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Containers (2021)

Cedre Information Day, 23rd March 2021, Virtual Event

The 25th Cedre Information Day will focus on the issue of containers and the accidental pollution they can generate, both at sea and in inland waters, ports and waterways. The day will be divided into three sessions. The first will address the issue from an operational perspective through the eyes of a ship captain and a shipping company. Past incidents and the associated risks will then be presented by Cedre and an insurance specialist. The day will conclude with a session on response to a container incident and the environment protection, from the point of view of maritime and port authorities.


Due to the health constraints linked to the pandemic, we will only publish the video of the conferences for this information day in May. We will inform you as soon as possible, of its posting on our Youtube channel, thank you for your understanding!                      



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SESSION 1: Containers and their specificities.


Perspectives for maritime container shipping -  Thierry Coquil, French Ministry of the Sea, Director of Maritime Affairs

The dynamic behaviour of container ships and its consequences for the cargo -  François-Xavier Rubens de Cervens, French Ministry of the Sea, Director of French marine casualties investigation board (BEAmer)

The challenges of maritime container shipping and logistical loading constraints - Olivier Texier, Deputy Vice President of Safety, Security and Environment Department


SESSION 2: Past incidents and risks.


The insurer’s viewpoint: past, incidents, cost of incidents today, values underwritten, risk management, response expectations -  Philippe Garo, director of McLeans SA

Hazards posed by containers and their contents: behaviour and drift of containers at sea, hazards related to the goods transported. Work conducted by Cedre: a few examples - William Giraud, ingeneer at Cedre

SESSION 3: Response and Environmental protection


Issues for the authorities in relation to merchant shipping. Response at sea - Vice Admiral Olivier Lebas, Maritime Prefecture for the Atlantic

Issues for large ports: onshore response - Commander Nicolas Chervy, Grand Port Maritime du Havre

Cedre’s role: feedback from expertise on offshore and onshore response provided for a selection of incidents (Sherbro, MSC Napoli, Lykes Liberator, MSC Flaminia, Grande America) - Nicolas Tamic, Cedre

Benefits of cross-skills in maritime intervention on containers, Ludovic Schultz, director of environmental-Europe project

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