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ICHCA calls for cargo operations to improve in five key respects

ICHCA will use its 65th anniversary conference in October to call for improvements to safety, smart technology, sustainability, security and skills across the global cargo chain

London, UK — ICHCA International, the global cargo handling NGO, will use its 65th anniversary event to call for vital improvements to the global cargo chain. Looking ahead to the future of cargo handling worldwide, the Association has picked out five key areas for focused discussions: safety, smart technology, sustainability, security and skills.

The community at the ICHCA International Conference 2017, which takes place from October 2-6, 2017 in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, Spain, will hear keynote speeches given by Mr Westwood-Booth, Senior Deputy Director of the Sub-Division for Marine Technology and Cargoes in the Maritime Safety Division at the International Maritime Organization; Günther Bonz, President, FEPORT; and Olaf Merk, Administrator Ports and Shipping, International Transport Forum, OECD.

ICHCA’s flagship event will bring together the big names in cargo handling to discuss the best ways to improve as an industry. Other key figures include Lars Kjaer, Senior Vice President, World Shipping Council (WSC); Douglas Owen, Secretary General, Bureau International des Containers (BIC); Ken Rohlmann, Senior Director Cargo Service / Dangerous Goods, Hapag-Lloyd AG and Deputy Chairman, Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS); Peregrine Storrs-Fox, Risk Management Director, TT Club; Chris Welsh, General Secretary, Global Shippers Forum (GSF); Rafael Company, R&D Project Manager, Valenciaport Foundation; and Kevin Furniss, Vice President, Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Sustainability, APM Terminals.

The two-day conference is staged as part of an extensive program that also includes an exhibition of products and services, site visit to the Port of Las Palmas — a key hub for African international trade — and icebreaker reception on 2 October and 65th Anniversary Reception & Awards Evening, on 3 October, where winners will be announced for ICHCA’s 2nd TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, the Annual Las Palmas Port Awards and special ICHCA John Strang A.O. Memorial Award for a significant contribution to the cargo handling industry. The Conference & Exhibition will be followed by the 78th meeting of ICHCA’s ISP Technical Panel on 5 October and annual CARC meeting on 6 October. Global Shippers Forum will also host its AGM on October 2 as part of the week-long gathering.

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