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CSSF calls on authorities to enable crew changes and guarantee medical support / Members support IMO’s appeal to governments
Shanghai Ocean Shipping joins Container Ship Safety Forum e.V.
Container Ship Safety Forum sets course for better firefighting capacity / Additional focus on safe access to the cargo area on container ships needed
CSSF publishes free Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations
Container Ship Safety Forum continues to grow | Member companies test new firefighting equipment
Navios joins CSSF and free membership for smaller ship management companies
CSSF held its latest meeting in Vancouver, Canada on 17 and 18 May 2018
This new Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations is a strong indication of the CSSF’s commitment to continued improvement in safety. It objectively sets out the practices and procedures associated with safe container ship operations. These practices and procedures are meant to be challenging – but, having said that, in the vast majority of instances they are already being pursued by the CSSF’s members.
This Guide is not an inspection or audit checklist, nor is it a self-assessment document, and it is not intended to be a measure by which stakeholders may measure or compare one company with another. It is a living document that is expected to be periodically updated to reflect changing standards, requirements and expectations. The practices and procedures described in this guide can be successfully implemented – indeed, everything included in this guidance has been used and has helped to achieve desired improvements.
The CSSF believes that the container ship companies which work towards the successful implementation of the practices described will indeed achieve improved safety and performance standards.
The Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations is limited in its scope to personal and operational safety. The document does not include security, environmental or crew welfare issues except where there are direct safety implications.
The members of the Container Ship Safety Forum represent a diverse mix of container operations and as such recognise that Companies have different safety management objectives and different management systems. To support that this guidance document is intended to help container ship owners, operators and managers develop their own procedures that fit in with and compliment their own company cultures and management systems.
It is intended to be ambitious and help raise safety standards within the container sector but it is not intended to contain prescriptive procedures or instructions and should not be used in that way.
Hamburg, 16 June 2020. “In order to comply with international safety and employment regulations, and also for humanitarian reasons - crew changes must take place now. They cannot be postponed indefinitely”, says Aslak Ross, First Chairman of the Container Ship Safety Forum e.V. (CSSF) and Head of Marine Standards at A.P. Moller - Maersk. The business network urgently appeals to governments and authorities worldwide to facilitate crew changes and safe repatriation of seafarers. A steadily increasing number of the 1.5 million seafarers on merchant ships have not been able to leave the vessels and exceeded their contract terms by far due to COVID-19 imposed restrictions. To ensure safe shipping operations and to comply with international safety and employment regulations all CSSF members fully support the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) appeal to governments of 8 June 2020 to facilitate marine personnel travel options by giving them “key worker” status. The CSSF encourages coastal states to engage in constructive dialogue with operators. “It is our common obligation to ensure our seafarer’s health and safety while maintaining effective global supply chains”, emphasizes Ross.
Besides solutions for crew changes, physical and mental health on board remains top priority to the CSSF members – not only related to the coronavirus. Aslak Ross draws attention to this problem: “Since the outbreak of the pandemic, most countries have closed their borders, limited port accesses and shore leaves. With great concern members have experienced rejections from authorities around the world to both basic professional medical assistance to seafarers even in severe cases as well as to repatriation due to their physical or mental condition.”
Hamburg, 15 January 2020. The Container Ship Safety Forum e.V. (CSSF) welcomes the first member in the new year: Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd. joins the industry association with effect of 01 January 2020. The company currently manages 177 container vessels for COSCO Shipping Lines Co., Ltd. with a total of 1,550,000 TEU.
“Across companies we pursue a common goal: the highest possible safety standards on board and best management practices. We welcome the CSSF as a network where its members can exchange industry information and benchmark safety performance”, says Capt. Jinyu Liang, representative of Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd. in the CSSF.
Aslak Ross, First Chairman of the CSSF and Head of HSE & Marine Standards at Maersk A/S: “We are very pleased to welcome Shanghai Ocean Shipping Co., Ltd. as a new member of the CSSF. Thanks to the Asian heavyweight, the CSSF now represents about 45 percent of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet.”
The next biannual CSSF member meeting takes place from 13 to 14 May 2020 in Rotterdam. Container ship managers that are not yet members are welcome to participate as observers.
Hamburg, 19 December 2019. The Container Ship Safety Forum e.V. (CSSF) focused on firefighting and safe access to cargo areas on container vessels at its meeting in Copenhagen from 19 to 20 November 2019. 30 representatives of 20 member companies, four observers from other shipping companies plus five guest speakers discussed how to build capacity for safety and shared their experiences to enable industry wide learning. The meeting took place at Danish Shipping, whose CEO & Director General Anne H. Steffensen held the welcome speech.
Firefighting: nozzle holders, fires on top of the stack and a training video
Several CSSF members have spent the last months on identifying improvement opportunities for firefighting on board their ships. One member used its recent learnings from a cargo fire to manufacture quick and easy to use fire nozzle holders and presented same to the forum following the idea: hands freed from boundary cooling can be used on board for other firefighting measures.
How do we effectively fight fires in containers at heights? Different equipment has been tested by several member companies, results were shared, and an innovative solution shown during an offsite demonstration. Another member presented an elaborately produced training video asking for comments and suggestions. The insightful final version will be made available to all CSSF members. There was consensus on the importance of onboard emergency preparedness training and drills.
Safe access to cargo area: cooperation with external partners is long-term goal
Depending on the vessel type, different risks exist when accessing the cargo area. Unsafe catwalks, lashing bridges, handrails, and ladders but also inappropriate PPE and unsafe operations repeatedly cause personal accidents that also involve external parties. CSSF members aim to continuously improve these areas and to engage with other industry bodies on the subject – e.g. terminal operators or organizations representing them in safety questions.
The forum welcomes Synergy Group (India) as its 25th member. The members represent about 40 percent of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet. Thanks to the growing number of members, the annual membership fee is reduced from 4.000 to 3.500 USD. Companies managing less than 10.000 TEU benefit from a reduced fee of 500 USD but including unrestricted member rights and obligations. The next biannual meeting takes place from 13 to 14 May 2020 in Rotterdam.
Hamburg, 26 September 2019. The Container Ship Safety Forum e.V. (CSSF), a global business-to-business network and industry association aiming to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry, today published its first Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations. The document is available for download here.
“The drive for safety is a continuous mission. We intend to support container ship managers develop their own procedures in line with their individual company cultures and management systems. This guide is not an inspection or audit list, nor is it all-encompassing, but a living document that is to be updated regularly to reflect changing standards, requirements and expectations”, says Aslak Ross, Head of HSE & Marine Standards at Maersk Line A/S who is at the helm of the CSSF Management Board.
The guide is clearly structured into eight chapters. On 54 comprehensibly written pages, the document covers safety-relevant aspects such as navigation & bridge management, mooring, anchoring and towing operations, cargo operations, emergency preparedness and maintenance and reliability. Safety Management Systems and the role of senior managers – whether shipboard or shore-based – also play an important role.
Ross emphasizes that the document focuses on personal and operational safety. It does not include environmental or crew welfare issues nor any security aspects. The aim is to provide industry participants with valuable suggestions on how they can implement safety processes.
The 24 CSSF members now represent about 40 percent of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet. Container ship management companies that are not yet members are invited to join the forum as observers at the next meeting in Copenhagen on 19 and 20 November.
Hamburg, 15 August 2019. The Container Ship Safety Forum e.V. (CSSF) welcomes five new members: Asiatic Lloyd & Atlantic Lloyd, Arkas Shipping & Transport, Lomar Shipping, V-Ships and Reederei Nord joined the business-to-business network in 2019 so far. Its 24 members now represent about 40 per cent of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet. The network has recently been officially incorporated as a registered association in Hamburg.
Based on real life cases and the concern for the carriage of International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) and the declaration and packing of same by shippers, the members intensely discussed firefighting on containerships during the last member meeting in Singapore in May 2019. Different CSSF member companies are presently testing new firefighting equipment and will share their experience with the forum in Copenhagen, where the next CSSF meeting will take place on 19 and 20. November 2019.
At the May meeting, the members also adopted the CSSF Performance Report of 2018. Good news: The CSSF’s Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF, as per OCIMF definitions) improved to 1.00 compared to 1.16 in 2017. CSSF performance is measured using key performance indicators (KPIs) related to health, safety, environmental protection, and navigational safety. The performance report also includes data for the members’ performance during Port State Control (PSC) Inspections. The average number of CSSF member vessels’ deficiencies per PSC Inspection increased to 0.99 in 2018 (0.83 in 2017).
The opening address of the member meeting was kindly given by Ms. Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of Maritime and Port Authority (MPA) of Singapore. Valuable insights about behavioural based safety on board were presented by Green-Jakobsen A/S.
Hamburg, 2 July 2018. Navios joins the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) as the latest full member. With now 17 members, the CSSF represents more than 36% of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet.
Furthermore, the CSSF offers the option of a free membership to companies managing a container ship fleet with a combined capacity of less than 10 000 TEU as of 1 July 2018. With this option the CSSF would like to attract also companies in this segment to work towards its vision of a container shipping industry with high safety standards ensuring no harm is caused to people, ships, cargo and the environment.
Although the free membership does not include voting rights at members’ meetings, the companies choosing this option will still enjoy all other membership benefits. Amongst other activities, the CSSF provides a wide network of professional peers to exchange information and best practices and the members participate in and have access to an annual performance report.
Hamburg, 30 May 2018. The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) held its latest members’ meeting with 25 participants in Vancouver, Canada on 17 and 18 May 2018. The meeting was kindly hosted by CSSF member Seaspan Ship Management Ltd. in their premises in Vancouver. Besides CSSF members also three observers from non-member container ship management and liner companies participated in the successful meeting.
Amongst other topics, attendees shared experiences and best practices within the context of safety of navigation, ballast voyages and pilot management during the meeting. Furthermore, the agenda included the presentation of the CSSF performance data of 2017 and adoption of the corresponding report. CSSF performance is measured using KPIs related to health, safety, environmental protection, port state control and navigational safety. The CSSF’s Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF, as per OCIMF definitions) for 2017 was 1.16 which is a slight improvement compared to 1.19 in 2016. The performance report also includes data for the members’ performance during Port State Control (PSC) Inspections. The average number of deficiencies per PSC Inspection significantly decreased to 0.83 in 2017 (1.10 in 2016) for the CSSF members’ vessels. The meeting was supported with expertise and valuable insights from LISCR, Lovoy A/S and BMT Surveys.