Risk, Security and safety
Risk management is vital to protect the environment as well as our people, vessels, cargo, equipment and business. January 1st 2015 our new Quality Management Reporting System (QMRS) was put into force. This includes Improvement Reporting and Audits & Inspections.
As of January 1st 2016 the QMRS was expanded to include chartering, operation and anti-corruption reporting. Our Quality Manager and the QMS Steering Committee head this work.
Risk assessments are always performed in accordance with governing documents in our Quality Management System.
Business continuity and emergency response
To be able to continue to conduct our operations and business in case of an incident, emergency and business continuity plans are a vital part of our governing documents. The Emergency Preparedness Team convenes whenever an incident occurs, and drills are carried out regularly both onshore and on board our vessels, to ensure our organisation is fit for purpose. We review the emergency plans continuously, both as result of findings during drills and based on new knowledge.
The safety on our vessels is of our uttermost concern, and we have an ongoing focus on preparing our seafarers as well as stevedores and visitors.
This focus has given results, reducing injuries compared to previous years. The most objective measure of this is the Loss Time Injury Frequency (LTIF), which measures the number of hours a seafarer is unable to work due to injuries. Our LTIF went up in 2016, resulting in new measures being implemented to avoid further increases.
As in the four previous years, we had no fatal accidents in 2016. Still accidents do happen, and we repatriated three seafarers due to injuries after accidents, and 14 seafarers were sent home because of illness.
Total near miss reports
Sometimes incidents happen without resulting in injuries. We record these as well, defined as Near Misses. The Near Miss Reports fell from 192 in 2015 to 144 in 2016. Compared to previous years, the number is still high (2014: 96, 2013: 82). This is partly because of our focus on encouraging the crew to report. These reports make it easier for us to evaluate our procedures to prevent dangerous situations in the future.
Port State Control
Port State Control (PSC) is the inspection of ships in ports by PSC inspectors to control and verify that the competency of the master and officers on board, and the condition of the ship and its equipment comply with the requirements of international conventions, and further that the vessel is manned and operated in compliance with applicable international law.
During 2016 Grieg Star had 115 Port State Controls on 34 ships, showing on average 0.8 deficiencies per inspection. This is up from 0.78 in 2015.
We had one Port State Control Inspection in 2016 which resulted in a detention. The deficiencies were dealt with immediately, and the shore and onboard management analysed the deficiencies for preventive measure and fleet experience transfer.
Grieg Star is a member of Rightship (www.rightship.com), who performs Risk- and Environmental Rating. Rightship inspects our vessels, and report and grade our quality based on their findings. In 2016 Rightship changed their rating system, making the numbers for 2016 not possible to compare with previous ratings.
The fleet average Risk Rating fell from 4.91 in 2015 to 4.1 in 2016.
USCG Qualship 21
The Norwegian Flag Administration (NMA) is at present not in compliance with the USCG Qualship criteria. The QUALSHIP 21 program require that any flag state have a detention ratio less than 1.0% over a 3 years rolling period. The NOR/NIS fleet had a 3 years average detention rate of 1,09% which disqualified NIS vessels to apply for Qualship21 renewal until flag state improves the detention ratio. Marshall Island Flagged Vessels met the QUALSHIP21 requirements and therefore qualified to apply for renewal. However, all our vessels that have valid Qualship21 certificate are enrolled in the program as long as the certificate is valid.