The annual Cargo Handling Conference took place in Manila on 13-14 June at the Microtel Hotel, Mall of Asia, Pasay City. 24 Filipino and five Chinese deck officers joined the HA Cargo Handling Conference which was conducted by Johnny S. Hermansen, HA Cargo Handling Instructor, and Oskar Ostradius, HA Global Cargo Services Manager. They were joined by HFSP Crew Operations officers Capt. Dennis Desabille, Capt. Adonis Austria and Chief Engr. Ritchie Paraguya, and Steven Wang of HFSC. Items such as the new Cargo Quality Manual, HA procedures and experience from the last cargo incidents were discussed.
The Cargo Handling Conference is a very important session where HA and HFS have the opportunity to exchange experiences from cargo operations and to further train and educate the crew in HA cargo handling procedures and standards. Workshops and group presentations were performed for the different topics. The intention is to have this type of conference more frequently in order to further emphasize the importance of safe practice and securing of the cargo onboard our vessels.