Regular ship safety, environmental and domestic inspections are undertaken and in depth audits are carried out, both internally by Tarmac Marine staff and by external parties like the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Crew members must carry out numerous safety simulations on board like fire and lifeboat drills to ensure that in the unlikely event of an emergency at sea, the correct procedures are followed using well tested equipment.
Deck officers and engineers have certificates of competency issued by the MCA and renewed every five years. Able seamen must have navigational watch rating certificates. All sea staff must have mandatory safety certificates as defined in the Standards of Training Certification and Watch keeping for seafarers.
Regular safety meetings are held on board involving all crew members. Working practices are under constant review, written risk assessments are needed for a wide range of tasks and permits to work are needed for specific tasks involving for example isolation of machinery and electrical equipment.
A “Safer by Competence” NVQ initiative covering dredging skills now supplements the general qualifications already required for seafarers.
The ships run under the comprehensive Code of Safe Working Practices for Seafarers, updated annually by the Marine and Coastguard Agency. In addition, there are a diverse range of international maritime rules, eg MARPOL for pollution control and SOLAS for safety of life at sea, all defined under the IMO, the International Maritime Organisation.
Like the fleet of ships, Tarmac Marine’s wharves are fully integrated into the safety management systems of the wider company.