At AET Group, we have a ‘Goal Zero’ safety policy, and have been working for many years to encourage the tanker segment to improve safety standards and practices, particularly as onboard processes and operational challenges develop around us. However, we want to go much further. We want to lead the industry in setting new benchmarks for safety and operational excellence, and to achieve our Vision to ‘consistently provide better energy-related maritime solutions and services’. This is why we have recently launched our ‘Safety and Operational Excellence Roadmap’, AET Group’s blue-print for success.
AET Group’s Safety and Operational Excellence Roadmap formalises our intentions and puts specific goals and objectives into place for promoting a global safety culture. Importantly, the Roadmap recognises that the maritime industry is changing – it is automating, digitising and becoming more complex by the day – and we need personnel onboard and ashore who place safety and excellence before all else. This is why a central tenet of the Roadmap is to cede greater control of safety and operational performance to our senior management teams and crew onboard in close coordination with our teams ashore.
The Roadmap was developed by a specially formed working committee, the Safety Inculcation Working Group (SIWG), consisting of leaders from AET, our shipmanagement arm Eaglestar, and ALAM, MISC Group’s world-renowned maritime training academy. Over 18 months, the working group was tasked with canvassing our staff at sea and ashore, objectively critiquing our operations and developing appropriate interventions and improvements.
The resulting Roadmap comprises eight action elements, each with clear objectives, KPIs and measurements, from creating even leaner and more efficient documentation systems through to ensuring there is no blame culture onboard, or between sea and shore. As an organisation, we have channelled significant resource into engaging staff with this initiative, taking a root-and-branch approach, and the response has been very positive.
When it comes to improving the safety record of the shipping industry, creating lasting change takes more than a statement of intent. It requires a resolute effort, considerable fore-thought and planning, the support of others and an achievable outcome that ultimately benefits our businesses and partners. It also requires a very careful look at the issues and root causes that need to be addressed in order to achieve a desired goal of raising standards across the industry.