Presentation – Bench Marking

BTA Towage Industry Safety Benchmarking 2013
Presented by Jason Woodward
Safety benchmarking for the towage industry remains a
difficult task to ensure we provide meaningful analysis.
2013 Total Exposure Hours submitted by BTA members = 2,502,614 hours, down by 334,061 from 2012
figures, showing a downward trend the 2012 figures showed a fall by 170,000 hrs, so naturally less
exposure should lead to less incidents. This represents approx 90% of the market
Safety Mile Stones; Reportable cases to MAIB
Number of cases in 2013 = 5 Thankfully all of which were non serious injuries In 2012 we saw 14 &
2011 = 10 this figure has reduced considerably over the last decade most of which were in the main
fairly minor LTI injuries, this indicates a strong trend to reduce injuries in our industry, but some of which
can be attributed to the reduction in exposure.
Data supplied was against operating 106 vessels in UK ports
Although useful we should not place too much focus on lagging indicators, the real focus should be on
leading indicators. Prevention being far better than cure!
ASD = 55 down 14 Voith = 30 down 6 Other = 26 up 12 on previous year showing a trend towards ATT
The following information represents 2013 safety performance as an industry by BTA members
Industry Safety Performance (BTA only)
• Representative Industry Bench Mark LTIFR (Lost
Time Injury Frequency Rate) = 1.9 previously 2.21
• Calculations made using the normal 1 million exp hrs
IMCA & OCIMF Benchmark target for 2013 = 0.35 LTIFR so we still
have plenty of scope for improvement as an industry
• TRCF (Total Recordable Case Frequency) = 5.9 a big
improvement on 2012, previously 10.7
• OGP/Oil Companies International Marine Forum
(OCIMF) & IMCA Benchmark = 1.76 TRCF
What analysis can we make from data provided?
• Slips Trips and falls Still continues to be our number one cause
of LTI/TRC injuries, although we have made a significant
improvement in recent years they still account for around a third
• As with previous years, lagging indicators (Incidents) show that
we are still loosing focus during non routine towage operations,
85% of incidents where whilst the tug was berthing/sailing from
its designated berth or during periods of maintenance whilst
• There are two main trends from recent years at opposing ends
of the scale, complacency (over reliant on experience) is at the
root cause of many of the significant incidents, the second root
cause is lack of thorough or improper familiarisation, this
conclusion can be drawn from studying findings at global as well
as UK level investigations.
What can we do to further improve?
Adopt Best Practice?
• What is Best Practice?
• Dealing with complacency? How best to stop
over reliance on experience?
• Would you be interested to know that
statistics show you are more likely to have a
serious incident after 15 years experience!
• Dealing with Familiarisation?
• How can we improve familiarisation?
Looking Forward not Back!
• Proactive reporting is vital tool to help us improve safety
performance (A Key Leading Indicator)
• What is the safety culture in your port/company/vessel?
It doesn’t matter how good we think we are! We can
always find ways of improving!
• Challenge all poor safety attitudes and behaviours, and
don’t turn a blind eye
• Challenge your colleagues to raise the bar on safety, ask
yourself what can I/we do?
There was plenty of water 6 hours ago!
Discussion Topic
Incident trend
• There has been an increasing number of
significant incidents globally where the use of
the auto pilot was attributed as the direct
cause of the incident!
• Is there a overreliance on the use of auto
pilots in harbour situations? EG. Auto pilot
being used regularly as the helmsman for
short routine passages around the
Leading Benchmarks that we all can adopt to
help us raise the bar on safety!
Continuous Improvement is the norm
Have the right Attitude & Behaviour
Keep focused on the main causes of injuries.
Promote proactive reporting and foster just cultures
Adopt Best Practice wherever possible
Challenge Poor Behaviours, Use Stop Authority
Share Success Stories/Information
Challenge poor safety culture
Fully Root Cause Investigations and find the real root
causes not just the underlying causes
Thank you for your time ladies and gentlemen

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