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Drydocks World -- Dubai (DDW-D), the largest ship repair,
conversion and new building yard in the Middle East region,
has been the recipient of the British Safety Council's (BSC)
Sword of Honour for the sixth year in a row.
The award was given in recognition of the consistent success
the Dubai yard has achieved in applying internationally accepted
The Sword of Honour scheme, now in its thirtieth year,
recognises organisations that have implemented safety systems that
are among the best in the world. Only organisations that achieve
the maximum rating of five stars in the council's Five Star Health
and Safety Management System Audit are eligible to apply.
DDW-D is one of 40 organisations across the world that
receive this honour annually.
"To be among only 40 organisations in the world to receive the
sword is a rare honour," said Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of
DDW-D, in receiving the sword from Nina Wrightson OBE,
Chairman of Trustees, BSC, at a ceremony held recently at the
Goldsmiths Hall in London.
"It motivates us to work harder to build on what has been
achieved to date. The yard reaffirms commitment towards
promoting best practice in safety management."
Sixth sword of honour for Drydocks World -- Dubai
Nawal Saigal, Managing Director of DDW-D (left), and colleagues after
receiving the British Safety Council's Sword of Honour award at a ceremony
held recently at the Goldsmiths Hall in London
The number of human-caused accidents involving
Greek-flagged vessels has declined by 12.2 per cent since the
introduction of the ISM code in 1998.
However, despite its positive impact on the most vulnerable
vessel types -- tankers and Ro-Pax vessels -- the code has failed to
have a strong impact in restricted water navigation accidents.
Analysing worldwide accident data from 1993 to 2006, Dr Ernestos
Tzannatos of the University of Piraeus, found that navigation in
restricted waters remains implicated in most human-induced
accidents. After 1998, twice as many human-induced accidents
occurred within restricted waters as in open waters.
Over the entire period, over half (57.1 percent) of all accidents
were attributed to human elements, and of the accidents
attributable to errors onboard, 80.4 percent involved the master.
This rate dropped only slightly after the introduction of the ISM
code indicating that the overall post-ISM reduction in accidents
was the result of fewer errors by bridge officers, engine officers,
crew and shipping companies, rather than masters. Most (85.6
percent) of the masters' errors were their sole responsibility.
Human errors outside the ship were attributable to port or
pilot in most cases (35 and 25 percent respectively), followed by
pirates or terrorism, classification society and shipping company
operational shortcomings. These accidents typically involved
technical failures, fire/explosion, capsize or cargo shift.
The ISM preamble closes with the statement: "The cornerstone
of good safety management is commitment from the top. In
matters of safety and pollution prevention it is the commitment,
competence, attitudes and motivation of individuals at all levels
that determines the end result."
Decline in human-caused Greek shipping accidents
51.7 per cent of all accidents involving Greek-flagged vessels between 1993
and 2006 were attributable to human elements. Of these, 78.5 per cent were
attributable to errors onboard
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