The Safety at Sea awards are now open for entries for 2019, with two new categories launched: Best Emerging Safety Solution and Best Port Safety Programme. The awards are held to recognise and celebrate the considerable efforts made to raise safety standards in the shipping industry, both at sea and on shore.
“This year, we felt it was important to give companies who are working on prototypes or early stage projects a chance to gain recognition for their efforts with the new Best Emerging Safety Solution award, as well as recognising the important role ports play in the wider maritime safety network with our Best Port Safety Programme award,” said Tanya Blake, editor of Safety at Sea.
“We urge companies and individuals working in the maritime industry to enter or nominate your project, product or organisation and receive the acknowledgement you deserve for your efforts. I’d especially like to encourage seafarers to nominate themselves and their fellow crew to enter the Crew of the Year award – all too often the daily efforts of seafarers, the backbone of the industry, are overlooked.”
The 2018 Safety at Sea awards received 81 entries in 11 categories from 68 companies, topping 2017’s figures. The event, held on 18 October in London, had 200 members of the shipping industry in attendance, including the secretary-general of the International Maritime Organization, Kitack Lim and the UK Minister for Shipping, Nusrat Ghani.
Speaking at last year’s Safety at Sea awards, Minister Nusrat Ghani said, “Better safety measures makes seafaring a more attractive career, bringing in vital talent to the sector. Generating investment, jobs, and growth, and ultimately it saves lives.
“Looking at the shortlist for [this year’s] awards ceremony gives me hope. It proves how hard the industry is already working and highlights again the importance of innovation in driving improvement.”
Safety at Sea will also once again be partnering with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to host its annual Amver awards as part of the evening’s ceremony on Tuesday 10 September, during London International Shipping Week.
Amver – Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System – is a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the USCG.
Safety at Sea has been a longtime supporter of Amver, with the SAS International Amver Award, established in 1997, which recognises “outstanding seamanship by the crew of a participating Amver ship in assisting those in peril on the sea”, while the Amver participation award recognises vessels that have made themselves available for search and rescue throughout the previous year.
To view the full list of award categories for 2019 and submit your entry click here. The closing date for entries is 1 May 2019.
The 2018 Safety at Sea award winners by category are:
Best Crew Safety Development Programme: GasLog
Safety Conscious Employer/ Ship Operator of the Year: Eaglestar
Crew of the Year: Crew of MV National Glory 2017, Crowley Global Ship Management
Shoreside Team of the Year: Shoreside staff and vessel crew of the MV El Coqui, Crowley Global Ship Management
Best Safety Product of the Year (hardware and software package): Joint winners Hatecke, Hook Monitoring System and MARSS, MOBtronic man overboard detection system
Best Safety Product of the Year (hardware): Daniamant, ODEO Distress Flare
Best Safety Service of the Year: Inmarsat, Fleet Safety
Best Security Product or Service of the Year: Gray Page, DFENCE Vessel Perimeter Protection System
Best Crew Welfare Programme/Campaign: Sailor’s Society, Wellness at Sea e-learning
Unsung Hero: Manoj Joy, Port Chaplain, Chennai, Sailor’s Society
Amver award for Seamanship: C/S Albatros, managed by V Ships Leisure
Lifetime Achievement: Grahaeme Henderson, vice-president of shipping and maritime at Shell International Trading and Shipping