Maritime organisations promoted greater knowledge and communication about safety through events, challenges and calls to action this Maritime Safety Week (4-8 July).
The UK Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) chief inspector, Andrew Moll, wrote a series of blogs on areas of ‘ongoing concern’ in terms of safety. The week was kicked off with a discussion of fishing vessels.
Port Skills and Safety were covered with a membership conference on 5 July, which was attended by maritime minister Robert Courts MP, as well as Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson. Mr Dickinson spoke at the event about the importance of dialogue between unions and employers in improving safety for seafarers.
As a fun take on the week, The Seafarers’ Charity launched a social media competition to find the best crew muster drill. Crews were challenged to submit a video of their muster drills, and judged on speed, technique and style. The winners will receive a safety champions plaque to put on their ship. The charity says that practising muster drills ‘could save vital seconds in a real emergency at sea and help save lives’.
Finally, Port of London authority put out the call to workers to report near misses to help keep the Thames safe, and HM coastguard used the week to celebrate the work of the coastguard in keeping people safe on the UK’s coasts for over 200 years.