An annual US$ 300 million repair bill is already 300 million reasons to get together as an industry and work on ensuring best possible quality when it comes to ULD management. The worst possible scenario – and a real risk in ULD handling – is a plane crash resulting from poorly secured, badly loaded, or damaged containers. Indeed, these reasons account for many of the accidents that happen in the industry: Accidents that need not occur if staff are vigilant, trained and understand the many negative consequences of not following set procedures.
ULD CARE – the CARE stands for Compliance, Airworthiness, Regulations, Education – was started as an IATA committee back in 1971 for the purpose of tracking interlined ULDs. It became a legal
entity in 2011 and is now a not-for-profit Canadian corporation with membership open to all organizations involved in aircraft unit load device (ULD) activities in any way. Its focus is on
ensuring safety and care when it comes to handling, transporting and returning ULDs, and to this end it launched the SOS ULD Campaign in 2015: www.sos-uld.com
As stated above, failure to adhere to standard operating processes when handling ULDs can have fatal consequences. Yet the message on ULD CARE is not only for those directly involved in air cargo warehouse and flight operations. ULDs often leave airport premises and are handled by third parties at off-airport facilities and are sometimes also transported to and from shippers’ locations. How can those not directly involved in air cargo handling get the message that proper container handling, storage and loading are crucial to flight safety, as well as to minimizing expenditure on repairs.
The ULD CARE conference takes place annually, always in a different country. Last year, delegates met in Guangzhou, China. This year’s conference is being hosted in Montréal, Canada, and will build on discussions, ideas and achievements from previous years. Only when key industry players come together, can change be implemented across the board.
What is your company doing to ensure that containers remain airworthy and undamaged?
“Getting the message out” is just one of the panel topics at the 32nd ULD CARE Annual Conference taking place in Montréal from 16-19 SEP 19, and CargoForwarder Global will be joining in the discussions there. Around 70 key players from airlines to container management companies to cargo technology providers, will be coming together for three days under this year’s motto “Breakthrough to Excellence,” to discuss ULD excellence through technology, environmental issues, and solutions to the industry’s challenges.
CargoForwarder Global is on site and will be reporting on the findings over the next issues.
What do you think are the greatest challenges faced by the industry when it comes to ULD management? And what are the biggest opportunities? Let us know in the comments section!