British Shipping Safety Awareness Awards 2012


The prize giving ceremony for the British Shipping Safety Awareness Awards 2012 took place this afternoon at the UK Chamber. Director-General Mark Brownrigg hosted, welcoming guests to the 18th annual awards for cadets and trainee ratings in the Merchant Navy.

Cadets from Fleetwood Nautical College and Warsash Maritime Academy were rewarded for their innovative safety ideas, winning cash prizes for three projects that offered the best contribution for potential improvements in safety at sea. Captain Ian McNaught, Deputy Master of award sponsor Trinity House, presented the prizes. David Squire, Chairman of the Merchant Navy Training Board, also said a few words.

This year’s winning entry was from Andrew Kingshott, a Foundation Degree engineer cadet sponsored by Maersk. Andrew's project – the International Identification of Oxygen Depletive Areas and Entry - puts forward a measure of identification of enclosed spaces and increasing awareness of enclosed space entry. The design of the system incorporates a bespoke paint pattern to be put onto areas of access to enclosed spaces and a method by which the bridge and engine control room can see the status of access to them.

Andrew started training in September 2010 and is due to complete his cadetship in April 2013. His college time was spent at Warsash Maritime Academy and John Bazley collected their award.

Second place went to Samuel Wright, a Trinity House sponsored deck cadet on the Foundation Degree programme. Samuel's project, Giving Enclosed Entry a Green Light, suggests a coloured light system which states the safety level at each entrance to a potentially hazardous area.

The third placed prize went to Nicholas Chubb who started training in January 2011 and is also sponsored by Trinity House. He is a deck cadet on the Foundation Degree programme and is due to finish training in December 2013. Nicholas's project – Passenger and Crew Monitoring System/MOB Alarm, proposed a Man Overboard (MOB) system that is small, cheap, discreet and has unlimited user capacity; using Radio Frequency Identification technology, and which can be used by crew and passengers alike.

Samuel and Nicholas both attended Fleetwood Nautical College and Tony Dumbell collected the colleges second and third place awards.

Mark Brownrigg closed proceedings by thanking Trinity House for their sponsorship, the judges for their time and reiterating the importance of the event in raising awareness amongst seafarers of the crucial and constant need for new and innovative safety procedures.

He stated, “I hope next year’s awards attract more entries than ever, going further to ensure understanding of good safety practices amongst cadets and reflecting how serious an issue innovation and good practice are to the industry as a whole.”

Images from today's ceremony can be viewed on the UK Chamber's Flickr account.