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
CSSF grows by two further members and prepares for the next meeting in Asia
New member joins CSSF at latest meeting in Dubai
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.
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.
New member joins CSSF at latest meeting in Dubai
Hamburg, 09 May 2017. 14 out of 15 member companies of the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) held the first of their biannual meetings in 2017 in Dubai, U.A.E. from 3rd to 4th May. United Arab Shipping Company kindly hosted the meeting. As the latest new member, Taiwanese Wan Hai Lines Ltd. joined the CSSF directly after the meeting in Dubai, where they participated as observers. The CSSF now represents more than 40% of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet.
The meeting agenda focused on sharing best practices and experiences on safety of navigation, especially on the use of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) as primary means of navigation. Another important topic was the conduct of navigational audits. CSSF members also concluded the 2016 CSSF Performance Report. The CSSF’s Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF, as per OCIMF definitions) for 2016 was 1.15, a significant improvement compared to 1.38 in 2015. The performance report also includes data for the members’ performance during Port State Control (PSC) Inspections. The average number of deficiencies per PSC Inspection slightly raised to 1.10 in 2016 (1.08 in 2015) for the CSSF members’ vessels. The classification society ABS supported the meeting with a lecture on their “Mariner Safety Research Initiatives”.
Furthermore, elections for the Steering Committee of the CSSF took place during the meeting: Aslak Ross from Maersk Line and Christoph Werner from ship manager E.R. Schiffahrt were unanimously elected and will continue their work for the forum for a second term of three years. Key tasks will be to push ahead with the 2016 approved CSSF strategy and the development of best practice guidelines for container ships.
The next members’ meeting of the forum is scheduled to take place in Hong Kong on 6 and 7 November 2017. The meeting will also be open for representatives