InterManager’s survey into the dangers of enclosed spaces aboard vessels attracted an excellent response from within the maritime community, with some useful feedback and helpful suggestions.
Thanks to the great feedback we received from seafarers and marine sector workers throughout the international shipping industry we have the information we need to be able to lobby the International Maritime Organisation and other key maritime stakeholders and work towards eradicating these risks.
When we launched our survey we promised to recognise the sender of the most useful comments which we receive with a prize. Well we have kept our word – and plan to go even further.
Such was the quality of the comments we received that we feel recognition should go in particular to a number of individuals. As a result we are making a series of presentations to honour the contribution of those people.
The first presentation took place in Hamburg where Frank Lasse, HSEQ Director of Bernhard Schulte(pictured centre), received an Enclosed Spaces Campaign Leadership Award (a beautiful glass trophy in the shape of a lighthouse) and an iPad in recognition of his outstanding leadership in encouraging seafarers to send their feedback to us. Other presentations will take place during the Crew Connect Global event in Manila in November.
InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: “It was vital to us that we understood what the people actually working in these dangerous spaces think in order to formulate proper proposals. Our survey results make clear that much needs to be done to address the issues of working in enclosed spaces and to eradicate the risk to life. No-one should die while carrying out their daily work.”
A large range of vessel operators, managers and crew took part in our three month-long industry-wide survey, with crew from almost 250 ships providing feedback – representing more than 5,000 seafarers. Kuba said: “I would like to thank all those individuals who took part because it is them who are helping to create a safety culture for future generations.”