In a move that recognises both parties as leading voices in bulk cargo handling and operations, ICHCA International (the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association) and ABTO (the Association of Bulk Terminal Operators) have signed an MOU for collaborative working between the organisations. 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, we strengthen the negotiating position of both bodies to improve safety regulations in the industry. Our two organisations have a wealth of combined knowledge and expertise and we are confident that we will achieve more for our 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 ICHCA’s Technical Advisory service, which we are keen to develop and implement in partnership with ABTO, as we work alongside them at IMO and other regulatory bodies to improve standards and working conditions together.”
ICHCA International and ABTO have agreed to be proactive in championing areas of common interest including confined space working, safety standards, GHG emissions and the IMSBC Code. ABTO Chief Executive Simon Gutteridge, said, “The MOU we have signed with ICHCA will benefit the membership of both associations. By formalising a relationship we have enjoyed with ICHCA over several years, we are able to better coordinate our efforts on international issues of common concern while strengthening our 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.