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Safety Management: How to define and measure KPIs effectively

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.

Lessons learned: Fatal fall of crew from tween deck onto cargo hold

The Hong Kong Marine Department issued a shipping information note to draw operators’ attention on lessons learned from a recent fatality onboard. When a Hong Kong registered general cargo ship was sailing at sea, the bosun of the vessel fell from tween deck onto the cargo hold bottom resulting in his death. 

Safety Management: How post-incident reviews can be a useful tool

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.

Padre bulk carrier detention: Crew not scared to speak about their safety

In January 2008, three crew members of the Liberian-flagged bulk carrier ‘Padre’ told a local seafarer’s charity that they feared for their safety onboard. Thorough inspection shortly after identified key safety issues and the ship was detained immediately, while ISM certification was withdrawn.

Improper safety management attributed to fatal motorboat sinking

DMAIB has issued an investigation report on the sinking of the small German motorboat RIGI, in Faxe Bay, Denmark, about 1 nm from shore. The investigation showed that the choice of boat, its equipment, its operation, and its manning influenced the events on the day of the accident. 

Several RMI-flagged ships detained in US in 2019, SMS key cause

The US Coast Guard has detained several Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI)-flagged ships operating in the US during the first quarter of 2019, for purportedly failing to follow, or fully implement, a Safety Management System (SMS), the RMI announced. 

Viking Islay enclosed space fatalities: Rescuers becoming victims

It has been almost 12 years since the enclosed space fatality incident onboard the ERRV vessel Viking Islay off UK that shocked shipping community as three men died successively trying to rescue one another. Enclosed space entry has been over the years the hidden enemy for crews.

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