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Seahealth-drawings fronting a Near miss campaign

The InterManager organisation is endeavouring to raise international awareness of nearmisses and their importance Near-misses are an important tool for preventing accidents and injuries.


Herning Shipping

I find it hard to see why a shipmate getting injured should be acceptable! This is how Herning Shipping's new manager, Lars Vang Christensen, has been introducing meetings with his officers ever since he started as the Chief Executive of the company a year ago.

Near miss - a good start but still a long way

Dealing with near-misses is all about facing up to the prejudices and obstacles that are getting in the way of what Dr Morten Vinter who heads up the Danish Maritime Occupational Health Service calls "the biggest factor in preventing industrial accidents that is left in Danish shipping".

Mooring - do it safely!

SEAHEALTH issues guidance on mooring.

“Yes, we do need guidance on mooring. It can help draw attention to the risks involved in a job and that they should be taken seriously.”

Gert Bjerre, master in the Royal Arctic Line, who calls at one or two harbours every day on his route covering seven or eight towns in Greenland, acknowledges the initiative and the upcoming guidance.

Practice makes perfect

For Capt. Dick Simon Danielsen good management is to take the drills seriously and follow-up so they become learnt by heart, especially for being prepared for unforeseen situations


Safety starts with attitudes and details

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Good seamenship must not die out

Safety awareness, safety and management and no-blame culture are some of the relatively new concepts which we have started to come across in the Danish shipping sector.

Most of them we have known about for many years. It was just called something different then. We used to talk about good seamanship which basically covers the same ground. But we should look after the concept of good seamanship since it definitely contains a wealth of knowledge, things we need to know, and is part of the seaman’s professional pride.

Everyone is responsible for safety

The number of industrial accidents of Board Danish is falling. Again in 2005, numbers of accidents fell compared to previous years. There are probably many explanations for this. Equipment is much better and systems have been introduced which help towards the positive trend.

Near miss

In 2006, ship-owners DFDS filed 24 near-miss reports for their 13 vessels. In the first five months of  this year, they received 55 near-miss reports. A marked increase which indicates that the company’s noblame culture has begun to break through.


However that is not the most important reason for the increase, thinks operations manager Robert Nielsen.


A kinked wire and a loose tank

A wire was kinked when a lifeboat was being hoisted aboard during a drill. No one noticed.


When the boat was hoisted, the inner core of the wire broke but the wire held and the boat and its crew of three came aboard safely. You do not need much imagination to think what might have happened if the wire had snapped!