ICHCA announces record number of entries for TT Club Innovation in Safety Award


More than 30 organizations from around the world have submitted entries for the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award 2021. Covering products and procedures that achieve demonstrable improvement in cargo handling and transport safety, submissions range from bulk cargo handling to containerized cargo; safety reports and environmental monitoring and firefighting education.

Designed both to encourage safety innovation at a time of increased operational demands on global cargo handling infrastructure and to celebrate the practical success of such initiatives, this will be the fourth time the award has been presented. TT Club, as a leading freight insurer, and the association representing freight handlers, ICHCA International, have a long history of working together to identify and promote operational safety in the industry. They constantly produce security advice and support innovation to improve the security of freight operations and logistics.

“With more than 50% more submissions than previous years, I am delighted to see a record year for entries for the TT Club Safety Innovation Award,” said ICHCA CEO, Richard Steele. “The judges had an abundance of creative, innovative and thought-provoking content to consider. This level of response underscores that there are many smart and dedicated people working in the world of cargo handling to improve safety and we are proud of be part of this effort.

As the world’s leading specialist insurer of cargo handling risks, TT is a mutual organization dedicated to reducing risk and advising on loss prevention through enhanced safety regimes. TT’s Director of Risk Management, Peregrine Storrs-Fox, comments: “We consider our creation and continued support of the Safety Innovation Award to be very relevant to the core mission of the club. TT remains dedicated to safety in the industry and is proud to have celebrated past winners such as Hapag Lloyd’s cargo patrolas well as terminal automation experts, Kunz and Yardeye for their work with CSX Intermodal Terminals, in addition to all other worthy entrants, for their innovations, each of which can be seen as significantly improving security standards in the global industry transport and logistics.”

The award, open to any individual, team or company in the freight supply chain, is awarded to the entry that has been judged as the best product, idea, solution, process, scheme or other innovation improving operational safety. . The Award event, a virtual ceremony to be held on 22n/a February 2022, https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5371375306422039564 will feature a limited number of shortlisted entries, culminating in the awarding of the prize.

Speaking on behalf of the judging panel, Bill Brassington, ICHCA Technical Committee Chair, “It was exciting to read all of the excellent submissions covering such a wide variety of safety-related innovations. The quality and quantity of submissions demonstrate the importance of the TT Club Innovation in Safety Award, and it was difficult to differentiate their value in the world of cargo handling,” he commented. “On this strong field, there were only a few dots between many entries. While the award will inevitably recognize one nomination, we will, as before, publish a summary of all nominations to give a profile to all truly innovative work. In this context, we commend all of them for their work and dedication to improving safety in cargo handling.