A HEALTHY AND SAFE
As the global leader in maritime LPG, BW LPG’s mission is to deliver clean energy in an environmentally challenged world. Our commitment
to sustainable operations entails being a good corporate citizen in the many countries we operate in. To this end, we have established and
maintained an integrated and holistic approach to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality across our operations. These efforts are
critical to the operational and commercial development of our business.
An integrated sustainability programme
We have established a holistic Health, Safety, Security, Environment
and Quality (HSSEQ) program across our operations.BW LPG’s key
priorities in its sustainability programme are aligned with ten
universal principles of the UN Global Compact.
Safety at BW LPG
BW LPG’s holistic safety management policy is built on the pillars
of training, strong processes and having the right tools. We strive to
provide the safest work environment possible for every employee.
Our safety management policy is made up of the following:
- Clear restrictions on risky work activities.
- Minimising and mitigating identified risks
in hazardous situations.
- Guidance from shipboard management teams
on safe work practices.
- Safety training programmes and drills to
prepare seafarers for challenges.
We improved our safety records in 2016, as we recorded a 12 month
average Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) of 0.59, a reduction from
0.75 in 2015. The Total Recordable Case Frequency (TRCF) has seen a
reduction to 1.32 from 1.95 in 2015.
“The most important element of Zero Harm is the
human element. There is a fundamental drive to
always have safety at top of our minds. Managing
behaviour is critical for the success of Zero Harm.”
Senior Vice President, BW LPG Technical and Operations
Zero Harm Initiative
Zero Harm is an organisation-wide
safety campaign at BW LPG. Its goal is to
ensure safety remains the priority across
our operations. At BW LPG, we believe
the human element, training and
communication are critical requirements
for the success of the campaign and for
raising safety awareness.
BW LPG CEO Martin Ackermann and BW LPG SVP, Technical and Operations, Pontus Berg onboard VLGC BW Carina with
Senior leaders are engaged and
committed to our work on safety –
visible in all staff contact at sea and on
- Management supports Zero Harm
- Ship visits from Senior Management
- On board safety meetings with ship crew
- A fair culture
Learning from Incidents
We strengthen our systems in safety
management and risk awareness
continually, by applying learning from
- Case studies/ Reflective learning
- Upgraded safety equipment & PPE
- Root cause analysis (by TapRoot ©)
- Training adapted to workplace
- Using Near Miss Reports as training
Zero Harm Behaviours
We understand the importance to
address both procedures and behaviours
- Behavioural competencies
- Resilience/ Reflective learning
- Safety campaigns & initiatives
- Risk assessment/ Change
- Navigational competence
- Work/ Rest hour management
At BW LPG, we are committed to protect the security of our seafarers, vessels and cargo. Our counter-piracy strategy is guided by the principle of defence and we have measures in place to deter attacks and safeguard the well-being of crew on board. We were one of the first ship operators to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, which contains rules and requirements for carriers and terminals to significantly improve vessel and port security against international terrorism.
“Maritime security is a commitment we take very seriously; keeping our seafarers out of harm’s way, protecting our assests and keeping customer’s cargo safe.”
Vice President, BW LPG Operations
BW LPG’s fleet security team follows a set of rigorous operational procedures, and relies on a number of intelligence resources to evaluate the risk of sea routes, and provide guidance on the most strategic route of travel.
- To professionally handle the many transits through High Risk Areas (HRAs), we have a designated Global Head of Security responsible for monitoring and acting on security matters impacting seafarers and the fleet.
- All vessels transiting high-security areas follow a set of regularly updated guidelines which respect various reporting requirements as defined by the UK Maritime Trade Organisations, the Maritime Security Centre (Horn of Africa), various national authorities, flag states and charterers.
- Anti-piracy gear, such as razor wire and water hoses, are fitted on board vessels to deter hostile boarding.
- We employ ex-navy seals and royal marine guards onboard our vessels, who train our seafarers on handling dangerous and high security situations.
- Our vessels comply with international and flag state security requirements.
- BW LPG complies with BMP 4 for planning, entering, transiting and exiting HRAs in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.
- Voyages in areas of concern are based on decisions made using formal risk assessments.