Safety at Sea

SAS Awards 2019 programme

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Page 1 of 23 4 Editors' commentary AttheSafetyatSeaAwardswenotonlywanttocelebratethe hardworkandeffortsofthoseinthemaritimeindustrystriving toraisesafetystandards,buttoalsoshedalightonimportant issuesthatdonotalwaysgettheattentiontheydeserve. As such, for the second year running, we are recognising the people and companies working to improve crew wellbeing, a topic close to my heart and that should be continually high on shipping's agenda. We want to drive home the message that a happy, healthy crew make for a safe and productive crew. This year we have created a new award to highlight another pressing safety issue; onboard fires. The Best Safety Product of the Year – Firefighting category was established in response to a spike in major ship fires this year. The first five months alone saw fires claim two Grimaldi container ro-ro vessels,GrandeAmerica and Grande Europa, closely followed by a fire aboard the KMTC HongKong at the Thai port of Laem Chabang, carrying 18 containers with chlorinated calcium hypochlorite, which injured more than 200 people. Such ship fires, despite this year's uptick, are not the most common safety incident, but they do pose a major threat to life, the vessel, and its cargo, not to mention the environmental effect such an event can have too. The cost to owners is enormous and, for crews' families, immeasurable. As you will see tonight, those shortlisted in the new firefighting product category are working hard to find innovative ways to prevent such major incidents going forward. Speaking of innovation, this is something we are passionate in supporting at Safety at Sea. Shipping can o en be seen as a traditional industry, slow to move or take on new ideas or technology. However, we at Safety at Sea know that there are many disruptive talents in maritime seeking to make our industry a safer place. It isn't always easy, however, to have a platform to showcase new products to the wider industry. We hope that our new Best Emerging Safety Solution award will help to provide this service; we were heartened to see a high number of entries in this category, not only from established manufacturers, but also start-ups and even seafarers who have taken the initiative to solve a safety problem in a novel way. Ultimately, this is what tonight is all about. Celebrating you; the people and companies committed to resolving pressing issues facing our industry and putting safety above all else. I am delighted to be able to celebrate with you all tonight and reward you for your hard- earned achievements. Tanya Blake, editor, SafetyatSea SAS book of the night_2019.indd 4 SAS book of the night_2019.indd 4 28/08/2019 17:16:44 28/08/2019 17:16:44

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