Sunday, April 18, 2021

Need for no blame culture as logistics firms, Vivo banned after HKIA fire

As an increasing number of airlines announcing embargoes on Vivo and logistics companies involved in the fire at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA), air cargo dangerous goods experts and consultants want to have a no-blame culture and called the ban on logistics companies as harsh. 

Paul Horner, managing director, Dangerous Goods Safety Group UK, said, “Placing embargoes on logistics companies each time we have an incident is maybe a bit harsh. Aviation safety should operate a “no blame culture” where we treat incidents as an opportunity to improve.”

On Sunday, April 11, 2021, one of the three air cargo pallets with Vivo Y20 smartphones and related accessories due to be shipped to Bangkok caught fire on the tarmac of HKIA before loading to an Airbus A330-200F aircraft with flight number RH331 of Hong Kong Airlines' subsidiary Hong Kong Air Cargo. The fire was later spread to the other two pallets as well. 

Hong Kong Air Cargo immediately imposed an embargo on all shipments of Chinese smartphone manufacturer Vivo and the freight forwarders CargoLink Logistics HK and Sky Pacific Logistics HK. Carriers like SpiceJet, GoAir, Garuda, IAG Cargo, Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo also announced a ban on shipments of Vivo.  

17/04/21 Libin Chacko Kurian/STAT Times

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