AWO Announces Safety Program Compliance
The American Waterways Association (AWO), the national association for the tugboat, towboat and barge industry, announced the achievement of 100 percent compliance by its eligible members in the Responsible Carrier Program (RCP). AWO also reported it terminated 11 members for non-compliance with the program. The safety program is a requirement for membership in AWO, and a January 1, 2000 deadline had been set for members companies to achieve an AWO-certified, third-party audit or forfeit membership. The terminations result in a loss of more than $30,000 in revenue to AWO. The RCP is an award-winning, USCG-recognized safety and environmental protection program developed by AWO for barge and towing companies.
Lockport New Construction Reaches Safety Milestone
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Lockport New Construction facility has worked 3 million man-hours without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top while empowering all employees to demand safe production, Bollinger Shipyards strives for zero accidents. Workforce, contractors, and customer safety is priority and an evident core component of facility operations. Through dedication of top management, a proactive workforce, and a comprehensive safety program, Bollinger Shipyards continues to achieve high safety objectives.
Admiral Allen Unveils Marine Safety Performance Plan
U.S. Coast Guard Commandant, Adm. Thad Allen, will unveil the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Performance Plan during a speech to members of 's maritime industry. The Coast Guard is making its five-year plan available for public comment via its "Homeport" Internet site following Thursday's event for a period of 60 days and welcomes input from the maritime industry, stakeholders, communities and others interested in the Coast Guard's Marine Safety Program. This action plan is designed to improve upon the service's marine safety program with the ultimate goal of a program that will be considerate and responsive to mariners and the maritime community with six areas of focus that include adding more than 230 marine inspectors and investigators…
Kings Bay Receives Highest OSHA Safety Rating
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) presented its highest rating for worker safety programs to Naval Submarine Base (NSB) Kings Bay during an all hands presentation held at the southeast Georgia submarine base April 19. Kings Bay received Star status -- the highest level a business entity can achieve in the Voluntary Protection Program (VPP). The strategic submarine base joins 1,600 other organizations in the United States who have achieved this status. According to OSHA, Kings Bay is the first Navy operational base to achieve this milestone; Naval Sea Systems Command shipyards in Puget Sound and Norfolk previously had been recognized in 2006 for their programs. OSHA area director for Savannah, John Deifer, stated the base is a model installation for others to follow.
Safety Program for Commercial Fishing Vessels
The Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) offers a maritime safety program specifically for commercial fishing vessels. “Since its inception, hundreds of boats and crew members have completed the program and the demand just keeps increasing,” said John O’Leary, maritime safety instructor for CMTI and the head of the safety and survival program. “In an industry that is already struggling, the program is becoming increasingly requested and thanks to the funding of the insurance companies, we can continue to grow and increase its numbers.” This program is offered by Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Company, Ltd through Brown and Brown Flagship in a joint effort to reduce casualties.
Goben Named First PVA Safety Award Recipient
Captain Richard Goben, Hornblower Events & Cruises, San Diego, CA has been awarded the Passenger Vessel Association and the Passenger Vessel Foundation’s first recipient of the Roger Murphy National Marine Safety Award. He was nominated by his employer, California-based Hornblower Events & Cruises. Goben was chosen over several other, well-qualified candidates by PVA's Safety & Security Committee. Ray Lyman, Chairman of the Safety Committee, believes that Goben's met all the qualifications the committee was looking for, and more importantly, "represents the attitude and commitment to safety that was the basis of Roger's philosophy when he founded the safety committee in 1990." The award is named after the late Roger Murphy…
Q&A on Offshore Safety
MarineNews: How long has your current safety training program been in place? Tom Knode: Halliburton Energy Services and its predecessor companies have conducted safety training for employees for at least the past three decades. MN: How much money is spent annually on the safety program? Knode: The safety program, including safety professionals, equipment, training, and auditing, runs into the tens of millions annually. MN: Is the program conducted in-house? Or are the employees sent to an off-site facility? Knode: The majority of safety training is conducted in-house. MN: If in-house, is the program taught by staff members? Or is a third party brought in for instruction? Knode: The training is primarily conducted by our training and safety professionals.
Puget Sound Shipyard Receives Navy's Top Safety Honor
Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter announced April 18 that the Northwest Regional Maintenance Center (NWRMC), Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS & IMF) won the Fiscal Year 2005 SECNAV Award for Achievement in Safety Ashore in the large industrial activity category. The annual award is presented to Navy and Marine Corps shore activities based on the overall quality of their Occupational Safety and Health Programs. “The significance of senior leadership’s role in promoting operational excellence through adherence to effective risk management and hazard reduction principles is made evident by the achievements of this year’s winners,” said Winter.
Bollinger Safety Program Achieves Milestones
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. continues to achieve safety milestones changing the culture of shipyard safety awareness at its US based facilities. In the last quarter, Bollinger facilities at Algiers and Lockport New Construction both surpassed one year without a lost time accident. Of the many program achievements this year, the Bollinger Fourchon facility reached 10 years without a LTA, and the Bollinger Marine Fabricators’ facility reached an impressive 2,750,000 man-hours worked without a LTA. Achieving these significant accomplishments reinforces Bollinger’s commitment to provide world-class performance levels in all aspects of compliance at its twelve (12) shipyard facilities.
Offshore Industry Leaders Invest Heavily In Safety Programs
The offshore oil industry market, by its very nature, is a challenging work environment that poses many safety hazards, particularly for individuals and companies which lack adequate safety training. Maritime Reporter & Engineering News sought the insight of two offshore industry leaders — Schlumberger and Halliburton — to discover how the industry leaders set the stage for a work environment that is safe for workers, equipment and investment. Note: Participants in the survey were Bruce Adams, the QHSE manager for Schlumberger Oilfield Services; and Tom Knode, the HSE Manager for the Business Development segment of Halliburton Energy Services. MR/EN: How long has your current safety training program been in place?
Q&A on Offshore Safety
MarineNews: How long has your current safety training program been in place? Bruce Adams: The current Schlumberger New Employee Safety Training program (NEST), was developed in 1991. This is a six day, intensive training course covering a variety of mandatory safety topics. In 1992, the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) recognized the program as the best overall training program in the offshore industry and awarded Schlumberger the NOIA "Safety in Seas" award for 1992. MN: How much money is spent annually on the safety program? Adams: The NEST program is part of a much more comprehensive safety effort in Schlumberger. From 1996 to 1998, the amount of money spent on safety by Schlumberger in the US alone increased from $12.4 million to $19.4 million annually.
Bollinger Fourchon: 13 Years Without a Lost Time Accident
Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced that their Bollinger Fourchon, L.L.C. facility has worked 13 years without a lost time accident. Building on a philosophy that starts at the top, Bollinger Shipyards strives for zero accidents. Workforce, contractors, and customer safety is priority and an evident core component of facility operations. Through dedication of top management, a proactive workforce, and comprehensive safety program, Bollinger Shipyards continues to achieve high safety objectives.
USCG – Marine Safety Performance
The US Coast Guard released its Marine Safety Performance Plan for FY 2009-2014. The plan addresses the goals of: (1) reducing the risk of marine casualties; (2) facilitating commerce; (3) improving program processes and management; and (4) improving human resource capabilities. The Marine Safety Program pursues these goals through a multi-faceted approach that includes standards development; mariner credentialing; compliance enforcement; investigations and casualty analysis; industry and public outreach; and international engagement. The Plan is a living document and may be changed in the future to reflect the results of a currently-ongoing independent evaluation of the Marine Safety mission, scheduled for completion in March 2009.
New Unit To Stand-Up
A new Coast Guard marine safety unit has been put into place to more quickly respond to a myriad of marine safety missions, such as response to oil spills and commercial vessel incidents in northeast North Carolina. Marine Safety Team Elizabeth City, N.C., a field unit for Marine Safety Office Wilmington, N.C., has been stood-up at the Coast Guard Support Center, Elizabeth City and will be responsible for port safety and security, inspections of U.S. flagged vessels, including passenger ferries, marine environmental protection, commercial fishing vessel safety program, and investigations of marine casualties and accidents. “By having a marine safety team at this location, we are able to more adequately and more rapidly respond to many types of marine safety incidents,” said Coast Guard Lt.
Lifejacket Donations to boost Safety in Torres Strait
Marine safety in the Torres Strait and Northern Peninsula area is getting a boost with the donation of 1,400 children’s lifejackets as part of the Torres Strait Marine Safety Program (TSMSP) School Based Maritime Safety Education Project. The primary focus of the TSMSP is to improve and promote boating safety in the Torres Strait, which will help reduce the number of search and rescue operations in the area and support the development of the region’s coastal maritime industry.
Stork Reaches Out to Improve Safety
Stork Technical Services held its second REACHing Out forum as the company aims to improve safety engagement with its employee community, customers and wider oil and gas industry. More than 70 business leaders and safety experts from across the UK attended the thought leadership event which was held at the Marcliffe Hotel, Aberdeen. Erik-Jan Bijvank, SVP – UK & Africa, said, “REACHing Out delivered on our key aims for the event – to engage with our peers, generate meaningful discussion and develop new relationships to improve safety.
Borets Names Langley as HSE Manager
Borets, a company in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service of electric submersible pump (ESP) systems, has named David Langley as North American HSE manager. Based at Borets’ U.S. corporate office in Houston, Langley will be responsible for developing and implementing safety programs and policies that align with the company’s corporate standards for health, safety and environmental compliance. Langley earned a Master of Science degree in operations management from the University of Arkansas and a Bachelor of Science in organizational management from Bethel University in Tennessee.
ConocoPhillips Marine to Host SOCP Meeting
ConocoPhillips Marine is hosting a Ships Operations Cooperative Program on March 2-3 in Houston, Texas. SOCP’s agenda features guest speakers (invited) from American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Port of Houston Authority. The agenda will include a discussion panel that will specifically address maritime safety programs and their implementation within various maritime organizations. In addition, the meeting will include a presentation from ABS Nautical Systems LLC on Version 5 of their Improved Life-Cycle Management software, a presentation from VIDEOTEL on technologies and products that they offer designed to improve safety, and a presentation on Cellular Internet Connectivity Applications.
Horizon Enters into OSHA Partnership
Horizon Lines of Puerto Rico, Inc., a subsidiary of Horizon Lines, Inc., participated in a signing ceremony of its Maritime Industry Safety Partnership Agreement with the International Longshoremen's Association (ILA) Local 1575 and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This agreement marks the second time Horizon Lines has taken a leadership position nationwide with a safety program of this nature. In 2002, the company became the first ocean carrier and marine terminal operator in the U.S. to sign an OSHA Strategic Partnership. This most recent activity allows Horizon Lines to make history by signing the newest partnership agreement that will focus on the health and safety of its labor force. The ceremony took place today at ILA Local 1575 Offices in San Juan.
Rockwell Provides Safety Calculator Tool
New Calculator Tool Provides Return-on-Investment Estimates for Safety Automation. Engineers, plant managers and environmental health and safety (EH&S) professionals now have a tool to calculate the potential annual return they’ll receive if they invest in an integrated safety automation system. Rockwell Automation developed the free Safety Return on Investment (ROI) Tool with J.B. Titus, a machine safety consultant and owner of J.B. Titus & Associates. The new Web-based tool, launched on Nov.
Quimby Promoted at Tacoma
The Port of Tacoma recently promoted Janet Quimby to Director of Contracts and Risk Management. In this position, she is responsible for all Port purchasing, risk management programs, safety programs, and oversight of all Port contracts, including construction and consulting contracts in support of Port capital programs. "Janet has demonstrated an exceptional ability to coordinate complex programs," said Jeff Lincoln, the Port's Director of Facilities Development. "She clearly has the ability to succeed in her expanded areas of responsibility." Quimby was previously the Port's Manager of Contracts and Purchasing. Before joining the Port of Tacoma in 1996, she was a Senior Contracting Officer with the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (Metro).
ABS Group Signs on Elba LNG Project
ABSG Consulting Inc., a subsidiary of ABS Group of Companies, Inc. (ABS Group), has been contracted by Kinder Morgan, Inc. to develop a Maintenance and Integrity Program for the liquefied natural gas (LNG) regasification terminal at Elba Island (Elba LNG Project) near Savannah, Georgia. ABS Group will develop the maintenance and integrity programs for the base plant, balance of plant and the terminal upgrade. The full scope of ABS Group's services cover program development and execution, including project management, strategy development and business processes, asset register, mechanical integrity (MI), preventative maintenance development, spare parts and bill of materials, as well as data asset management services.
Jeffboat Safety Milestone
American Commercial Lines Inc. (NASDAQ: ACLI) (ACL) announced that on December 15, its Manufacturing Division, Jeffboat, accomplished the safety milestone of working two million hours without a lost time injury (an injury requiring time off from work) for the first time in its more than 70 years of operation. The shipyard has reached one million hours worked without a lost time injury twice in its history, most recently in June 2009. While Jeffboat has continually decreased injuries since 2004, it continues to implement new safety programs, including providing additional training to employees and conducting detailed investigations to identify root causes of injuries and implement corrective actions. Jeffboat and Teamsters Local Union No.