Oct 23

Safety Culture Conference Bristol 2023

In person safety culture conference
Tuesday 3rd & Wednesday 4th October 2023
In person safety culture conference
09:30 - 13:00
Member Ticket Price £250
Non-Member Ticket Price £300
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Bristol Harbour Hotel & Spa
53-55 Corn Street,

The theme for this year’s one and a half day conference will be “Establishing a Learning Culture”, with interactive presentations from experts from inside and outside the maritime sector. Focusing on the four pillars of Together in Safety - leadership, incident prevention, wellbeing and care and collaboration - will be the sub-themes for the conference.

Commenting on the launch of the UK Chamber of Shipping’s safety culture conference Maritime Minister Baroness Vere said: “The UK has rigorous standards that protect seafarers and promote safety in the maritime sector to the highest possible standards.

“It is vital that we continue to embrace a learning culture and recognise the importance of partnerships, especially in an evolving sector with newly emerging cutting-edge technology. The UK Chamber of Shipping’s safety culture conference is a fantastic opportunity to come together and share experience and expertise to prioritise seafarers’ safety, protect the environment and continue to be at the forefront of developments crucial to the prosperity of the maritime sector.”


The Conference Brochure is now available to download below:

Conference Sponsor


UK P&I Club

The UK P&I Club is one of the oldest P&I clubs in the world. It has endured for a century and a half with its continuing focus on mutuality. Providing a superior service to members at cost has always been the Club's central purpose.

Our loss prevention department was one of the earliest in the P&I business, and it remains the most extensive, helping to reduce members' exposure to claims. Other modern initiatives include the in-depth analysis of major claims, conducting on-board risk assessments and sharing training videos with seafarers and shore personnel on lessons learned, drawn from our database.

For a safer tomorrow at sea, we are championing best industry practice and investing in innovation. The UK P&I Club will continue to focus on what it does best: protecting shipping globally, together.
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Bureau Veritas

Bureau Veritas is a Business to Business to Society service company that contributes to positively transforming the world we live in. We work closely with our clients to address the critical challenges they face and to link these to the emerging aspirations of society. We play a pivotal role in building and protecting companies' reputations, supporting them as they forge the foundations of trust that is built to last.


Shell started life as a shipping company in the late 1800s and has had a continuous presence in the industry ever since. Today, Shell Shipping & Maritime is the Group’s centre for maritime expertise, providing commercial, ship management and technology services, along with assurance advice to internal and external customers.

Fathom Safety

As a maritime nation our supply chains are reliant upon safe, efficient port operation and intrinsic to this are our hard working maritime pilots. Our sole aim is to ensure ships are providing compliant pilot ladders so these key workers can safely board vessels and ensure efficient port operations. The UK has always led the way in maritime safety and we are working with the Chamber of Shipping to demonstrate pilot safety and efficiency are two sides of the same coin.

Evening Reception Sponsor


Maritime Skills Academy

At Viking Crew, we are passionate about providing opportunities for appropriately trained, enthusiastic, and committed individuals who are looking to kick start their careers in the maritime industry.

As a part of our “Green Crew Pathway” initiative, Viking will be placing a number of carefully selected and vetted, entry-level Steward/ess, Deckhand, and Chef candidates, who are looking to secure their first role within the yachting industry with our valued and trusted clients. From offering expert training with our Maritime Skills Academy and our close relationship with Exclusive Household staff, we are committed to ensuring these candidates are fully prepared to join such a rewarding industry.

Together we aim to embrace and nurture them to develop into invaluable crew members of the industry for many more years to come.

Tuesday 3rd October 2023

Welcome Registration and Refreshments
Opening: Tim Springett, UK Chamber of Shipping
Introduction – Taking the Temperature: Barry Smith, Wightlink – Chairperson, Safety Culture Working Group
Morning session: Leadership - Psychological safety and the ability to speak up: Phoebe Smith, Health & Safety Executive, Science Division
Coffee Break
How psychological safety is shaping the learning journey: Trish Benson, BP Shipping
Lunch Break
Early afternoon session: Wellbeing and Care - The importance of trust: Tim Marsh, Anker & Marsh
The importance of mental wellbeing to safety culture: Amanda Owen & Gavin Whyte, Heathrow Airport
Afternoon Tea
Late afternoon session: Incident prevention - How How do we stop having the same incidents year on year? Incident causation and breaking the cycle: Stuart Edmonston, UK P&I Club
Investigations and effective learning: Ian Trebinski, V Ships
Together in Safety: Graham Westgarth, UK Chamber of Shipping (President)

Followed by Evening Programme

End of Conference Business - Day 1
Evening Food & Drinks Reception

Day 2: Wednesday 4th October 2023

Opening and review of Day 1: Barry Smith
Morning session: Learning and collaboration - The safety learning cycle: Barry Kirwan, Safemode
Network Rail's safety framework - How we learn and evolve: Rupert Lown, Network Rail
Case Study: Dublin SafePort: Michael McKenna & Gerald Lynch, Dublin SafePort
Coffee Break
Interactive reflective learning session: Learning culture and causal reasoning: Patrick McNeil, Shell
Closing remarks - Graham Westgarth and Barry Smith
End of conference

Located right in the heart of Bristol, The Harbour Hotel offers excellent transport links, luxurious accommodation, an award winning restaurant and bar, exclusive underground spa. Complete with indoor pool, sauna and steam room, hydrotherapy pool and treatment rooms.

The property fuses two iconic former bank buildings offering impeccable style, design and atmosphere. 

Close to the waterfront and within walking distance of pretty much everywhere in the city centre.

Travel Options

The closest station is Bristol Temple Meads Railway Station, which is around  5- 10 minutes away by car. 

London Paddington station 2 hours by train

Bristol Airport 35 mins by car

Heathrow Airport 2.5 hours by car


Please contact the Hotel directly and quote; 2310UKCHAM for the accommodation rate.  Please book early as the below price is only available until 22nd August. 

Tel: 01172034445, then option 1 for the central reservations team or email: bristol@harbourhotels.co.uk 

  • £185.00 per room. Based on double, with single occupancy, bed and breakfast. 

Access to the Spa is included within the bedroom rate, time slots just need to be booked in with the Spa team directly on bristol.spa@harbourhotels.co.uk

Alternative Accommodation:

Please use the hotelmap link provided for alternative live hotel accommodation in Bristol for all budgets.

Parking onsite:

Unfortunately, there is no onsite car parking. However, they offer guests a 20% discount (per every 24-hr period) in the Nelson Street NCP (BS1 3DB).

The hotel is situated on a pedestrianised street, which means there is not the opportunity to pull over and drop bags off your bags. Please park your car before heading to the hotel. The reception team can issue you with your discount ticket on check-in. Make sure you keep hold of your original ticket too! You need both tickets for payment.

For more information about the car park, please visit the NCP website here. Please note, you cannot pre-book a parking space and also receive a parking discount.

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