Industry Leaders Unite To Promote Safety Innovations At TT Innovation In Safety Award Event

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  • On May 20, 2024, industry professionals gathered in London for the TT Innovation in Safety Award presentation.
  • The event highlighted the importance of continuous safety improvements and featured discussions on innovative advancements.
  • Key speakers emphasized the need for collaboration between technical solution providers and maritime stakeholders, and the benefits of safety-conscious practices for organizational efficiency.
  • The forum also addressed rapid technological advancements, particularly in data sharing and AI, that are enhancing safety techniques.
  • The TT Club noted the cargo handling industry’s cultural shift towards embracing innovative technology and automation, which benefits both efficiency and safety.

Maurizio Pilu, Managing Director of the Safetytech Accelerator, emphasized the importance of bringing technical solution providers together with maritime and supply chain stakeholders. This forum, along with its accompanying seminar, facilitated mutual understanding between these groups regarding the challenges faced in safety advancements.

The Importance of Safety and Efficiency

Richard Steele, CEO of ICHCA and organizer of the Award, underscored the benefits of improved safety from both workforce and organizational standpoints. He highlighted that a safety-conscious organization is not only efficient and sustainable but also requires strong leadership. Steele stated, “The coming together of a wider audience of like-minded professionals, the sharing of experiences regarding both risks and successful problem solving, is crucial. At forums such as this, you may discover your next leap forward in safety.”

Technological Advancements and Collaboration

Jose Andres Gimenez, Secretary General of the Terminal Industry Committee 4.0 (TIC 4.0), reiterated the theme of collaboration and experience sharing as key to successful safety performance. Gimenez also challenged the belief that innovation only delivers ROI in the long term, pointing out that rapid technological advancements are yielding practical operational improvements in the short term. He noted that data sharing and analysis through AI and other tools are driving significant advancements in safety techniques.

Embracing Innovation and Automation

Neil Dalus, speaking on behalf of the Award sponsor TT Club, commented on the cultural shift in the cargo handling industry towards embracing innovative technology and automation. This shift, he noted, benefits efficiency, aligns with environmental considerations, and offers significant safety advantages.

Further Information

  • The full proceedings of the Award presentation and accompanying interactive seminar can be viewed upon request.
  • An Innovation in Safety Award Digest featuring details of all entries is available for download.
  • Entrants are invited to various discussion forums, conferences, and exhibitions, including the TT/ICHCA Safety Village at TOC Europe in June.

About ICHCA International

Established in 1952, ICHCA International is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the safety, productivity, and efficiency of cargo handling and movement worldwide. ICHCA represents its members and the cargo handling industry in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies. Its Technical Panel provides best practice advice and develops publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues. ICHCA operates through a series of national and regional chapters, including ICHCA Australia, ICHCA Japan, and several Correspondence and Working Groups, providing a focal point for informing, educating, lobbying, and networking to improve knowledge and best practice across the cargo handling chain.

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Source: ICHCA