Cargo Integrity Seminar Series

Cargo integrity issues are major industry problems and they are acting as a litmus test, shining a light on the industry like never before. Disasters such as those experienced on the MSC Flaminia, Maersk Honam and Hanjin Pennsylvania or in Tianjin Port, China and Beirut in Lebanon are highlighting the dangers, but is the problem an operational one, an educational come communication difficulty, or a regulatory issue?

The maritime community must focus on pinpointing the dangers and finding solutions to these critical issues. Discussing the issues raised by Container News in its Cargo Integrity Campaign will be a senior crew assembled by Container News from the insurance, vessel operating, cargo handling and regulatory institutions to offer an insight into the issues from their perspectives and to answer the many questions being asked within the industry. 

The Cargo Integrity Seminar Series will be chaired by Container News’ Managing Editor Nick Savvides. During each of the one-hour seminars in the series, each expert speaker will make a short presentation, followed by an interactive, twenty-minute Q&A session where all speakers will answer questions submitted by webinar attendees.

Seminar 1: Securing the supply chain through better design

October 15, 2020 14.00 BST/ 15.00 CEST / 09.00 EDT

Speakers and topics:  

  • Safer, smarter, greener DNV GL’s motto. The company is a safety and assurance provider and plays an advisory role to the IMO. What are the design innovations that the class society sees coming our way that will help protect others from dangerous goods? Are their smarter systems in the pipeline and will they offer environmental protections?  Jan-Olaf Probst DNV GL’s Director Business Development (Hamburg) and container ship expert provided some answers.
  • Regulation will necessarily play a part in keeping those working in the industry safe, as well as those who live in the proximity of facilities where dangerous goods are handled. What measures are the IMO taking to make sure society is protected? Why has regulation fallen behind the design concepts of vessels? Bingbing Song, Technical Officer, Sub-Division for Marine Technology & Cargoes, Maritime Safety Division at the IMO provided the insights on regulation.
  • Capt Amarinder Singh Brar, is a former container ship captain who has moved onshore to the LOC Group. Capt Brar has had to live with the container ship fore rules, he will describe the anxieties and the short-comings of the regulatory regime which has been left behind by the development of container ships, both technologically and in scale. A master’s eye view of living with inadequate fire protection on the high seas.


Seminar 2: Supply chain security and knowing what’s in the box

October 22, 2020 14.00 BST/ 15.00 CEST / 09.00 EDT

Speakers and topics:

  • What are the ways that intentionally misdeclared as well as mistakenly misdeclared cargoes can impact the supply chain and those working within it? Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director at the TT Club will examine this significant topic.
  • Ports and their role in the supply chain. How can accidents such as the recent Beirut explosions and the 2015 the Tianjin accident which between them killed hundreds of people, injured many thousands, caused many businesses to be destroyed and has seen millions of dollars’ worth of damage be prevented? Could it happen again? Richard Brough the Head of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association will give a virtual walk through the terminals of the world and answer some pressing questions.
  • In a landmark ruling following the fatal MSC Flaminia fire in 2012 a judge said that the shipper and forwarder must shoulder much of the responsibility for the accident. Laurent Audaz, Head of Insurance, Legal and Claims at MSC will look at the effect of this ruling and how it could alter the container shipping industry.
  • Captain Zadok Radecker, Head of Special Cargoes, Sustainability and Cargo Security at Zim will discuss the development of ZimGuard and how the system works to find misdeclared and non-declared cargo. The ZimGuard algorithm will develop as it works to protect vessels from dangerous cargoes, learning from past experience and providing ever greater protection.
  • James Douglas, CEO of Exis technologies will talk about one of the major causes of fires on board container ships, that is misdeclared and non-declared cargo. Hazcheck Detect is a cargo screening tool that aims to prevent the accidental misdeclaration of hazardous cargo and the intentional non-declaration of the similar dangerous freight. Clearly one of the best answers to fighting fires is to prevent them in the first place.


Seminar 3: Lashing, disputes and safety

October 29, 2020 14.00 GMT/ 15.00 CET / 10.00 EDT

Speakers and topics:

  • Lashing issues have been the cause of intense and prolonged discussions within the maritime industry, seafarers and their unions believe that there are safety pressing issues involved, hence their insistence on the so-called dockers-clause in joint negotiations with lines. The International Transport-Workers Federation’s Belgian Inspector, Christian Roos, will explain the union’s concerns.
  • Owners believe that the dockers’ clause is anti-competitive and breaches the rights of seafarers to earn extra cash, they say unions are protecting the more powerful dockers over the seafarers. Is this the case? Speaker TBC.
  • Why do container losses keep happening? What are the issues for vessel operators and how can those losses be mitigated? Speaker TBC.