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Shippers’ forum on containers transport

Container transport is a major contributor to global trade.

However, stuffing, handling and transporting these “steel box” requires lots of care, professionalism and safety. European Shippers’ Council has decided to organize on the 1st of December 2015 a workshop to make an overview of several topics about stuffing and transporting containers.


Many incidents in transport are attributed to poor practices in the packing of cargo transport units, including inadequate securing of the cargo, overloading or incorrect declaration of contents. This is of major concern particularly because the victims may be the general public or transport and supply chain workers, who generally have no control over the packing of such units. The CTU Code, a joint publication of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), addresses these concerns through a non-mandatory global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers for transportation by sea and land.

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During this workshop organized by European Shippers’ Council, professional experts and specialists will present this code and much practical information to ensure safe and proper loading of containers.

Program of the event

Furthermore, in July 2016, the new rule for reinforcement of the obligation of declaration of the total gross weight of containers. One part of the workshop will focus on the practical side of this regulation and how it will be implemented around Europe as well as the impact on the shippers.

Many time will be left for questions and answers as well as networking during the event


11h – 13h Port tour by bus  Organised by the Port of Antwerp
13h – 14h Light lunch  Sponsored by drewry_sca_col 400x200
14h – 14h15 Welcome and introduction Denis Choumert
European Shippers’ Council
14h 15 – 15h45 Weighing of containers

  • The text of the legislation and the points open for interpretation
  • Overview of what is already known on different national legislations
  • An example of an implementation plan
  • Solutions tare weight management

Fabien Becquelin
European Shippers’ Council

Lennart Heip
Dow Logistics

Corné Bouman

15h45 – 16h15 Networking coffee break Sponsored by drewry_sca_col 400x200
16h15 – 18h Securing goods inside container, the guidelines for packing of cargo transport units

  • IMO/ILO/UNECE Guidelines for Packing of CTUs
  • Practical examples
Bill Brassington
ETS Consulting

Richard Henau
C -Technologies

18h – 19h30 Networking cocktail

Practical details

Date: 1st of December 2015 from 11h00 to 19h30.

Place: Port of Antwerp
Havenhuis, Entrepotkaai 1, 2000 Antwerp

Nearest hotel is: Holiday Inn Express Antwerp City – North


Price: Member ESC/OTM/AUTF/EVO: Free of charge  –  not member € 100 ex VAT


Warning: number of seats limited. First come, first served.




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This article was posted on April 22nd, 2015 by Fabien Becquelin under Events