Joint Industry Publication sets out Guidelines for the Carriage of Charcoal in Containers

New Guidelines for the carriage of Charcoal and Carbon in containers have been published jointly by CINS (the Cargo Incident Notification System) and the International Group of P&I Clubs. Charcoal/Carbon is a black residue, consisting of Carbon and any remaining ash obtained by removing water and other volatile constituents from animal and vegetation substances. Charcoal/Carbon is considered to be a self-heating substance – that is to say, it is a substance which, in contact with air and without energy supply, is liable to self-heating. A self-heating reaction may result in extensive heat development and fire. There have been a number of reported fires in recent years involving the carriage of Charcoal in containers. With global production of wood Charcoal and Carbon amounting to over 50 million tonnes per year, the practices set out in these Guidelines are intended both to improve safety during the carriage of these products, and to ensure that it is properly declared, packaged and carried. The transport of Charcoal and Carbon must be in compliance with the requirements set out in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code). The new Guidelines include selected provisions from the IMDG Code, together with additional precautions to enhance its safe carriage. The Guidelines were prepared by a Work Group comprising CINS Members, including Shipping Lines, the International Group of P&I Clubs and the TT Club. To download the Guidelines, click here: Guidelines for the Carriage of Charcoal &...

CINS wins prestigious BIC Award

The Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) has won the prestigious Bureau International des Containers (BIC)  2017 BIC Award. Presented annually, the award honors an individual or organization for notable contributions to safety, security, standardization, or sustainability in containerized transportation.  The BIC Award was presented to Ken Rohlmann of Hapag Lloyd, CINS Vice Chairman, and Jean-Christophe Triat of the Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), two of the founding members of CINS, in recognition of the work that CINS is doing to share information and improve safety aboard vessels and throughout the supply chain. “CINS is a unique group of international experts, acting independently from any commercial interests, purely driven by the aim to enhance the overall safety for our colleagues on board of our vessels and within the entire transport chain,” said Mr Rohlmann on accepting the Award. The presentation of the 2017 BIC Award was made during the annual meeting of the sub-committee on Carriage of Cargoes and Containers (CCC) at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) headquarters in London. It was presented by Douglas Owen, BIC Secretary General, and Giordano Bruno Guerrini, Chairman of the Board for the BIC. “As a non-profit organization dedicated to safety within the shipping and container industry, BIC welcomes and encourages industry-led initiatives such as CINS,” says Douglas Owen, BIC Secretary General. “We have been particularly impressed with how CINS has brought the industry together to help improve safety throughout the supply chain. We are delighted to recognize this great achievement with a BIC Award.” CINS was established in 2011 by five of the world’s biggest container lines; CMA-CGM,  Evergreen, Hapag-Lloyd, Maersk Line and MSC,...

CINS Presentation at ICHCA Meeting

CINS Vice-Chairman Ken Rohlmann (Senior Director Cargo Service / Dangerous Goods, Hapag-Lloyd) was a speaker at the Packaged Dangerous Goods seminar held in London last month.

Successful CINS Cargo Guidelines Work Group Meeting

The CINS Cargo Guidelines Work Group has just completed a 2-day meeting in Hamburg this week. Hosted by Hapag-Lloyd, the meeting focused on the creation of future CINS Guidelines for the carriage of a number of specific cargoes where there have been industry-wide incidents in recent months.

7th CINS Meeting: London – Wednesday 7 December 2016

The 7th CINS Meeting will take place in London on Wednesday 7 December 2016. As with previous meetings, participation at the meeting is free of charge for Members. The Meeting is being generously hosted by the TT Club. The Meeting Agenda and Practical Arrangements will be published in October….

Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen elected Chairman of CINS for second term

At the recent CINS Board Meeting in Copenhagen, Uffe Ernst-Frederiksen (Head of Cargo Management, Maersk Line) was elected as President for a second term. The CINS Presidency lasts for 3 years, so the second term will commence on 1 January 2017 and end on 31 December 2019….

Guidelines for shipping cargoes in Non-Operating Reefers: Consultation Document

CINS has been co-operating with the Container Owners Association to develop standard Guidelines for the Carriage of Cargo in Non-Operating Reefers. A Draft Document has been prepared and is being sent out to interested CINS and COA Members for consultation. Any CINS Member who would like to review the current draft should contact Patrick Hicks...