contracting and instructions are inevitably key mitigations.

08/08/2017
The risks involved in seeking electronic simplification in international trade reach far beyond the technological challenges; here is an assessment of integrating into existing contractual practices.

08/08/2017
Recent actions in the maritime sector in relation to containing cyber risks offer some useful lessons for the remainder of the intermodal supply chain. Embrace and apply the principles accordingly.

08/08/2017
Few in the international freight supply chain can be unaware of the ‘NotPetya’ cyber event that struck at the end of June 2017. The repercussions should have caused organisations to review every existing assessment of the risk exposures arising from cyber activity.

04/07/2017
Concerns have been raised over recent years that the movement of shipping containers facilitates the spread of pests adversely impacting sensitive environments. Both the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) have now given endorsement to joint industry guidelines concerning container cleanliness.

04/07/2017
The replacement of solvent based paints with environmentally friendlier waterborne paints will have a number of consequences to container owners.

04/07/2017
In 2011 the International Maritime Organization (IMO) agreed a two-year output on ‘Development of measures to prevent loss of containers’, in part arising from the ‘Lashing@Sea’ project report. VGM was one of the results; here are some others.

06/06/2017
The cost of safety failures, however small the frequency rate, is usually disproportionate; equally, the rewards for safe operations and practices generally accrue significant benefits. Effective near miss reporting is key.

06/06/2017
While operators do not plan to have incidents, the prudent will seek to apply sound pre-emptive advice to bolster the defence of any potential future claims.

06/06/2017
Lawyers can become excited about who has the burden of proof and when it might pass or be discharged. Nevertheless, a convoluted interpretation can give rise to  pragmatic judgements.

09/05/2017
Recent caselaw suggests that English courts will lean towards the selecting interpretations on limits of liability that favour a claimant. Unwelcome to the carrier community, so worth considering how best to describe goods on carriage documents.

09/05/2017
Are you a winner in the global supply chain game?

09/05/2017
Incorporation of Standard Trading Conditions is an ‘old chestnut’, but remains critically important in supply chain operations. Don’t let the ‘big picture’ deal blind you to such protective ‘detail’.

04/04/2017
Implementation of Directive (EU) 2015/719 on 7 May 2017 emphasises the need for correct weight information in the freight supply chain and potentially clarifies apportionment of liability.

04/04/2017
There continue to be improvements in efficiency and simplification arising from the SOLAS VGM requirements. Aggregating some of these with initiatives in other aspects of the supply chain could deliver exponential advance in safety.

04/04/2017
New international regulations implemented last July clearly defined what comprises ‘gross mass’ for transporting packed containers by sea and required one of two weighing processes to support documented communication between stakeholders.

14/03/2017
In Australia, as a general rule, where there is a reasonable prospect of litigation occurring or investigations being undertaken by regulatory authorities, a business should take all necessary steps to ensure that it can meet its obligations to retain any relevant or potentially relevant documents which would be disclosable in these circumstances. 

14/03/2017
Whenever an incident occurs, it is right and reasonable for the individual or organisation concerned to consider properly the facts and evidence related to what has happened. It may not be that litigation is immediately contemplated, but that may well occur in many situations.

14/03/2017
When something happens, it may seem reasonable to ensure that the facts are collated and evidence retained. In international trade, understanding the differing rules is important. Without seeking to provide legal advice, what follows is an overview of the approaches in a number of jurisdictions.

14/02/2017
New guidelines are being published in relation to the effective deployment of non-operating reefers to carry cargo that does not need to be temperature controlled.

14/02/2017
The energy devoted by CINS members coming together to share good operational practice, highlight risks and increase safety is bringing benefit to the entire unit load industry.

10/01/2017
Variations on charcoal have been causing concern. Perhaps it is opportune to improve the safety of people, property and the environment.

10/01/2017
1 January 2017 marks the start of transitional effect for Amendment 38-16 of the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code. All amendments prior to Amendment 37-14 are no longer valid.

06/12/2016
Cargo theft continues to be a constant threat to the global supply chain and an increasing drain on the economies they serve.

06/12/2016
Many logistics operators over the last decade have invested in exploring lucrative opportunities in emerging markets, such as the Middle East.

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