Enhanced safety with DNV GL’s new survey reports

22 Mar 2016
Paal Johansen, vice president and regional director of Division Americas at DNV GL – Maritime

Paal Johansen, vice president and regional director of Division Americas at DNV GL – Maritime

Classification society DNV GL has introduced a new form of reporting that is said to revolutionise survey reporting for fleet managers.

Drawing on DNV GL's experience with barrier management in the offshore oil and gas industry, the newly structured report defines safety barriers and trends.

Survey data from 23 cruise ships was included in the pilot programme which was run in collaboration with a major cruise line. The test enabled the project partners to identify and present high-impact risk control measures efficiently allowing the customer to easily measure the effectiveness of risk-control actions.

“At DNV GL, we are always looking for ways we can help our customers standardize their operations for greater efficiency and safety,” said Paal Johansen, vice president and regional director of Division Americas at DNV GL – Maritime.

“This new barrier management reporting system has emerged from cross-industry research and development that is continually taking place at DNV GL and will help our customers make the most of the data they are already generating.

“This pilot programme is an excellent example of how working together with our key customers can help to create more value from their data, without adding complexity or additional processes.”

The new reporting programme sorts each finding according to a system of safety barriers and then classifies each finding with a severity rating. It uses a colour coding scheme that illustrates the degree to which a finding impacts a safety barrier’s functionality.

Each report delivers an executive summary of findings for the shore-side management teams. This includes a fleet score which is used as input for tracking safety over time and measuring the effect of risk-reducing measures; a list of the most vulnerable barrier elements fleet-wide; and a list of the ten most vulnerable ships in the fleet, and how they are performing on the most vulnerable barrier elements.

The basis for the reports is the Passenger Ship Safety Certificate (PSSC) surveys. These surveys are extensive, typically involving two or three surveyors who live and work on board the cruise ship for up to a week.

PSSC surveys check technical systems and give surveyors the opportunity to discuss all aspects of major accident risk with the officers and crew. The main findings and conditions are captured in the report following the survey. In-depth knowledge-sharing from these surveys takes place at daily meetings and walk-throughs between surveyors and officers.

The practical format of the reports is said to be critical in allowing fleet management teams to accurately determine future safety measures. DNV GL believes that traditional survey reports provide important information but these alone make it difficult to identify safety trends across the whole fleet.

DNV GL unveiled the new report at the annual Seatrade Cruise Global 2016 conference in Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

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