TT Club’s Risk Management Director suggests a path to improved safety amid the complexity of a container supply chain currently experiencing a serious ship fire, on average every sixty days, reports Marine Insight.
Dangers of mishandling
TT Club’s Risk Management Director, Peregrine Storrs-Fox with Craig Neame, Partner in global law firm HFW suggests path to improved safety amid the complexity of a container supply chain currently experiencing a serious ship fire, on average every sixty days.
“A lack of understanding of regulations and good practices in the classification, packing and declaration, handling and transport, of dangerous goods pervades all stakeholders within the multimodal environment, through which such high volumes of containers move around the world,” comments Storrs-Fox.
Consequences of dangerous mishandling can range from explosions, fires and gas clouds to serious injury, loss of life, cargo and assets.
Engendering compliance through enforcement
“Increasing awareness of the risks involved in the freight supply chain, strengthening training in good practices and engendering compliance through appropriate enforcement will not be achieved quickly but are tasks that must be faced.“
“TT Club welcomes the challenge as part of its Cargo Integrity campaign and encourages all in the industry to weigh in.”
Suggestions placed by Storrs-Fox
Storrs-Fox suggested some solutions that are already being employed and the direction that others might take.
The suggestions includes Hazcheck Portalˡ – seeks to bring information on transport restrictions and regulations together in one place, Cargo Patrol – an attempt to identify undeclared and misdeclared dangerous goods before they are shipped on board and the potential of blockchain technology to eliminate errors in data transmission and interpretation.
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