Enhancing QHSE awareness and fostering improvement
Over 200 delegates representing more than 120 companies attended the inaugural Safety4Sea NON Profit, PRO Bono event organised by IBS Marine Consulting Group, sponsored by Lloyds Register, Dorian Hellas and Transmar Shipping and supported by BIMCO and INTERMANAGER
The innovative full day event took place in Eugenides Foundation premises in Athens on Thuesday 5th of October 2010.
During forum opening Mr Apostolos Belokas, as the chairman of the forum outlined objectives including:
Enhance Safety Awareness
Promote Best Practices
Provide an effective platform for the exchange of ideas in the industry
Presentations were given in three sessions as follows :
Session 1 : Challenges faced so far
Capt. Panagiotis Nikiteas, Operations Manager, Newlead Shipping S.A. Operational challenges managing a Fleet of Bulkers and Tankers in today's regulatory environment
Capt. Panagiotis Nikiteas analysed through extensive/detailed real life examples analysis of basic activities of the ships such as Environmental pollution topics, ship's integrity, Safety Culture, Design handicaps, Drills, Hygiene Issues and Mooring operations, encompasses to the following objectives:
Vessel's operational success is directly linked to the level of safety management implementation ashore and onboard.
Investment on developing, updating and improving Safety management is in nowadays more than ever vital.
Safety Culture is not a cost center, but an earning center which minimizes losses and increases availability ratio of a ship.
Mr. Dimitrios Orfanos by analyzing the profile and Safety culture implementation both ashore and onboard the ships of Dorian Hellas mentioned the key of success of a shipping company based on the following points:
Safety Culture is mentality of Everything.
Proactiveness is a key element, instead of Reactiveness.
Top Management real Commitment is a very basic step which is best implemented onboard the ships through purchasing, procedures, maintenance, training and crew awareness.
Mr. Aron Frank S?rensen analyzed STCW main elements which dead with:
Minimum requirements on training, certification and watch keeping on an international level.
Recognition of certificates of foreign seafarers.
Also mentioned the Manila 2010 amendments regarding:
Improved measures to prevent fraudulent practices
Revised requirements on hours of rest and new drug and alchohol abuse regulations
New certification requirements for able seafarers
New requirements for Electro-technical officers
New requirements for training to keep up with development (ex. security, ECDIS and DP)
Revised training requirements for tankers
Finally he referred to the critical shortage of officers that is expected in the years to come, and the challenge of Ship owners to attract qualified and skilled seafarers able to confront the new shipping environment.
Mr Michael Sigalas, ILO Senior Specialist, Hellenic Lloyds ILO Maritime Labour Convention
Mr. Michalis Sigalas analysed the importance of ILO Maritime Labour Convention which is one of the four major pillars of the maritime legislation as it is heavily affecting 90% of the global marine trade and 1.2 millions of Seafarers. The main objectives of the convention are:
Decent working and living conditions of the seafarers
Governments and ship owners commitment
Creation of Control and enforcement mechanisms
The achievement of convention main objectives comes through implementation of its basic titles as follows:
Minimum requirements for seafarers to work onboard.
Conditions of employment.
Accommodation, recreation facilities, food and catering.
Health protection, medical care, welfare and social security.
Agenda items discussed and there was a consensus on the following points:
No more regulations are required
We need more education to the market in order to implement properly existing regulations
The path towards self improvement and the implementation of best practices should be the core of a strategy aiming to safety beyond compliance
Forum successfully ended with discussion/feedback and participation from the audience.
Finally Forum Chairman, Apostolos Belokas of IBS Marine Consulting Group, on behalf of the organisers expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the sponsors, speakers and panellists for their excellent contribution towards forum objectives and also thanked the delegates for their participation.