Collaboration to ensure environmentally cargo shipping – IMO

MV Maritime Challenger, owned and operated by IMC Shipping, China, made its maiden call at Ports & Cargo Handling Services Limited, Tin Can Island Port, Lagos

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) has said that collaboration between all stakeholders would ensure a safe and environmentally sound transportation of goods globally.
Mr. Jack Westwood Booth of IMO stated this at the recent International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association (ICHCA) 65th Anniversary Conference, Las Palmas, Gran Canarias, Spain.
Reflecting the World Maritime Day Theme – “Connecting, ships, ports and people”, Booth said IMO’s work in collaboration with government and industry to develop and implement regulations specific to the entire cargo supply chain, including goods packed in containers, was outlined.
“The first step in preventing unsafe conditions at sea and in port starts with the shipper of the goods to be transported. Whether designing a ship, boarding passengers, training ship crews and shoreside personnel, inspecting safety equipment or packing and loading a sea container, how well these and other shoreside activities are carried out will directly affect the safety of those involved well before a ship ever sets sail. This is why, after nearly 60 years, the IMO regulatory framework for shipping is comprehensive and logically addresses matters related to shoreside activities,” said Westwood Booth.

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