The Standard Club has always seen the prevention of claims to be as important as efforts to mitigate or learn from claims which have already occurred. In the spirit of prevention, the LP department has, for some time now, conducted a rolling program of initiatives targeting common root causes of claims. These initiatives vary greatly from information campaigns to cutting-edge research. Most initiatives involve external partners that lend their resources and expertise and also share The Standard Club’s commitment to achieving higher standards of safety for the maritime industry.
Whilst The Standard Club is not alone in the production of external initiatives, its body of work must count as one of the most diverse amongst the International Group of P&I clubs.
Previous and current safety initiatives
The Human Element
As with all complex machines, ships require humans to operate them. The Standard Club participated in a joint venture to gather research and insight into human error, why such errors occur and how to avoid them in the future. The Standard Club and its partner organisations is justifiably proud of the published work it produced. This research was the first of its kind focusing solely on the maritime industry and provides clear guidance on how to mitigate the failures of the human character which are the cause of so many accidents. This guidance was disseminated in paper form and pdf. The success of the book led to a further initiative to produce the Human Element movie in cooperation with Walport a leading distributor of safety instructional products.
Horizon Fatigue Study
In 2012 The Standard Club, in association with eleven other maritime organisations, published the results of research into the chronic problem of fatigue within the maritime industry. This ground breaking study used mariners from both engine and deck departments in simulated scenarios as a means of testing the effects of different watch patterns on the ability and alertness of the participants. Read more.
Video Tel Hazard Series
In conjunction with Video Tel, The Standard Club has produced a series of educational films designed to inform ship’s personnel about common hazards which are often the source of accidents onboard ships. In the selection of the subject matter The Standard Club drew on its knowledge of claims trends as a means of picking those most relevant to the industry. Read more
The Standard Club and Video Tel have renewed their collaboration for another series of films, scheduled for release late 2016. These films will focus on other areas of potential hazard and will build on the work done previously by Video Tel and The Standard Club.
CHIRP video maritime feedback bulletins
The ‘Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme’ (CHIRP) works to retain information regarding incidents or near-misses and then distributes this knowledge to assist others to learn from these experiences. Their latest initiative, sponsored by The Standard Club, is the production of new ‘video maritime feedback bulletins’ which are due to be released on a quarterly basis and available to download for use on a PC or tablet, DVD or USB drive. This new approach to hazardous incident reporting is designed to provide even easier access to the lessons learned by CHIRP, in a communication medium and format that is commonly used by its target audience. More information and links to the videos are available here.
Pipeline inspection course
The Standard Club was involved in the development of a new course to support the effective identification, inspection and maintenance of ship’s piping. It has been created by maritime technical training specialists, Marlins, to be easily accessible to all crew in an online e-learning format. More information is available here.
Spot the Hazard Competition
The ‘Spot the Hazard’ competition was created in conjunction with the
International Chamber of Shipping, was open to all serving seafarers (not shore-based staff) and was designed to promote hazard awareness as a means of reducing the toll of easily preventable accidents. To take part, a seafarer was required to visit the competition website and use the downloadable
forms to identify hazards. There were five posters to cover the key hazardous areas, including the galley, bridge, engine room, main deck and shore terminal. In addition, entrants were required to invent an idea designed to enhance safety on board ships. With US$2,000 dollars on offer per poster a seafarer had the opportunity of winning up to US$10,000. The competition closed on 28 August 2015 and information about the results, along with the corrected posters, is here.
The Standard Club has been aware of a growing trend whereby seafarers suffering from a medical condition which makes them unfit to serve at sea, have been obtaining medical certification which enables them to find employment on members' vessels. In many cases these medical conditions directly contribute to the occurrence of a claim, either by causing an accident or because of the need to repatriate and replace a sick crew member. To combat this trend, The Standard Club, along with Medical Rescue International (MRI), have developed The Standard Club’s enhanced pre-employment medical (PEME) scheme. The scheme consists of a number of accredited clinics, which are closely monitored to ensure that PEME certificates are only issued to seafarers who are fit to serve at sea. Further information, together with the list of approved clinics can be found on our dedicated PEME page.