A current estimate declared mis- or undeclared dangerous cargoes in excess of 150,000 containers a year, each of which has disastrous potential, said a TT Club statement.
The TT Club has been campaigning for some time to reduce potentially life-threatening and damaging issues, ranging from regulatory requirements to promoting awareness.
'Effective review of regulations is to be applauded. Indeed, the latest meeting of the IMO's Maritime Safety Committee debated in detail the issue of containership fires. However, such consideration will not result in speedy change,' said the TT Club's risk management director Peregrine Storrs-Fox.
'Holistic industry-led initiatives are necessary. An understanding by all the actors in the supply chain of safe packaging, packing, loading, and unloading of containers, and of the need for detailed, accurate information of the cargo's attributes and any potentially hazardous reactions to any eventuality occurring through the entire transit, is necessary. Above all truth, trust and transparency must guide all involved,' said Mr Storss-Fox.
The TT Club organised a series of three webinars earlier this year covering all aspects of containership fires.