Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Freight Groups Session to Discuss Safe Stowage of Containers and Other Cargo Transport Units

Meeting at IMO Headquarters Will Also Honour a BIC Safety Champion
Shipping News Feature
UK – WORLDWIDE – Anyone with an interest in the shipping of goods by container, trailer or any 'cargo transport unit' (CTU), which obviously means just about anyone in the freight supply chain, may be interested in the forthcoming gathering at the offices of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on September 12 when a session hosted by four of the major organisations concerned with safety in the supply chain, the Global Shippers Forum, ICHCA International, TT Club and World Shipping Council, will take a hard look at the IMO/ILO/UNECE Code of Practice for Packing of Cargo Transport Units (CTU Code).

The four groups all emphasise their passion to ensure safety in the supply chain and, by joining forces they bring a formidable amount of varied knowledge to the subject in their mission to address the dangers posed incorrectly packed and secured cargo in all types of cargo units. The session will include a presentation of the current status of the campaign and an opportunity to debate how the correct use of the Code can be promulgated.

Further details of the session will be announced in due course and can be found on each individual website of the participants using the links above. The session will be held at the IMO during the fourth meeting of its Sub-Committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC 4) and London International Shipping Week (11-15 September) and followed by a networking reception.

During the reception the winner of the 2017 BIC Award, from the Bureau International des Containers, will be announced. Each year the BIC Award honours an organisation or individual for a significant contribution to the advancement of safety, security or sustainability in container and intermodal transportation.

The BIC itself, established in 1933 long before the modern container systems were introduced, is now the body which supplies the international identification code of containers as part of the ISO 6346 standard ‘Freight Containers – Coding, Identification and Marking’. These BIC Codes or ISO Alpha-codes contain the essential information which indicate the owner and full details of the box concerned.