BW Maritime

Zero Harm Campaign

Zero Harm 

Zero Harm is a BW organization-wide safety campaign.  Its goal of ensuring the safety of all employees remains at the forefront of all our shipping operations.  A dedicated team within BW Fleet Management has organized several initiatives from 2014-2016 to further enforce a strong safety culture in a growing family of seafarers and shore based staff. 

Some initiatives include:

  • Review and enhance existing risk assessment processes onboard our ships, with a focus on high risk activities such as entering enclosed spaces and working aloft. 
  • Lock-Out-Tag-Out (lock-out kits) implemented on identified machinery, namely valves and electrical equipment, to control hazardous energy. 
  • Case studies and instructional safety videos created for shipboard discussions.
  • Safety briefings organised for seafarers at officers' and crew conferences. 
  • A pocket safety booklet available for crew and visitors onboard ships.  Safety visitor cards available for onshore employees.
  • Feedback process for Bridge Team performance. 
  • Updated personal protection equipment (PPE) supplied to all seafarers.
  • Induction and training for shore based staff who visit vessels.
  • BW type specific safety training for the Bosun and Fitter (Specialised Individuals).
  • Superintendent presentations and updates on ZERO Harm during on board sailing visits.

Focusing on the Human Element in Safety

The Zero Harm project focuses on the human element of safety. The human element refers to the people within an organisation and their interaction with systems and equipment to ensure safe and efficient operations. Research has shown that about 80% of casualties are caused by human errors. Behaviour is a major challenge, and there must be a strong, fundamental drive to always have safety at top of mind.

There are initiatives to raise safety awareness within BW and to provide appropriate training at all levels. These training programmes aim to improve ship-shore communication, quality of reporting from ships and overall leadership. The project scope includes the development of a behavioural competency framework for sea staff.

Managing behaviour is a critical requirement for managing success, as human behaviour is nearly always at the centre of a business loss or the reason for a business success. Through planned education and leadership programmes, this Zero Harm project aspires to take the safety within the organisation to higher levels.