ICHCA Announces Inaugural Innovation in Safety Award

London, 15 January 2016

Presentations to the winner of the award, and to the highly recommended entrant, will be made by new IMO Secretary General Kitack Lim at a special reception during ICHCA International Conference on "Bigger Ships, Greater Challenges" in Barcelona on 1st March. Mr Lim, who in his inaugural speech this month called for "strengthened partnerships" between all stakeholder to ensure the safety, security and sustainability of shipping, will also give the opening keynote at the Conference.

Both ICHCA International and TT Club have a fundamental commitment to risk reduction throughout the supply chain industry and, in particular safety, within cargo handling operations. This is paramount to the philosophy of the two organisations.

In announcing the opening of the Award entry process, ICHCA International Chairman David Bendall said, "The world's supply chains are becoming ever-more complex and developing rapidly in new locations. The demands on our cargo handling infrastructure and operations are increasing and safety above all must not be compromised. We are keen therefore that participation in our initiative be industry wide. The Award is open to all those - an individual, team or company - involved in cargo logistics."

Entrants must show that a product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation has resulted in a demonstrable improvement to safety. Empirical evidence or corroborative support to establish enhanced safety in a defined situation or solution to an issue must be presented. The submission must be original and will be likely to have applications in wider industry circumstances, where appropriate.

The deadline for entries is Friday 12 February 2016 and full details of the entry process and judging criteria can be found here

Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director at TT Club welcomed the opportunity to sponsor this unique Award. "TT Club has always emphasised the critical nature of loss prevention in its role as a primary supplier of liability and property insurance to the supply chain industry. As such, we are committed champions of safety awareness and applaud ICHCA's initiative to establish this award. We have worked closely with ICHCA for a number of years in producing safety advisory documents and urge sound practice wherever and whenever possible. We look forward to the wealth of safety innovation that will be encouraged by this Award."


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Established in 1952, ICHCA International is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to improving the safety, productivity and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA's privileged NGO status enables it to represent its members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies, while its ISP Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues.

Operating through a series of national and regional chapters - including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan and ICHCA Canarias/Africa (CARC) - plus Correspondence and Working Groups, ICHCA provides a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.




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