Seafarers are a key element of a successful shipping industry. There may be a lot of talk at the moment in the media about a future world of autonomous ships. However, on board crew are vital to the safe and efficient operation of our Members’ ships, both now and for the foreseeable future
At Britannia we recognise the demands and pressures on the men and women who work around the clock at sea. Our Loss Prevention department comprises a team of experienced maritime professionals with seafaring and operational experience, who understand both the reality and the practical side of shipping.
IN THE FAST-CHANGING MODERN WORLD, WITH A SEEMINGLY CONSTANT STREAM OF NEW EMERGING RISKS AND RAPID ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY, THE NEED TO SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT BEST PRACTICES HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER.
At Britannia, we understand this. Which is why we are excited and proud to launch our new BSafe campaign.
BSafe is a proactive safety campaign targeted at seafarers on board our Members’ ships. Developed by our Loss Prevention team with the support of our People Risks claims department, the aim is to help influence behaviours and prevent on board injuries and losses.
The intent from the outset is to keep the campaign dynamic and alive. We will be launching new material and initiatives as BSafe develops, with the clear aim of supporting seafarers. So, watch this space.
By sharing relevant information and developing initiatives to support various aspects of on board operations, our mission is to help our Members’ crew BSafe. Our aim is not only to provide a home for all our crew-related content and material, but to become recognised as one of the “go-to” sites for all such information, with relevant, useful and practical content.
Being safe in its broadest sense is not just about safety. It’s also about being healthy and secure, elements which are both fundamental to people’s wellbeing and efficiency. So rather than just focus on pure safety, we have identified three main subjects to be covered under the BSafe umbrella: On board Safety; Seafarer Health; On board Security.
THESE ARE WHAT WE BELIEVE ARE THE CORE AREAS OF CONCERN AND RISK FOR MODERN DAY SEAFARERS; THE USE OF THESE THREE PILLARS ARE THE FOUNDATIONS OF BSAFE. ALL THE MATERIAL AND INITIATIVES THAT WE WILL BE PROVIDING WILL ADDRESS ONE OF THESE CATEGORIES, ALL WITH A BSAFE FOCUS.
Reflecting and learning from previous events is widely acknowledged as an effective way of positively influencing behaviours.
Reflection is not just about reading an accident report or watching a case study video. It’s about engaging with the content and reviewing the sequence of events – not just about thinking about what happened. It’s about considering why it happened and “what it means to me”, then relating the identified learning points to your own personal situation.
One of the key aims of BSafe will be to encourage seafarers to consider various safety, security and health matters – how these relate to their own company and whether things can be done differently.
In addition to providing a variety of reflective-based content as the campaign evolves, each month we will produce a new BSafe Incident Case Study (BICS) available on our BSafe webpages. These will be based on a real accident or claim, anonymised as appropriate, with the key lessons identified as a starting point.
However, this is only half the story. The true power of reflective learning lies in considering and discussing an incident and the lessons learned with colleagues, which generates a richer and more valuable dialogue. In order to encourage this, we will also provide dedicated training materials for each case study to help with this collective engagement. These will include presentation material and reflective learning aids which can be used in any way Members or their crew see fit. For example, these could be used to support on board safety meetings or crew seminars, or just for individual reflection.
This supporting training material will be free, but is only available on request to our Members by contacting the Britannia Loss Prevention team and subscribing to our monthly updates via: firstname.lastname@example.org
To align with this special ‘Burns’ edition of Crew Watch, our first monthly BICS relates to a tragic accident on board a bulk carrier. A real-life accident, with important learning points that are worthy of consideration.
With our experience in loss prevention and maritime safety, we are confident that BSafe will grow and be a success. However, as with any campaign, the true success will be measured by the interaction and feedback that we receive – from our Members, and most importantly, their seafarers. We have lots of ideas, but we are also open to suggestions and comments, so please contact the Britannia Loss Prevention team via: email@example.com to engage with us.
We are truly excited about BSafe.
Our aim is simple – to help our Members’ seafarers to be healthy; to be secure; to BSafe.
 Energy Institute, Reflective learning from incidents engagement videos.