ICHCA Conference Set For Helsinki May 26-June 1, 1979

The XlVth Conference of ICHCA (International Cargo Handling Co-ordination Association) will take place in Helsinki, Finland, from May 26 to June 1, 1979, under the theme "From Raw Material to Finished Product." R.P. Holubowicz, the chairman of the council and executive board of the association, on making this announcement in London, stated that conference delegates will be stimulated by the approach of ICHCA Finland to the way in which the conference was being organized. Delegates would be spending about a day and a half of the conference in technical visits, where they would have the opportunity of seeing at first hand various aspects of Finnish industry related to cargo handling.

Specialized papers related to the visits will be presented during the course of these tours, as a means of giving more "life" to the technical papers presented and more substance to the technical visits.

The remainder of the time would be taken up discussing international subjects related to the theme at the Finlandia Conference Hall in Helsinki. At the same time, the chairman issued a call for papers from members of ICHCA and others, covering the handling and movement of general cargo (to include aspects of container, ro/ro and breakbulk operations), bulk solids, liquids, and specialized cargo by land, sea and air.

Mr. Holubowicz emphasized the need for authors to cover these subjects from practical experience, setting out the problems met and overcome, together with the methodology used. He stressed that the 1979 Conference would concentrate mainly on aspects of practical cargo handling as, from a survey of delegates attending the Melbourne Conference this year, it was quite clear that this was the area which interested most members. Prospective authors were asked to provide an outline of their proposed paper to ICHCA Central Office as a first step.

Further information from those wishing to submit papers may be obtained from ICHCA, Abford House, 15 Wilton Road, London SW1 1LX, England.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 26,  Dec 1977 Gary W. Dayton

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