Project Title

Promoting Safety for Dangerous Goods Transportation in APEC Region 

Project Year

2021   

Project Number

TPT 03 2021A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

TPT 03 2021A 

Project Title

Promoting Safety for Dangerous Goods Transportation in APEC Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Connectivity 

Project Year

2021 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

51,000 

Co-funding Amount

20,000 

Total Project Value

71,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Transportation Working Group (TPTWG) 

Topics

Transportation 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Thailand 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Malaysia; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/04/2022 

Expected Completion Date

31/03/2023 

Project Proponent Name 1

Theerakarn Suriyakul Na Ayhdhaya 

Job Title 1

Director, Research and Organisation Development Section, Corporate Strategy Department 

Organization 1

Port Authority of Thailand 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

(66-2) 2695238 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

praew.rtr@gmail.com 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Theerakarn Suriyakul Na Ayhdhaya 

Project Summary

There were several reports of accidents caused by Dangerous Goods (DGs) handling in ports worldwide. These accidents rose from an inadequacy of labor skills and knowledge, inefficient legal framework/regulation for DGs transportation, and ineffective emergency response plans.

This project aims to review the standards of DGs in maritime transportation, to enhance the APEC-economies to understand, share best practices, and improve the DGs management and plan in APEC’s ports. It will provide substantial knowledge, guidelines or plans on DGs management, technology introduction and implementation, enabling participating economies to improve their DGs practice/regulations, prevent and mitigate DGs incidents/accidents in their economies through a 2-day Hybrid Course (Thailand, November 2022). This will ensure smooth and safety of DGs transport systems as well as environmental protection across the APEC-region. All experts from public and private sectors and international organizations are invited to share their knowledge and experiences on handling DGs in ports. Female participants are preferable.

Relevance

Relevance – Region: In recent years, the number of fires on board large vessels and ports caused by Dangerous Goods (DGs) has increased. In 2019, there was a record 40 of cargo-related fires on board, and later in 2020, it was increased to reach the highest rate in 4 years including the case of fires on board in the port of Jacksonville, Florida. Moreover, there were huge explosions caused by DGs in APEC's Port namely Tianjin Port (China) and Port Neches (USA) in 2015 and 2019 respectively. The impacts of the fire, explosions, and other emergencies not only affect lives, health, property, and economy but also harm the environment. These accidents rose from an inadequacy of labor skills and knowledge on DGs management, inefficient legal framework/regulation for DGs transportation, as well as ineffective emergency response plans especially in APEC developing economies. The volume of DGs shipment is continuously increased every year particularly during the COVID-19 outbreak. As shipping DGs requires special and complex regulations, thus to merge technology and the transport of dangerous goods is their compatibility with other important and vital parts of the process. Facing these challenges, this project aims to review the trend of DGs in the region and the standards of DGs in maritime transportation which is hazardous substances in containers, in accordance with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code (IMDG Code) as stipulated by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which are classified into 9 different classes such as Ammonium etc. in order to enhance the APEC member economies especially for involving authorities and policymakers to understand, share knowledge, information and best practices, and improve the DGs management and plan in APEC’s ports. The capacity building on DGs will address the existing problems, prevent and mitigate incidents/accidents in the regional level in order to ensure smooth and safety of DGs transport systems as well as environmental protection across the APEC region. 

Relevance – Eligibility and Fund Priorities: This project will promote the development of knowledge on DGs management and develop efficient legal framework/regulation of DGs, as well as an effective plan for the maritime community in the region especially in developing economies. This project will help APEC economies to ensure their safe operations and minimize a severe impact from DGs incidents as well as fostering efficient flows of DGs in maritime sector. It, therefore, meets the Connectivity Sub-Fund - by facilitating the efficient and effective DGs operations in maritime transportation, improving regulatory coherence and the international interoperability and harmonization of local policies with international standards (IMDG code), and by sharing best practices and developing capacity building that is consistent with the principles and targets set by the APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025. 

Relevance – Capacity Building: This project encourages APEC member economies, especially developing economies such as ASEAN economies etc. to be aware of the impact caused by DGs, develop knowledge and skills to handle and manage DGs effectively by better understanding regulation and classification of DGs and operation (Stowage and Segregation etc.) through a two-day Hybrid Capacity Building Course. The GAP analysis for existing DGs management will be conducted including regulation, operation, and technology perspectives. A guideline or concrete plan for the region will be laid down including how to handle and storage the DGs in APEC ports, and the information about special requirements and contact information in the event of an incident and fire precautions involving dangerous goods.

Objectives

To achieve the APEC and TPT-WG goals through providing capacity building and enhancing safe handling, storage and transportation, this project aims to review the trend and standards of DGs in maritime and to enhance the APEC economies to understand, share the knowledge, information and best practices, and improve the DGs management and plan in APEC’s ports complying with international standards in order to prevent and mitigate the impact of DGs and to ensure secure transportation as well as sustainable growth of APEC through productive collaboration among economies.

Alignment

Alignment - APEC:  The key purposes are to provide technical cooperation and assistance, as well as to build capacity through the sharing of knowledge and information on maritime policy among the APEC Region.

This project objective is the same as the Vision of APEC Connectivity Blueprint for 2015-2025 with regard to accelerating and encouraging balanced, secure, sustainable, and inclusive growth, as well as connecting growth poles in the region and bringing APEC closer together as a community. Moreover, it will help facilitate the efficient and effective operation of maritime transportation and shipments. In line with New Zealand’s priority, APEC ensures that goods, services, investments and people move easily across borders.

The goal of the project is in complement with the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040 which aims to ensure that the region is resilient to crisis, pandemics, and other emergencies, and intensify inclusive human resource development as well as economic and technical cooperation to better equip people with the skills and knowledge for the future. It will promote economic policies, cooperation, and growth, which support global efforts to address all environmental challenges.

Alignment – Forum: The project aligns with the APEC goals to the efficient and safe transportation of goods and people in the region and the objective of the TPT-WG to enhance the safety of APEC transport systems to encourage economic development. Also, it aims to balance security, safety, and environmental requirements with trade facilitation. Moreover, this project supports gender equity by encouraging women's participation. The project also responds to the aim of the TPT-WG’s Proposed Work Plan for 2020 to strengthen the cross-fora collaboration with relevant international organizations such as APEC Port Services Network (APSN), ASEAN Ports Association (APA), ASEAN Maritime Transport Working Group Meeting (MTWG), IMO and International Chamber of Shipping etc.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outputs:  

1) A two-day Hybrid Capacity Building Course (Phuket, Thailand, November 2022) is designed for exchanging information, knowledge and skills to handle and manage DGs and exposure to best practices of DGs operation from participants as well as conducting GAP analysis and a guideline for region.

a) 40 participants (including 22 travel-eligible, 3 speakers and relevant organizations from public and private sectors)

b) Capacity Building Course plan

i. Conduct a needs assessment to match the Capacity Building Course and the needs of participants. The organizing team will be formed to conduct a need assessment questionnaire which will be divided into 2 parts;1) Organizational part: to survey the organization management such as the existing DGs management and plans of their port and 2) Individual part: to survey responsibilities, skills and work experience of the participants and what they expect from the Course, which will be answered by APEC economies via email.

ii. Reviewing the trends of DGs, DGs standards, implementation for carriage and storage of DGs by speakers

iii. Sharing knowledge, information and best practices on the DGs management from the participants

iv. Conducting a workshop on GAP analysis of DGs, and establishing a guideline or plans on DGs management for the region. 

A tentative timetable is shown below. This course is divided into 2 sessions, which are personnel training and workshop session. The organizing team will collaborate with Co-sponsored economies, and speakers to develop  specific topics and finalize a detailed program for the Course as well as to monitor the COVID-19 situation and establish the traveling contingency plan for travel-eligible participants which will be explained in the invitation letter and submitted to participant [at least/no later than] 2(two) months before the Course. 

Date

Content

Session

1st day

Personnel Training: review the trends and standard of DGs, legal framework/regulation, and plans for carriage and storage of DGs in the region as well as available technology for DGs management which will allow the participants from public and private sectors to share their best practices and new approaches of the DGs management.

09.00-12.00: Presentation on IMDG code, regulation and classification of DGs by speakers

13.00-16.30: Best practices of DGs management from physical participants.

2nd day

Workshop: discuss DGs management and implementation, analyze the GAP analysis of DGs, and establish a guideline/plans of DGs management for APEC region

09.00-12.00: Best practices of DGs management from virtual participants.

13.00-16.30:  Workshop will be brake out into 3-4 groups including virtual participants. The speakers will facilitate group discussions that helps creating  the draft of a guideline/plans.

Due to the time zone difference, the virtual participants will attend the morning session. However, they are also welcome to join the afternoon session. It is very effective and useful, through workshop sessions, to share knowledge and experiences among participants, and to discuss on DGs management and implementation of their ports as well as the plans they have in each economy. 

2) A Summary Report to be produced as an APEC publication will be disseminated to all participants and APEC’s economies and other fora for future reference

a) A Summary Report including discussions, presentations and a guideline/plans on DGs management. It will be mentioned on the current situation of the DGs in APEC, the study on DGs implementation, and emergency response plans which could be used as a single guideline for the APEC region. The target audience will be maritime authorities especially port executives and technical officials who in charge of DGs.

b)  Present a Summary Report to the TPT-WG and other fora

c)  Publish a Summary Report online by APEC and the Government of Thailand’s website

d) The Report will be not exceed 50 pages including Introduction, Overview of DGs in APEC, Lesson learnt on DGs management, Guidelines/Plans for APEC, and Conclusion (including a result of output and outcome, feedback of participants and the needs assessment etc.) 

Outcomes:      

1. Deeper understanding and knowledge of DGs management in the maritime sector are gained and recognized by the participants which leads to the improvement of the DGs management and plan in APEC’s ports in compliance with international standards

2. Best practices on DGs management from participates are identified and complied in order to measure and compare their implementation of DG with other economies for future improvement of their economies

3. A guideline and plan on DGs management for the region is established in order to help economies to prevent and mitigate the impact of DGs, ensuring secure transportation.

The outcomes of this project will be beneficial for all APEC member economies both government and private sectors in the relevant maritime industry of developed and developing economies such as ASEAN economies etc. Moreover, The participant will be requested to fill an evaluation form to assess the course and asked to provide updates of their implementation on DGs at the upcoming TPT-WG meeting. 

Beneficiaries: The maritime authorities that are in charge of the development and/or enforcement of maritime laws and regulations, port authorities and private operators, as well as officials in charge of DGs aspects will directly gain fruitful knowledge from the course. 

Speakers will be invited from APEC member economies both government and private sectors, including maritime institute and industry sector, as well as the cross-fora collaboration with relevant international organizations such as IMO, etc. who are experts on DG’s standard and management. This will be beneficial for the participants to learn and share knowledge and practices with the holistic perspective to maritime community. 

Representatives from all APEC member economies, both government and private sectors in the relevant maritime industry of developed and developing economies are invited to participate in this project as well as non-APEC member economies also welcomed. The selection criteria for participants will be based on professional background on DGs, industry/enterprise (focusing on public sector), and gender which will be requested in the invitation letter. 

The Female participants are particularly preferable in order to support female to gain experience in DG management and will improve their capacity to better understand and be involved in policy making to promote the delivery of sound and stable maritime policy. This would further promote the already growing number of women leaders/entrepreneurs. 

A summary report, presentations, and other materials from the course will be disseminated to all participants for future reference and sharing with their colleagues.

Dissemination

The result of the project will be shared with APEC members at the next TPTWG meeting and submitted as an APEC publication according to the APEC Publications standards. The electronic summary report, presentations, and other materials from the Course will be disseminated to all participants for future reference via APEC website and the government of Thailand’s website (http://www.port.co.th/). Also the hard copies of those documents are available.

The target audience are personnel and all stakeholders in the maritime industry handling DGs in APEC and non-APEC fora.

Gender

Targets

Female Participants (%)

40%

Female Speakers/Experts (%)

30%

Both male and female can be involved in and benefit from this project. Moreover, Thailand places the importance of promoting gender equality and women empowerment in the maritime sector. Female participation as both speakers and participants to the Course will be encouraged based on the highest efficiency of the project, therefore, female will be prioritized to be invited as speakers and participants. The target is set to reach at least 40% of female participants and at least 30% of female speakers.

The PO is committed to collecting sex disaggregated data for all speakers and participants at the project event. Upon completion of the project, this data will be included when submitting a Completion Report to the Secretariat as well as providing guidance to future POs on their own gender parity targets. This data will be used to ensure compliance with the project’s gender targets at the conclusion of the project, with performance data shared with the APEC members.

      Referring to the Guide on Gender Criteria for APEC Project Proposals in the Guidebook on APEC Projects, please tick the pillar or pillars that this project supports, in promoting women’s economic empowerment:

5 Pillars (you may tick more than one)

1

Access to Capital and Assets

2

Access to Markets

3

Skills, Capacity Building, and Health

4

Leadership, Voice and Agency

5

Innovation and Technology


Work Plan

The main stages of the project implementation are as below

Time

Tasks

Deliverables

April 2022

Establish the organizing team

Preparation and coordination of the capacity building course (Conduct a Needs Assessment)

The organizing team

Needs Assessment

May 2022

Develop the specific plan for organizing the hybrid workshop

Develop the Agenda

Seek comments from the co-sponsored economies and speakers on the Agenda

Draft of organizing plan

The Agenda

June 2022

Plan the organizing plan including selecting meeting venue and site visit

Develop the survey form/evaluation form for the project

Finalised organizing plan

The survey form/ evaluation form

September 2022

Send invitation to economies and relevant forum for nomination of speakers and participants

General Information Circular for nomination of speakers and participants

1 October 2022

Submit the APEC Project Monitoring Report

APEC Project Monitoring Report

November 2022

Conduct the capacity building course (2 days)

Disseminate post-event evaluation survey to participants, collate results

Hybrid capacity building course implemented

Survey implemented

January 2023 - March 2023

Submit the Summary Report to the APEC Secretariat for review and approval for publication

Submit the approved Summary Report to TPT-WG forum for endorsement

Publishing the Summary Report

Endorsed Summary Report

31 March 2023

Project Completion Date

31 May 2023

Submit APEC Project Completion Report and supporting documents to the Secretariat

APEC Project Completion Report

6-12 months after project completion

Participate in the Long Term Evaluation Survey of APEC Projects (LTEAP) conducted by APEC Secretariat

Risks

Risk

Measures to Reduce Risks

1. Number of participants are below the target.

Considering that this Course will be held in a hybrid format, one of possible risks might be the number of participants does not meet the target.

The PO will work closely with APEC member economies and stakeholders to encourage sending delegations to participate in the course, especially from developing economies.

The invitations will also be sent through Non-APEC fora including APSN, APA, and MTWG etc. For the host economy, the course is free and open to the business sector including business associations; apart from officials from the government and local authorities.

2. Missing the target of women’s participation

The target set for women’s participation in this Project is at least 40% of female delegation and 30% of female speakers.

The PO will work closely with APEC member economies and stakeholders to encourage gender-balanced nomination of delegates. Special effort will be made to invite women as speakers and as participants

3. Possibility for scheduling conflicts with other APEC events

The PO shall contact APEC fora when checking for potential dates of the event in order to reduce the chance for scheduling conflicts.

4. The low quality summary report

The PO will be the key person to be in charge of developing the summary report. They will have two months to draft the summary report, including discussions, presentations and a guideline and plan of DGs for the region. Moreover, the draft summary report will be circulated among speakers and participants, and TPT-WG for further comments to revise before endorsed.


Monitoring and Evaluation

The participants will be requested to fill out the survey form and an evaluation form to assess the capacity building course by email or google form. The evaluation form will cover the substance and relevance of the Course, the presentations by speakers, gender issue, and overall organization, as well as overall impact and recommendations for improvements and/or future activities. The methodology will be mainly of a qualitative type that allows evaluating the development of the Course. The following indicators will be used to measure progress towards the Project outcomes and outputs:

Table: Evaluation indicators for Project Outputs:

Outputs

indicators

Target Goals

A two-day Hybrid Capacity Building Course

Number of participating economies

Minimum 8 participating economies

Number of delegates both APEC and non APEC

Minimum 25 delegation

% of participating men/women (excl. speakers/experts)

60/40

% of speakers/experts (men/women)

70/30

A Summary Report

No. of pages

not exceed 50 pages

Submission to the Secretariat

1 January 2023


Table: Evaluation indicators for Project Outcomes:

Outcomes

indicators

Target Goals

Deeper understanding and knowledge of DGs management

% of participants gained an in-depth understanding of DGs management, or recognizing the importance of DGs management

75%

Developing APEC economies report substantial knowledge increase

25%

Women report substantial knowledge increase

30%

Best practices on DGs management

The number of best practices on DGs in APEC

Minimum 8 best practices from participating economies

A guideline/plan on DGs management for the region

the number of economies that contribute to, endorse or implement the guideline/plans

Minimum 4 economies using or implementing the guideline/plans

Feedback from participants will be a part of the final summary report of this course that includes the products and final results as the proposed indicators, and it will be reported and discussed at the following TPT-WG meeting.  In addition, it will be uploaded to the APEC’s and Government of Thailand’s website after the event.


Linkages

TPT-WG has recognized the necessity of the capacity building program and its importance for enhancing the safety of APEC transport systems to encourage economic development. Moreover, APSN, APA, MTWG, IMO and other international organizations will be asked for cooperation on implementing the project. This project will be complied with the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code endorsed by IMO.

This project will utilize the previous reports related to DGs but there will be no duplications of project content. The purpose of the project is mainly focused on the analysis of existing DGs management and concrete a guideline and plan to improve the DG transportation in order to prevent and mitigate incidents/accidents caused by DGs in regional level.

The project supports the TPT-WG’s ongoing Women in Transportation (WiT) initiative. Education is the first step of preparing women to join the transport labor force. Education is identified to be one of the five most influential areas for APEC member economies to increase women’s representation in transportation jobs.

Sustainability

Following the Course, participants are expected to have more in-depth knowledge on DGs standards and management which will be a guideline to improve the DGs practice/regulation, and implement state of the art technology to improve for DGs management, especially in APEC developing economies in order to prevent and mitigate DGs incidents/accidents in their economies. This will also to ensure smooth and safety of DGs transport systems as well as environmental protection across the APEC region. Moreover, we will conduct a survey via email prior to LTEAP in order to observe the implementation of  the guideline/plans among participating economies and report such to the TPT-WG meeting.

The summary report including discussions, presentations and guideline/plans will help the APEC economies, especially in developing economies to ensure their safe operations and minimize a severe impact from DGs incidents. The result of project will be posted on the APEC website and government of Thailand’s website for all APEC economies to access and benefit from it. Moreover, it will also be made available for future projects of APEC.

The PO will ensure that the result of the project will be presented to TPT-WG meeting and other forums such as APSN, APA, MTWG etc., while the participants are encouraged to share knowledge, experiences and lesson learned from this Course with their economies and report on progress at TPT-WG meetings.

The project will provide an opportunity to network with experts, policy/decision makers, and workers both public and private sectors who are related to DGs management. It will be encouraged that a cooperative network be formed among project participants to enable future of information exchange and further development of the outcomes of this project. Moreover, the lists and contact of participants will be shared for further questions and assistance.

Project Overseers

Ms. Theerakarn Suriyakul Na Ayudhaya, Director of Research and Organization Development Division, Corporate Strategy Department, Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) will be the project overseer of this project. She graduated with a master’s degree in Port Management from World Maritime University 2004. She has been working at the PAT for more than 20 years. In addition, she has over 8 years experience in environmental management in port and been involved in the management of international cooperation projects for more than 9 years.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Not Applicable.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

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