Eradicating maritime casualties remains a top priority for the shipping industry which is struggling to keep fatality and injury rates at low figures. A shipping casualty can bring loss of life, cause irreversible injuries, destroy an ecosystem, lead to major cost claims and damage reputation. The only way to avoid all these is to prevent the accident itself.
Key Performance Indicators, or KPIs, are measurable indexes that demonstrate how effectively each organization is achieving its key business objectives. At the same time, they provide a clear picture of organization’s performance and detect any inadequacies/ failures, showing the pathway for essential improvements in future.
Cyprus’ Marine Accident Investigation Committee (MAIC) announced that the investigation of the man overboard fatality from the container ship ‘Elb Trader’ in the Port of Dublin, South Ireland, in January 2018 is still ongoing. France, Cyprus, Italy and Tunisia are jointly involved in the investigation.
When at sea, numerous of safety events often make their appearance either due to wrong decisions or bad manipulations. In essence, post-incident reviews or in other words, incident investigations, may be used as lessons learned to highlight what went wrong and what should have been done to prevent same failures in future.
Safety surveys are an effective way for all organizations to obtain a complete picture of day-to-day work and safety practices. These are surveys which are being conducted regularly across all personnel to detect unsafe conditions due to unsafe and unauthorized activities.
In the latest publication of its ‘Lessons Learned’ series, the UK P&I Club described a serious eye injury of a crew member while securing a tow. The Club noted that three crew members were probably not enough to safely manage an operation of this nature.
New technologies are rapidly entering the inspection era, adhering to the contextually digital transformation trends, while major classification societies are embracing the so-called Remote Inspection Techniques for class surveys. For those wondering the reasons why, safer and less intrusive surveys is the answer!
ABS Group launched Cultural Cause Analysis (CCA), a next-gen root cause analysis methodology and risk management tool which maps process safety incidents aiming to eliminate cultural hazards. It could be used as a way better understand the culture disease pathology that may be affecting a company and how best to return to good process safety health.
JTSB issued an investigation report on a crew member fatal fall onboard the cargo ship ‘Erik’, in September 2018. The investigation stressed that the crew was working in unstable posture on the ladder and that the company was insufficient in monitoring that crew members clearly understood Ladder guidelines.
In the latest issue of ‘The Navigator’, a publication by The Nautical Institute, David Patraiko FNI, Director of Projects highlights that navigation assessment is of a great importance as accidents still happen.
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