Mar 282010

Somewhat overlooked  in reports on the MAIB investigation into the Saetta/Conger investigation is a statement that makes for depressing reading, at least for those concerned with safety:

“Accident data provided by FCM (Fender Care Marine) showed that of its 2688 STS operations carried out worldwide in 2008, there were 6 collisions and 5 near misses reported. In 2009, up until the end of August, of its 2260 STS operations carried out worldwide, 6 collisions and 6 near misses were reported. Through its membership of Intertanko, FCM, along with the oil majors, attempted to establish a global database of accidents during STS transfers. However, the database was not populated by other service providers, and was discontinued.”

FCM, evidently takes safety seriously. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the rest of the industry isn’t bothered about safety. Transparent information is vital to determining how best to prevent accidents and sharing information doubly so.

This is simply unacceptable. As we have seen in the lifeboat industry, self-regulation doesn’t work in the maritime domain and here we have another example of companies who do not take seriously their responsibilities to their crews, their ships or their shareholders.


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