New Alert! On Fitting Seafarers

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Jan 032013
The right seafarer for the job

The right seafarer for the job

Nobody would think of fitting incompatible equipment or machinery into a ship, so why not take exactly the same care when recruiting, hiring, training and retaining seafarers? Asks Alert!, the International Maritime
Human Element Bulletin, in its latest issue.

Getting things wrong can be catastrophic, as shown by a case study which tracks a serious injury to a seafarer, illustrating his lack of appropriate training and competence when asked to undertake tasks beyond his skills.

Earlier issues of Alert! highlighted the importance of experience, competence, best design, a safe and secure working environment, fair terms of employment and leadership. These issues are now brought together to show the importance of the interaction of people with other individuals, ships, systems and machinery.

The bulletin shows how crucial it is to attract and retain talent and details key performance indicators to demonstrate how companies can measure management performance in dealing with the human element. It points out that matching people with their ships is a serious and complex matter that should not be taken lightly.

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Designers Should Take Pity On Seafarers

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Sep 072010

imageWhatever amazing innovations ship designers might come up with, in the end it is seafarers who will have to take those ships to sea and make the designs work. So among all the complex and often contradictory criteria which are in the forefront of designers’ minds as they plan the dimensions, draught, capacity and speed of a ship, there should be an over-riding requirement for the design to be ‘human centred’.

Issue 24 of the International Maritime Human Element Bulletin Alert! points out that both naval architects and system designers need to keep in touch with those who work and live aboard ships. In this way they can properly determine whether what they produce is indeed usable by those who will have to use it. The human being needs to be properly integrated in the design process, which will require designers to consult with seafarers, obtain adequate feedback to learn lessons from previous designs and to use this information constructively to produce better ships and equipment.

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Be Alert For Straps And Strops

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May 232010

Look for damage - the life you save might be your buddy's

This flash,from Marine Safety Forum is to raise awareness for Installation personnel and vessel crews to ensure that all lifts are  inspected at each stage of the journey.

Recently an AB on board an OSV observed a damaged strop as he went to unhook a mud skip that had been backloaded from the Installation.
The damage was very close to the master link and the strop had obviously been crushed or pinched at some point. Unfortunately it could not be determined when & where the damage occurred.

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Human Error – Looking Corporate

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May 012010


Currently the term  ‘human error’ is being bandied about with regard to the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe so the latest issue of International Human Element Bulletin Alert! is rather timely in covering the often-ignored corporate area of the human element.

“Human error may well have started at the procurement or chartering stage – if little consideration has been given to ensuring that the ship and its crew are really ‘fit for purpose’, or indeed, if that ship is ‘“fit for the crew’” says HE Alert!

“Corporate Social Responsibilities have become one of the mantras of our age, a measure of an organisation’s willingness to take proper account of the health, safety and welfare of its employees. But we have also become aware of the fact that these responsibilities are shared between direct employers and also all those who have an interest in the proceedings – the ‘stakeholders’, as they have become identified.”

Human Element Alert! looks at shared responsibilities and show that all these links in the chain of responsibility are important, and need to be considered. Safe, sustainable and dependable shipping depends upon all those interests considering their own contribution to the end result. It is not much use the operations department doing their job, if they are being undermined by the financial rug being pulled from under them, or the owners’ efforts being hazarded by ignorant or unscrupulous charterers.

Contributors like Lloyd’s Register’s Richard Sadler, suggests that those at the top in our industry have an obligation to improve the social conditions of seafarers, and Anglo-Eastern’s Captain Pradeep Chawla, argues for a more realistic attitude to costs. Clay Maitland urges a ‘climate of inclusion’ for seafarers. There are contributions from all the links in the chain of maritime responsibility. The Alert! centrefold summarises the responsibilities which those in the financial, underwriting, P&I, broking and chartering communities need to remember as they undertake their specialist work.

Says HE Alert! “We need to consider these shared responsibilities and recognise that CSR is a lot more than producing some nice words on a policy document.”

The PDF version of Issue 22 of the Alert! Bulletin is now available for download from:!_23.pdf