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Improving safety at sea through loss prevention analysis

Improving safety at sea reduces insurance losses and can save lives.  That is why Charles Taylor provides loss prevention services to The Standard Club as part of our end-to-end mutual management service.

When Maersk, one of the world’s largest diversified maritime businesses, selected us to lead on a loss prevention project, supported by some of its other P&I insurers, we were ready to help.  Maersk has an excellent safety record and is uncompromising in its drive to further improve safety.  Our role was to review navigation safety on Maersk’s tanker fleet and to make recommendations for further improvements.

Our strategy combined on-board observation of operations, with a detailed analysis of over a decade of Maersk’s own navigational audits and The Standard Club’s claims records, which totalled over 1,000 pages of audit and claims records. This involved our experienced marine surveyors, many of whom are master mariners, working closely with the member’s risk and safety management teams over an eight month period.

Our research confirmed an excellent overall safety record, but also revealed a number of common threads which could lead to incidents, particularly at the higher risk stages of a voyage, departing and arriving at ports and terminals.

Our recommendations focused on further improving bridge team management and watch-keeping, combined with a more consistent use of electronic navigation aids.  As a result of our input, Maersk is now refining its Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) operating procedures while retaining and emphasising more traditional navigational methods such as the use of parallel indexing as standard for the vessels in its fleet. This facility provides navigators with greater awareness of the validity of GPS data.

The Club’s member has been extremely pleased with the results of our work, which has enabled it to take its excellent safety procedures to the next level.