Our special column asked from the winners of the first SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, which were announced in early November on the sidelines of EUROPORT, to assess the safety status of the shipping industry and suggest ways to move forward and change the path toward a safer working environment onboard and ashore.
If you could change one thing that would have an either profound or immediate impact on safety performance across the industry, what this one thing would it be and why?
Bill Truelove Managing director, CSMART
Doing everything possible to continue creating a strong safety culture. It is important every seafarer to feel confident to speak up when things go wrong and share feedback. We are making progress but we have a long way to go.
Astrid Drent, Member of InterManager Executive Board
The most important thing is to create safety culture in your company; for that, it has to be part of the core values, so it is not only a department responsible but the whole organization must be involved in the process.
Capt. Floris van Gessel, NAUTIS Product Manager, VSTEP Simulation
Mr. Sergei Kravchenko, Deputy Technical Director, Tallinn Shipyard (Member of BLRT Grupp)
Industry’s mindset with regards to safety implementation. Safety always comes first; but this has to start from the right mindset because the paper and procedures alone cannot guarantee a safe working environment for people onboard and ashore.
Above views were presented during a panel discussion at the award ceremony of first SAFETY4SEA – EUROPORT Awards, 7 November, Rotterdam.
The views presented hereabove are only those of the author and not necessarily those of SAFETY4SEA and are for information sharing and discussion purposes only.