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Cargo safety strengthened by ICHCA and ABTO Memorandum of Understanding

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The International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) and the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators (ABTO) have recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)for collaborative working between the organisations.

Recognising both parties as leading voices in bulk cargo handling and operations, the MoU commits the organisations to the coordination of efforts to promote improved safety across the maritime industry.

Head of ICHCA International, Richard Brough OBE said: “By working together, it strengthens the negotiating position of both bodies to improve safety regulations in the industry. The two organisations have combined knowledge and are confident that they will achieve more for its member businesses by working together on industry responses to key areas.

“ICHCA’s Dry Bulk Cargoes Working Group has been developing guidelines, regulations and recommendations to support its Technical Advisory service, which the organisation is keen to develop and implement in partnership with ABTO, as it works alongside them at International Maritime Organization and other regulatory bodies to improve standards and working conditions together.”

ICHCA and ABTO have agreed to be proactive in championing areas of common interest including confined space working, safety standards, greenhouse gas emissions and the IMSBC Code.

ABTO Chief Executive Simon Gutteridge, said: “The MoU that has been signed with ICHCA will benefit the membership of both associations. By formalising a relationship, the organisations are able to better coordinate the efforts on international issues of common concern while strengthening their scope of influence at a regulatory level.”

Under the MoU, ICHCA and ABTO aim to establish joint technical and ad-hoc committees, initiate surveys and studies, and exchange research findings and publications where appropriate to strengthen information exchange.

The trade associations will also look to coordinate their respective events and seminar to encourage wider information exchange.

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