INTERNATIONAL freight and cargo handling insurer TT Club says the fragile global supply chain must revolve around a culture of safety throughout all operators and organisations.  

Speaking about the company’s A Year in Focus brochure, TT logistics risk manager Josh Finch said a strong culture of safety at an organisation would “positively impact safety performance”. 

“In an increasingly risk intense global supply environment, a greater emphasis on safety will help avoid critical incidents such as fire, cargo damage and vessel loss, which further exacerbate shortages, congestion and human suffering,” Mr Finch said. 

“This message pervades the loss prevention work of TT and is exemplified in a wide variety of studies and reports published in the insurer’s latest review of current and on-going risk trends.”  

TT’s view of a pervasive safety culture is represented by several contributions in A Year in Focus.  

Analysis of its own claims data and detailed research into a range of risks across the supply chain results in reports on and advisable actions to mitigate invasive pest in freight containers and increased cyber security risk as ports automate; increased customs documentation errors and clandestine immigration threats; help from drone technology and the dangers of plastic micro pellet spillages.   

Attention to a broad spectrum of hazards was essential in developing the all-important safety culture.   

“TT has recently witnessed a renewed focus and commitment towards loss prevention activities, with additional emphasis placed on the club’s mission statement to make the industry safer, more secure and more sustainable,” said loss prevention managing director Mike Yarwood.   

“Greater safety goes hand-in-hand with enhanced security and consequently sustainability.  

“TT’s mutual ethos demands that we guide those we insure – and indeed the wider industry – in all aspects of risk through the container transport and global logistics supply chain.  

“Via our latest Year in Focus we aim to add to the large cannon of knowledge and guidance.”