The Secretary-General of the Global Shippers’ Forum (GSF), Chris Welsh MBE, has been invited to join the Board of Directors of the International Cargo Handling Coordination Association (ICHCA) – and his appointment has been described as “a great asset” to the team.
GSF joined ICHCA in 2012 to promote cooperation between shippers and the international cargo handling community and to enhance safety standards in the maritime supply chain.
Commenting on his appointment, Welsh said: “I am honoured to be invited to join the Board of Directors. Since joining ICHCA, GSF and ICHCA have worked in close partnership on a number of important issues, in particular in developing a compromise proposal in IMO regarding the new requirement for shippers to provide a verified gross mass for containers before they could be loaded on to container vessels.
“GSF’s involvement in ICHCA has promoted wider recognition of cargo and cargo handling interests throughout the maritime supply chain and has led to a greater understanding of these broader supply chain interests in IMO and other UN agencies such as ILO and UNECE. Our mutual aim is to enhance the influence of these interests and to exploit opportunities for future membership development and other synergies internationally.”
Speaking on behalf of the ICHCA International Board, Richard Brough OBE, Technical Advisor to ICHCA International, said: “ICHCA are delighted that Chris Welsh MBE has agreed to join its international board of directors. Chris has been associated with ICHCA for a while, GSF being members in their own right and he has been involved in several high profile campaigns in partnership over that period. This includes representing GSF and ICHCA at IMO’s MEPC Committee and serving as Chair of the Group of Experts in Geneva that developed the CTU Code. Chris has also been instrumental with GSF’s work with ICHCA, WSC and TT Club in developing industry FAQ’s for VGM implementation. In short he will be a great asset to ICHCA.”