Friday, June 10, 2011

TT Club Warns Shipping and Logistics Operators of Above Average Hurricane Season

Be Prepared is the Advice
Shipping News Feature

AMERICAS / CARIBBEAN – The world’s leading provider of insurance and risk management services to the international transport and logistics industry, the TT Club, has issued a warning that they believe that this year’s hurricane season for the Southern USA, Central America and the Caribbean could be ‘above-average’.

According to The National Hurricane Centre of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) a number of key climatic factors are present this season that make stronger storms more likely, including sea surface temperatures in the Atlantic up to two degrees Fahrenheit warmer than average and ocean and atmospheric conditions conducive for hurricane development in sync with one another.

Though the TT Club admits that forecasting such phenomenon accurately is extremely difficult, it is advising both shipping lines that use Atlantic/Caribbean routes and anyone who operates coastal and inland facilities, particularly those located along the Atlantic seaboard and the Gulf of Mexico, to review and update their hurricane safety procedures and ensure all staff are familiar with their emergency protocols.

The Club publishes a handbook on this subject, 'WindStorm II Practical Risk Management Guidance for Marine & Inland Terminals', which is filled with valuable information to minimise the losses incurred, including guidance on creating an emergency plan and easy-to-use checklists.