The North of England P&I Club received the SAFETY4SEA Initiative Award, sponsored by Minerva Marine Inc, for launching SCORA which is an on-line Safety Culture Organisational Assessment tool, developed in collaboration with Green Jakobsen that provides an insight into any organisation’s capacity for safety. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: HiLo Maritime Risk Management, Mission to Seafarers, UK Chamber of Shipping and UK P&I Club.

Presenting the award Mr. Stergios Papangelis, Insurance Manager, Minerva Marine, said “Congratulations to North of England P&I Club for their initiative and safety culture, providing an insight into any organisation’s capacity for safety, which is the ability to enhance safe work processes and safe behaviours. This is another step towards making our industry more technologically advanced, creating a sustainably safer working environment for mariners and crew on board. 

Accepting the award on behalf of The North of England P&I Club, Mr. Savraj Mehta, Chief Commercial Officer, stated: ‘’The idea for SCORA grew directly from the interaction between North’s Loss prevention department and our ship owner members. We noticed that often members are aware of potential weaknesses in how operational safety was managed within their organisation but had no proactive way to check whether their awareness was correct. Instead lagging indicators such as LTIFs were used.’’

Launched in March 2019, SCORA is North Club’s initiative developed in conjunction with Green-Jakobsen. SCORA stands for Safety Culture Organisational Assessment and is a tool that enables operators to measure their organizational capacity for safety, both onboard and ashore. SCORA uses a specially designed, easily accessible online survey to assess the safety maturity of vessel operators across five key safety areas:  Safety Leadership; Health & Wellbeing; Risk Management; Learning & Development; Safety Reporting. How SCORA works: A report is produced providing an overview of the organisational safety capacity in the five key areas. Then a score is awarded for each key area, along with recommendations on how to maintain or improve performance. The report can then promote discussions and stimulate ideas for safety improvements. By identifying and prioritising improvements, companies can focus their efforts effectively. Completing the survey periodically provides an indicator of progress and the effectiveness of implemented improvements over time. SCORA is part of North’s Safety Management 2.0 initiative, which focuses on a more person-centric approach to safety.

The North of England P&I Club attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SAFETY4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for Excellence, Sustainability, Training, Technology, Initiative and Leadership. Other winners of the 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards are: Alpha Bulkers Shipmanagement Inc. for the Dry Bulk Operator Award, Springfield Shipping Co. for the Tanker Operator Award, Sustainable Shipping Initiative for the Initiative Award, Metropolitan College/ Warshash Maritime Academy for the Training Award, Synergy Group for the Technology Award, Mr. Dimitrios Fafalios, INTERCARGO for the Leadership Award and Dr. Sadan Kaptanoglu, BIMCO for the Personality award.


Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2019 SAFETY4SEA Awards at