Publications

CSSF - Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations

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.

Download

Container Ship Safety Forum Press Release 02-2019

CSSF publishes free Guide to Safe Container Ship Operations

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.

Download

Container Ship Safety Forum Press Release 01-2019

Container Ship Safety Forum continues to grow
Member companies test new firefighting equipment

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.

Download

Container Ship Safety Forum Press Release 02-2018

Navios joins CSSF and free membership for smaller ship management companies

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.

Download

Container Ship Safety Forum Press Release 01-2018

CSSF held its latest meeting in Vancouver, Canada on 17 and 18 May 2018

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.

Download

Container Ship Safety Forum Press Release 03-2017

CSSF grows by two further members and prepares for the next meeting in Asia

Hamburg, 20 September 2017. Piraeus (Greece) based shipping company Danaos Shipping Co. Ltd. joined the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) in July 2017 and Nav-Tech B.V., the newly formed in-house ship management entity of Samskip from Rotterdam (The Netherlands), has been welcomed in the forum as the latest member this month.

All 18 member companies confirmed their attendance at the next CSSF members’ meeting which is scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on 6 and 7 November 2017. The meeting is also open for representatives from non-member ship management companies to participate as observers. The meeting agenda will focus on personal accidents in the cargo area on board of container ships and on hand and finger injuries. Both topics relate to the conclusions of the latest CSSF Performance Report. The yearly report is based on Health, Safety and Environmental KPI-data provided by members and is inter alia used to identify safety hotspots on container ships.

Download