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01/10/2019
The versatility of the tank container for both transport and storage can give it preference over traditional parcel tankers and drums, influencing how supply chains develop, providing additional efficiencies and flexibility.

01/10/2019
Corrosion is a perennial concern for tank container owners and operators. The stainless steel construction is resistant to staining and corrosion, but may be vulnerable to pitting from certain cargoes or certain cleaning and maintenance operations. Visually minor pitting may conceal development of substantial or even catastrophic corrosion below the surface.

05/09/2019
It has been a torrid year for cargo-related containership fires, with reported incidents averaging every 30 days and bucking the twenty plus year frequency of roughly every 60 days.

05/09/2019
TT Club – amongst other industry stakeholders – has long championed CTU inspections as a key weapon in the armoury to enhance safety and combat poor packing practices.

14/08/2019
The containerised supply chain is well-known for its complexity. TT Club is seeking to ‘call out’ any practice that may undermine safety and preclude certain of outcome within its ‘Cargo Integrity’ / #Fit4Freight campaign. Key targets inevitably relate to shipment, handling and carriage of dangerous goods.

14/08/2019
TT Club continually seeks to understand the risks faced in the transport and logistics industry, providing relevant and targeted loss prevention advice to operators as appropriate. This article focuses on the findings of recent analysis into the risks faced by container terminals.

09/07/2019
TT Club and BSI Supply Chain Services & Solutions have teamed up again to produce a full year analysis of cargo theft, together with some further loss prevention commentary to assist those considering how to combat this on-going threat.

09/07/2019
Signum Services Limited (Signum) serves to conduct investigations worldwide on behalf of TT Club and its Members. This article draws on the experience and observations of these former senior detectives, with particular focus on crime in the UK.

09/07/2019
An interesting reminder in the multi-layered relationships of the maritime supply chain that care needs to be taken to attend in a timely fashion to securing recourse in all jurisdictions in which a dispute might be brought.

04/06/2019
The issue of enclosed space incidents on ships continues to plague the industry, involving both seafarers and shore-based workers. 

04/06/2019
Enclosed spaces present risks throughout the global supply chain, ranging from ship holds and passageways through to silos and tank cargo transport units (CTUs).

04/06/2019
A challenge to, or attempt to limit the scope of, the established “fire” defence fails.

14/05/2019
Attention to detail in contracting emphasised in this judgment, even down to terminology used and descriptions given.

14/05/2019
The traditional assertion that storm events are unexpected and their consequence unavoidable may no longer be simple to establish. Planning from the outset is as critical as planning for the emergency.

14/05/2019
An important aspect of emergency response planning is understanding your own limitations, together potentially with those of the responding or other external agencies. All this is part of thorough risk assessment, effective plan documentation and execution.

14/05/2019
When things go wrong, an incident occurs, there inevitably is a response. The degree of severity will generally be commensurate with the diligence in creating, documenting, reviewing, testing and communicating a response plan – hopefully.

02/04/2019
How often is a deficiency found but not acted upon, or an incident occurs, and it is not reported?  Loss and near miss reporting has always been a thorny topic, but needs to rise above issues of corporate and national culture.

02/04/2019
Albert Einstein is quoted as saying ‘information is not knowledge’. The challenge today is to translate all the data points into clear learning that brings improvement.

12/03/2019
Whilst perishable cargo is often valuable freight, it can also give rise to higher exposures, which should provide adequate incentive for extra care to be taken by all stakeholders.

12/03/2019
In collaboration with UK P&I Club, TT Club has developed a new StopLoss publication which considers the risk exposures associated with the transport of temperature controlled cargo through the global supply chain and provides guidance as to how to avoid losses.

12/03/2019
A recent Supreme Court decision seeks to lay to rest the way that the burden of proof may pass and be discharged under the Hague Rules, reversing the Court of Appeal decision. This is an update from the earlier report.

05/02/2019
While there may be valid trading reasons that give rise to bill of lading difficulties, there is an unhealthy under-belly of criminal activity.

05/02/2019
The problem of uncollected cargo is a perennial problem for NVOCC operators, often resulting in considerable bills on warehousing, container demurrage, and disposal costs. Apart from anything else, there is a significant drain on management resource to bring resolution.

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!

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