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Thursday, September 20, 2018

INTERTANKO speaks at Maritime Health Conference in Goa, India

INTERTANKO was invited to give a presentation on The human factors and the management of emergencies at sea to the members and guests of the International Maritime Health Association (IMHA) during its 10th International Symposium on Maritime Health in Goa, India, last week.


INTERTANKO's Maritime Advisor Minerva Alfonso’s presentation highlighted that it is crucial to recognise that emergencies, particularly those which can escalate, can have a profound effect on an organisation’s reputation and its ability to carry on its business; and that it is essential that a company responds quickly and effectively to an incident, not only to minimise the risks to human life and damage to the environment, but also to ensure that all necessary steps are taken to protect the industry’s public image.


Alfonso underlined that it is important for a holistic approach to be taken to response management, to ensure that the consequences of an event can be managed, both at a tactical level, and at a strategic level. For instance, fighting a fire will require a tactical response with equipment and manpower, but will also require a strategic response to manage the consequences of the fire on the business.


The paper discussed some of the initiatives of INTERTANKO’s Human Element in Shipping Committee and its Vetting Committee, which address the principles that underpin effective emergency management, as well as some fundamental and practical guidance on implementing these principles.


INTERTANKO, through its Vetting Committee, has produced its Confidential Accident Reporting Platform in order to gather pertinent and detailed incident data within the tanker industry.  It aims to establish a recognised and harmonised set of industry categories of accidents as well as detailed yet simplified information pertaining to the Direct Cause (DC) of the incident; and the Root Cause (RC) of the accident.  Root cause analysis transforms an old culture that reacts to problems into a new culture that solves problems before they escalate, creating a variability reduction and risk avoidance mindset.


The paper also discussed Crew Resource Management (CRM) training, which has been incorporated in INTERTANKO’s Tanker Officer Training Standards (TOTS), a joint project between the Vetting Committee and the Human Element Committee.


To view Alfonso’s presentation click here


Contact: Minerva R. Alfonso