More capricious weather: time to expect the unexpected, warns TT Club
In addition to large-scale disasters, such as in Vancouver recently, the increasing frequency of extreme weather events due to climate change translates into an increasing level of risk for freight, says insurer TT Club.
Cargo handling facilities in the tropics understand well the risk of hurricanes and cyclones, for example, but as Mike Yarwood, loss prevention manager at TT Club MD explained, The charging star, the abnormal weather begins to affect the areas where it was not expected.
âThe underlying data shows that these types of microbursts of wind and storm surges occur more frequently in less obvious places,â he said.
In Texas, for example, no infrastructure was prepared for this year’s severe cold snap that froze energy grids, cut off power to residents and left many without power, heat or supplies.
A TT Club report released last week shows “isolated severe weather events” causing ever greater damage, with some 74% of cases involving property damage from strong winds and microbursts, and 13% being damage wet, largely attributed to flooding.
The report found that the maritime sector accounted for 65% of reported complaints, but Mr Yarwood said they were not necessarily vessels at sea. He believes that terminals which are generally less exposed to storms do not have plan for securing their quayside cranes, for example.
âMost of the time, the risk is on the periphery of the maritime mode – ports, docks, warehouses. There are practical risk mitigation measures that can be taken, but this requires that the risks be taken into account. A stack of five deep containers is more likely to tip over than a pyramid stack, for example – it can take up more room, but will be safer.
“In some places you might come to the conclusion that the risk is not that high, but these places are less and less.”
He added: âThe vast majority of [maritime] the operations will have been carried out with a sort of risk assessment. But these are done every two years – and they prepare very little for events that happen, say, once every 50 years. The message we are trying to get across is that this frequency is decreasing. “