The Standard Club has always seen the prevention of claims to be as important as efforts to mitigate or learn from claims which have already occurred. In the spirit of prevention, the LP department has, for some time now, conducted a rolling program of initiatives targeting common root causes of claims. These initiatives vary greatly from information campaigns to cutting-edge research. Most initiatives involve external partners that lend their resources and expertise and also share The Standard Club’s commitment to achieving higher standards of safety for the maritime industry.
Whilst The Standard Club is not alone in the production of external initiatives, its body of work must count as one of the most diverse amongst the International Group of P&I clubs. The club's Safety and Loss Advisory Committees assist in this regard by analysing individual claims and claim trends with a view to developing prevention strategies and providing direction for the club’s loss prevention initiatives, articles and other activities.
Previous and current safety initiatives
Seafarer Wellbeing Poster Campaign
Seafarer wellbeing has been a focal topic for Standard Club's Loss Prevention team, particularly in recent years. Seafarer wellbeing is a holistic concept combining physical, mental, and social wellbeing. People often forget how mental and physical wellbeing are linked. You can only be as happy as you are healthy, in body and mind!
The club’s latest attempt to reach out to seafarers directly has seen the launch of an exciting new campaign based around a series of posters. Created with the purpose of gracing the walls of members’ ships, the posters focus on four topics considered to have the biggest impact on seafarer wellbeing, in the current times – healthy eating, fitness, mental wellbeing and socialisation. Building on the specific tips and prompts narrated on the posters, seafarers can access valuable advice on how they can look after the specific areas of their wellbeing by scanning the QR code on each poster. One poster set will be released each month. Collect the full set to promote a healthy and happy crew!
Find out more here.
IG Enclosed space entry safety video
The International Group of P&I Clubs have collaborated to produce a safety training animation that draws attention to the risk of entering enclosed spaces onboard ships without first taking preventive and protective measures. The safety animation highlights the importance of observing the statutory requirements described in SOLAS and compliance with best practice procedures onboard ships, to mitigate the risk of further unnecessary deaths.
Watch the video here.
FIDRA pilot ladder safety video
The Standard Club is working with long time collaborators FIDRA on another safety video for the maritime world. The aim was to develop a film-based resource designed to reduce the number of pilot transfers which are done in an unsafe, noncompliant manner. In the past the club has worked with FIDRA on the highly successful ‘Cyber Aware’ video. We look forward to contributing to the success of this equally important production.
Find out more here.
The Human Element
As with all complex machines, ships require humans to operate them. The Standard Club participated in a joint venture to gather research and insight into human error, why such errors occur and how to avoid them in the future. This research was the first of its kind focusing solely on the maritime industry and provides clear guidance on how to mitigate the failures of the human character which are the cause of so many accidents. Read more here.
The success of the book led to a further initiative to produce the Human Element movie in cooperation with Walport a leading distributor of safety instructional products. In 2017, the club supported the new book 'Being Human in Safety-Critical Organisations'. It delves more deeply into why humans make errors despite their training, and what safeguards can be put in place to minimise the risks.
This has also been developed into an excellent training DVD by Walport and Pukka films with input throughout the process by the Standard Club and representatives of the other consortium members. The film takes the concepts of the book and creates a realistic scenario to which seafarers and ship managers can relate. It follows a fictional, but not uncommon, set of circumstances that lead to the grounding of a vessel. It examines how the negative aspects affected those involved and how easily small changes in behaviour could have been made to alter these into positive aspects, thereby avoiding the incident.
Find out more about the book here.
CHIRP video maritime feedback bulletins
Between 2016 and 2018 we were proud to collaborate with the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) and sponsor the production of quarterly video maritime feedback bulletins which are released on a quarterly basis and available to download. This approach to hazardous incident reporting is designed to provide even easier access to the lessons learned by CHIRP, in a communication medium and format that is commonly used by its target audience. CHIRP works to retain information regarding incidents or near-misses and then distributes this knowledge to assist others to learn from these experiences.
More information and links to the videos are available here.
Spot the Hazard Competition
The ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition was created in conjunction with the
International Chamber of Shipping, was open to all serving seafarers (not shore-based staff) and was designed to promote hazard awareness as a means of reducing the toll of easily preventable accidents. To take part, a seafarer was required to visit the competition website and use the downloadable
forms to identify hazards. There were five posters to cover the key hazardous areas, including the galley, bridge, engine room, main deck and shore terminal. In addition, entrants were required to invent an idea designed to enhance safety on board ships. With US$2,000 dollars on offer per poster a seafarer had the opportunity of winning up to US$10,000. The competition closed on 28 August 2015 and information about the results, along with the corrected posters, is here.
The Standard Club has been aware of a growing trend whereby seafarers suffering from a medical condition which makes them unfit to serve at sea, have been obtaining medical certification which enables them to find employment on members' vessels. In many cases these medical conditions directly contribute to the occurrence of a claim, either by causing an accident or because of the need to repatriate and replace a sick crew member. To combat this trend, The Standard Club, along with Marine Advisory Medical Service (MAMS), have developed The Standard Club’s enhanced pre-employment medical (PEME) scheme. The scheme consists of a number of accredited clinics, which are closely monitored to ensure that PEME certificates are only issued to seafarers who are fit to serve at sea. Further information, together with the list of approved clinics can be found on our dedicated PEME page.