CTU Accreditation and Competency Training
18th November 2018
Loading of Seafreight Containers - The person who packs and secures the cargo into the CTU (Cargo Transport Unit) may be the last person to look inside the unit until it is opened at its final destination. Consequently, a great many people in the transport chain will rely on the skill of this person.
Spatial Global is committed to safety across the supply chain
The declaration of the accurate gross mass of a packed container is now recognised as critical to maritime safety. It is the legal obligation of the ‘packer’ to verify the gross mass (VGM) of a loaded container under the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS). There is a widening appreciation at all levels on the importance of correct and safe stowage, building on a growing appetite for safety and compliance within the industry that continues to be high on everyone’s agenda.
What constitutes a non-compliant CTU'
Non-compliance in container packing includes container weight misdeclaration, cargo misdeclaration, undeclared hazardous cargo, and a lack of identification marks such as proper labelling. The onus lies on all the entities involved in the trade – exporters, traders, hauliers, freight forwarders and shipping lines to understand. Educating the trade and customers alike about the risks related to non-compliant packing and labelling of cargo and containers.
Risking lives, fines, total loss of cargo and potentially business threatening costs
HSE figures for 2017 show Transport as the 3rd most dangerous industry behind Construction and Agriculture. 65% of all marine insurance cargo damage claims are as a result of poor packing and securing within the cargo transport unit. In the event of a claim, if liability is proven then any pay out from your insurance cover is likely to only cover the tip of the iceberg in terms of product cost, management time, hours of lost business, distraction etc.
Spatial Global ensure all relevant personnel and our clients are CTU code compliant
In line with our company vision as a place where customers feel safe, Rachel Morley has undertaken the accreditation and competency training for understanding the CTU Code. This has being rolled out to all relevant staff and clients who undertake their own packing of containers.
Need help in understanding the CTU Code'
Call us and get some free advice - because whether you use a small local freight forwarder, a large global brand or something in-between - we're confident we can deliver you a more 'cost effective' solution. One with measurably better performance because it comes with excellent KPI communications, backed by exceptional customer support. No job is too big or too small - and all our customers benefit from a single executive point of contact - whatever their requirements. Giving you the confidence to focus on your core competencies, whilst we take care of your freight forwarding needs.