Cargo handling industry alliance moves to prevent port and terminal collisions

Three of the cargo handling industry’s leading bodies have produced an information paper entitled Collision Prevention At Ports & Terminals. Specialists from international freight transport insurers, TT Club, together with cargo handling industry operations ICHCA and PEMA have pooled resources to make available information to promote collision prevention in an attempt to reduce injuries and loss of life, equipment damage and minimize costly business disruption at ports and terminals worldwide.

All relevant stakeholders have been involved in the development of this project. PEMA represents container crane and technology manufacturers, and TT Club and ICHCA International represent container terminals.

The publishers noted that there was a growing number of non-contact, state-of-the- art technologies for collision prevention that could improve equipment safety and reduce risk associated with container handling. However, it noted that “many of these are not currently included in national or international standards”. The newly published  paper suggests that such technologies should be installed on new and existing equipment, and covers major features and types of non-contact technologies for collision prevention at ports and terminals.

The information paper does not carry any binding obligations, and is independent of the various local, national and international regulatory regimes on the safe design, manufacture, specification and operation of the various equipment types, which must also be satisfied.

The publication noted that container terminals were inherently associated with potential safety risk, with vehicles and heavy equipment operating in close proximity. However, given that terminal plant was broadly similar and typically performs similar tasks, the writers said that it was possible to model different types of collisions and place them in a matrix. The paper specifies the equipment and personnel likely to be involved in each area; and for each combination of machinery and personnel, the document analyses possible collision types and shares latest technologies to help prevent collisions.