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 down in 2017, following measures being implemented to avoid further increases after a increase the years before.
As in the four previous years, we had no fatal accidents in 2017. Still accidents do happen, and we repatriated 10 seafarers due to injuries after accidents. We have taken measures to reduce this number. 4 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 rose to 192 in 2017 from 144 in 2016. Compared to previous years, the number is 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 2017 Grieg Star had 128 Port State Controls on 33 vessels, showing on average 0.47 deficiencies per inspection. This is down from 0.8 in 2016.
We had two Port State Control Inspection in 2017 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 4.1 in 2016 to 3.8 in 2017.
Our fleet’s emission rating were as follows in 2017:
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.
As of 5th of April 2018 13 of our vessels were certified.