In this article Laurence Jones, director global risk assessment at international freight and cargo handling insurer, TT Club, offers advice on how carefully considered and implemented planned maintenance of cargo handling equipment saves not just time and resources but also radically improves the safety record and reputation for clean, quality performance at terminals.

TT Club’s Phillip Emmanuel has put into perspective some of the sensationalism surrounding the recent growth trend in container ships. Speaking during a plenary session of the TOC Asia Conference in Singapore yesterday, he advised ports and terminals to take a measured approach to the risk management of their operations, looking carefully at the ramifications to their own facilities of potential larger ship calls.Singapore, 22 April, 2015

Reducing refrigerated cargo spoilage at container terminals could help reduce the number of people dying from starvation and also perhaps mitigate adverse climate change.

So many, if not all, elements of container transport are these days are under the severest cost-cutting scrutiny.  The basic building block of the industry – the simple steel box – is not immune from the search for economies.  Indeed recently it has been somewhat of a focus.  It is worth reflecting, therefore on the value of quality in the manufacture of this vital unit.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has acted on container weights, amending the Safety of Life at Sea Convention (SOLAS) to require verification, and it has progressed on packing by approving the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code). Both these are significant moves to improve safety and cargo integrity. Now, as larger container tonnage becomes commonplace, it is time to turn attention to lashing and securing.

TT Club’s Andrew Huxley puts things into perspective and assesses how last November’s deliberations by the IMO’s Maritime Safety Committee will advance the cause of container safety at sea

Starting at the FIATA Headquarters Session which took place in Zurich, Switzerland from 19th to 22nd of March, 2015, the Members of the FIATA Presidency have decided to adopt the habit of congratulating eminent personalities who have been significantly beneficial for FIATA with the title of "FIATA Fellow". The object of this title is to enable the Presidency to express appreciation for outstanding contributions to the freight forwarding and logistics industry, esteem deserving individuals, and at the same time, use this award as a means to motivate others to contribute their talents and efforts.

TT Club’s Development Director, Brian Sullivan had the honour of helping judge at the British International Freight Association (BIFA) Awards this year.  The opportunity gave him a special insight into the recent innovative achievements of which entrants into the Awards are justifiably proud.  Here he comments on a significant trend that he observed.

Speaking during Baltic Transport Week in Gdansk this week Andrew Huxley, Development Director at freight transport insurance specialist TT Club, warned port and terminal operators to be aware of the reputational damage that can be a serious consequence of uninsured incidents resulting from avoidable risks

TT Club, the leading international transport, freight and logistics insurance provider, has appointed Justin Reynolds as Regional Claims Director, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in London, he will be responsible for handling member’s claims across the EMEA region.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited and TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, trading as the TT Club. TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited, registered in the UK (Company number: 02657093) is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated in the UK by the Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulation Authority. In Hong Kong, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is authorised and regulated by the Hong Kong Insurance Authority, in Singapore by the Monetary Authority of Singapore and in Australia by the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority. In the United States, TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is approved as a surplus lines insurer in all states and is accessible through properly licensed surplus lines brokers. The registered offices are: 90 Fenchurch Street, London, EC3M 4ST.

Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited, registered in Bermuda (Company number: 1750) is authorised and regulated in Bermuda by the Bermuda Monetary Authority. 

The UK VAT Identification number for Through Transport Mutual Insurance Association Limited is: GB 564 5244 35 and for TT Club Mutual Insurance Limited is: GB 564 3375 30. The Italian VAT Identification number for TT Club Mutual Ltd is: 03627210101.

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