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ICHCA International newsletter – June/July issue

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ICHCA International newsletter – June/July issue

Welcome to the latest edition of Inside ICHCA International, our regular e-newsletter for association members, partners and cargo handling industry colleagues worldwide.

ICHCA International’s NGO (non-governmental organisation) status enables us to represent our members, and the cargo handling industry at large, in front of national and international agencies and regulatory bodies.

Chaired by John Beckett and managed and overseen by myself, ICHCA’s work is informed by an expert technical panel chaired by Bill Brassington. The panel provides technical advice and publications on a wide range of practical cargo handling issues. In this issue we introduce the senior team so that our members, partners and industry colleagues can put names and faces to our respective roles.

In addition to Inside ICHCA International, we continue to produce Cargo Handling Voice, a monthly news digest of industry, policy and regulatory developments related to safety, security, sustainability and efficiency in cargo handling across all transport modes and nodes.

If you have any news you would like to be considered for inclusion in future editions of Inside ICHCA International, please contact our Communications team. Don’t forget to add us to your mailing list. Happy reading!

Captain Richard W A Brough OBE
Head of ICHCA International




Introducing the team that manages and oversees the work of ICHCA International.

John Beckett, Chair of ICHCA International

An organisational thinker with more than 30 years’ experience of leading successful teams, John Beckett has been the Vice President of British Columbia Maritime Employers’ Association since 2006, where he is responsible for the leadership and management of the training, health, safety and recruitment operations, recruiting, testing and training more than 500 new employees within the ports of British Columbia each year.

With a strong background in health and safety, John’s previous roles include being Safety & Training Manager at Vancouver International Airport Authority and Health, Safety and Rehabilitation Manager for the City of Vancouver.

John is also a Deputy Employer Member of the Governing Body of the ILO (International Labour Organization).

Bill Brassington, Chair of ICHCA Technical Panel and SCIART working group

Bill Brassington is an independent safety and security consultant in the freight supply chain with nearly 20 years’ experience in the container industry. He joined P & O Containers as the global maintenance manager, before moving to GE SeaCo Services as engineering and technical services manager.

Bill has always had a deep interest in health and safety issues. He is a member of the International Organisation for Standardisation’s Technical Committee 104 (freight containers) and is now the Chairman of the Sub-committee responsible for special containers (SC2). He also attends the IMO’s Carriage of Cargoes and Containers Sub-Committee as an NGO technical expert.

For the last six years Bill has provided consultancy to the container industry and continues to play an active part in container and transport supply chain safety and security.

Captain Richard Brough OBE, Head of ICHCA International

Captain Richard Brough started his career with the Merchant Navy in 1969 culminating in command level plus a commission in the RNR. Since 1989 he held various port and stevedoring managerial positions and he also served as a port captain.

He has chaired national and regional skills and training organisations. In 2004 he set up Brough Marine Limited; offering professional advice to many large international organisations. This led to him being involved with ICHCA in various roles over the last eight years.

He was awarded an OBE by HM The Queen in 2011 for services to training and skills.


As mentioned in the previous issue of Inside ICHCA International, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) has taken over the ICHCA Secretariat. Here we introduce two further members of the team.

Matt Harrington, Editor & Senior Copywriter

Matt has more than 20 years’ experience working as a copywriter and editor, having worked across a range of business sectors, from publishing to financial services. His experience includes writing for blue-chip brands such as Saga, John Lewis and Unilever, as well as the not-for-profit sector. He currently edits Freight & Logistics, FTA’s well-respected monthly membership magazine, and lists politics and current affairs among his interests. Married with two daughters, in his spare time Matt enjoys mountain biking, going to the gym and volunteering with the Scout Association.

Scott Mackay, Social Media Executive

Scott has 10 years’ experience working in marketing, specialising in social media over the past five years. Scott has worked with organisations across a range of sectors both client and agency side, from radio stations to insurance, and from luxury car brands to logistics. At FTA he is responsible for the Association’s social media activity and campaigns across all platforms.

Recently married, Scott can usually be found at a sports ground where he plays both football and American football. He loves travelling and says that Las Vegas is a must visit.


Members may or may not be aware that ICHCA has, in recent years, expanded its affiliations with other organisations in our sector. This has come about from greater awareness in the industry of what ICHCA does and better understanding of our core aims and ambitions. It also makes sense from a time and resource point of view to team up with other organisations on joint topics instead of ‘going it alone’.

We have had MOUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with some bodies for a number of years and these are listed on ICHCA’s website. In recent months, however, we have signed an MOU with IAPH (International Association of Ports and Harbors).

This means we will collaborate with them on topics of mutual interest, the first of which will be a joint outcome on ‘Cybercrime in Ports’. An event in London later this year jointly with, and hosted by, the TT Club (ICHCA Premium members) will look at what the outcome might be. Any member wishing to be invited or just for further details should contact Amanda Cooper at secretariat@ichca.com.

In this issue we have included information about another project we collaborate with GLEC (Global Logistics Emissions Council) and a summary of their recent council meeting can be found here.



We are delighted to announce that Dr Heike Deggim, Director of Maritime Safety Division at IMO (International Maritime Organization), has agreed to speak at the 2019 ICHCA International 20/20 Cargo Vision Conference & Exhibition.

Given that the IMO’s annual theme this year is “Empowering Women in Maritime” Dr Deggim’s visit to our conference could not be more appropriate.

Hosted by Malta Freeport Terminals, the 2019 conference will bring institutional and industry stakeholders together to explore how to create safer, more sustainable and secure maritime cargo operations across land and sea. To be held in Malta on 11-14 November 2019, the conference aims to develop mutual understanding, share experiences, explore innovation and review policy and regulation.

Shippers, carriers, ports and terminals, inland operators, regulators, researchers, educators, NGOs, equipment, technology, service providers and all those concerned with the safety, security and sustainability of cargo operations on land and at sea are invited to join us to help shape the future.



TT Club and BSI have issued the second edition of their report on global cargo theft, the first to cover a full year. Highlighted findings include:

  • theft from road vehicles once more accounts for the highest proportion at 84 per cent
  • slash and grab is the largest type of cargo theft at 26 per cent globally but with significant variations
  • the combination of food, beverage, alcohol and tobacco makes up the most common commodity group at 34 per cent and South America tops the regional analysis of median value for each theft at $77,000




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