The UK Chamber of Shipping has today announced three new adopters to its new Safety Culture Charter.

 The International Nuclear Services (INS), North Star Shipping and Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines have all become the latest organisations to adopt the Charter which aims to reduce the number of accidents and incidents at sea.

 The new Charter, which has already been nominated for a Lloyds List Safety Award, was launched by Shipping Minister Nusrat Ghani during London International Shipping Week. It takes the total number of companies who have adopted the Charter to 23, representing nearly 90,000 seafarers and over 1,600 vessels.

 Welcoming the news, Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Bob Sanguinetti said:

 “Improving safety and the culture around safety is a top priority for me and the Chamber and I am delighted to add 3 more members to our new Charter.

 “Too many incidents and accidents still take place at sea and onshore. We need to work together, learn together and share best practice to help ensure the safety of all our seafarers.”

 Every year many hundreds of seafarers are killed or seriously injured due to the dangerous nature of their work.

 To help address this, the Charter was developed after one of the Chamber’s Safety Culture Seminars. It was realised there was a need for a united commitment from the shipping industry’s leadership to help improve the safety culture for those working in the industry. 

 Seth Kybird, Managing Director of INS, said:

 “We’re always looking at ways to improve the safety culture within INS and our subsidiary Pacific Nuclear Transport Ltd.

The UK Chamber’s charter will complement the quality work we already do in this area and we are 100% committed to it.”

 Callum Bruce, Chief Executive from North Star Shipping said:

 “We at North Star are delighted to pledge our support to the UK Chamber of Shipping’s Safety Culture Charter.  We recognise the importance of working together with other shipping companies to further reduce accidents across the entire maritime sector, learning from each other and avoiding unnecessary injury from lessons others can pass on.

 This Charter represents an opportunity for all Shipping Companies to make a step change for the betterment of the entire industry which will provide benefits for years to come.  We look forward to playing a proactive part in this change.”

 Stuart Ferguson, Head of Quality and Resources from Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines said:

 “The safety of our Crew and Guests has always been paramount in the decisions we make at a senior level within Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines. Being part of the UK Chamber of Shipping Safety Culture Charter reinforces our commitment to increase the on board safety and awareness culture while reducing accident / injury rates”

 Read more about the Safety Culture Charter here