Industry-changing safety technology recognised by UK P&I Club

Thomas Miller Gala Dinner, Santosh Godhi, Dr Grahaeme Henderson. Credit: UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club has celebrated the development of three industry-changing safety technologies through its ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ global maritime competition. The three winning entries were announced at its 150th Gala Dinner in London on 4 July.

According to the UK P&I Club, more than 200 entries were received for the competition from across the globe. Entrants to the competition were encouraged to develop innovative, industry-changing ideas with a focus on improving safety at sea.

The aim of the awards was to engage with the young in shipping at the start of their maritime career to foster their talent, as well as raise awareness and encourage them to think about how safety at sea could be improved. As such, only entrants under 30 years of age and those studying at a university or maritime training centre, or if currently working at sea or on land could apply, said Hugo Wynn-Williams, chairman of Thomas Miller.

A expert judging panel inclusive of Andrew Bardot, CEO of International Group; Angus Frew, secretary-general of BIMCO; Dr Grahaeme Henderson, vice-president, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company; Nicholas Inglessis, chairman of UK P&I Club; Masamichi Morooka, president & CEO of Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation; Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen, CEO of DNV GL; Esben Poulsson, chairman of International Chamber of Shipping; and Hugo Wynn-Williams, chairman of Thomas Miller progressed ten entries to the final stage before selecting the three winners.

The winner of the competition is a ‘passive’ Deadman Alarm System designed by Puiyush Jian as a cost-effective, simple, and easy-to-install ‘active’ system using a wireless hand-held transmitter.

Muhammad Harith Bin Rahmat, Nurfatin Khairru’nisa Bte Abdul Sha’alam, Muhammad Syahmi Bin Sulaiman, and Nurul Insyirah Binte Bau Bakar’s Safety Locator Assistance Monitoring System technology took the second place. Their technology tracks and monitors the location of individual crew member in high-risk areas, inspired by an aircraft’s black box recorder.

The third place was awarded to ‘The Life Band’ technology, developed by Santosh Godhi, Niranjan Shinde, and Sunil Patil. The Life Band is worn like a wristwatch and uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the ship’s man-overboard system.

The winning entry received the top prize of USD30,000, with second place being awarded USD15,000, and third place USD5,000.