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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.

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

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.

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
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.

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
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.

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.

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