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Title:  Ending Misdeclared Cargo Forum

Date: 14th November 2019

Venue:  Royal Lancaster Hotel, London


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Summary

One of the universal concerns that unite the global shipping industry is the danger posed by hazardous cargo.

Containerisation shipping, liquid and dry bulk and tanker operators are looking at all aspects of transporting hazardous cargo to try to find the best options for minimising, if not eliminating, the risks.

The list of human and capital casualties from hazardous cargo mishaps has become woefully long in recent years, yet incidents keep occurring.

The MSC Flaminia tragedy in July 2012 which claimed three lives provoked debate about finding solutions. The Maersk Honam tragedy in March 2018 in which five seafarers were killed became the catalyst for the kind of industry resolve that began to take shape throughout 2018 and the Yantian Express fire in January 2019 raised the volume of concern.

Lloyd’s List and its research and consultancy counterparts at Lloyd’s List Intelligence will host an interactive forum with industry leaders, coinciding with Informa’s Global Freight Awards, to drive collaborative effort to tackle the faults in the global supply chain of dangerous goods.

We will examine the options being put forward to stamp out misdeclarations, wrongly stowed hazardous freight, or other cargo-related malpractices that can – and have had – deadly consequences, and look at the potential to set in place agreed global standards.

We will also evaluate the need for a new agency which could encompass shippers, forwarders, ports, terminals, insurers, and other stakeholders, as well as container lines.

The forum promises to be the most informed and up to date report card delivered to a UK audience on hazardous cargo and will be widely anticipated by relevant authorities and agencies seeking solutions for the problem.

The event will attract insurers, lawyers, salvors, operators of containerships, dry bulkers and tankers, environmentalists and representatives of seafarers, among others.