Categories for the Safety at Sea Awards 2020

The Safety at Sea Awards recognises those who improve seafarer competence and risk management.

 

Reasons to Enter:
1. Establish your business as an industry leader and increase brand awareness within the maritime industry
2. Shortlisted and winning companies will receive extensive promotion in the lead up to and beyond the awards through both online and offline campaigns to Safety at Sea’s substantial maritime audience
3. Showcase your innovative and outstanding achievements and differentiate yourself from your competitors

Best Crew Training Programme


This category recognises any standout training programmes created or run by a shipowner/operator or subsidiary that develops seafarer skills and ensures that crew comply with industry best practice and global regulation. These encompass any training/safety awareness initiatives or events that have notably improved crew safety practices or attitudes, either onshore or aboard ship. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Evidence of improved work practices/safety culture (including reduction in accidents) as a result of this training programme (25 points) Information about the impact of this programme on recruitment/retention (25 points) - Evidence of this programme being a unique/novel response to a new or existing safety challenge that has been impacting day-to-day work operations (25 points) - Your chosen method to assess effectiveness of the programme, including feedback from crew or audits of programme impact (25 points) - Bonus: Information about any efforts undertaken to boost relevance/accessibility of content to multiple ranks, nationalities, age groups, stakeholders and widen the impact of the training (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Crew of the Year


This award celebrates crew that have consistently put safety first, and thus helped inspire others to adhere to best practice - or that have gone above and beyond the call of duty in the name of safety. Entries could outline participation in a rescue, timely intervention to avoid catastrophe, or an innovative approach to ship safety or efficient ship operations. This award will single out a team of seafarers whose actions are a leading example of courage, quick-thinking and/or safety savvy. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Evidence of a ‘safety first’ approach in day-to-day operations (25 points) - Evidence of best practice including willingness to learn from near misses (25 points) Information about improvements to work practices/processes/SMS with details of any feedback loop learning (25 points) - Evidence of good teamwork and communication across all ranks (25 points) - BONUS: An example of innovation/originality/courage/quick thinking in dealing with a safety challenge – going above the call of duty (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Shoreside Team of the Year


Seafarers rely on shoreside support for decision making and assistance with compliance. This category recognises the efforts of the shoreside team whose actions or interventions have set a safety benchmark for the rest of the industry. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Evidence of the team taking a ‘safety first’ approach in day-to-day operations (25 points) Information about improved work practices that may have resulted from the team’s please iactions (25 points) - Evidence of improving and advocating for safety and security culture for crew/wider company (25 points) Information about the impact of the team’s efforts on recruitment/retention/training (25 points) - Bonus: Any evidence of the team going above and beyond the call of duty to ensure safe ship operations (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Maritime Employer of the Year


This award is designed to celebrate any companies in the maritime sector - including ship operators and owners, charities, technology providers, equipment manufacturers and more - whose commitment to safety and excellent working practices sets them apart from industry rivals. Areas of assessment include: staff investment, employee support programmes and wellbeing initiatives, adherence to global regulations, evidence of an excellent safety record and examples of best practice or industry-leading safety programmes. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Evidence of management commitment to improving safety in shipping, particularly if their actions increase capital/operating costs but are seen as a worthwhile expense (25 points) - Information about consistent or exemplary efforts to boost employee morale including proof of exemplary employee engagement (25 points) - Details of any programmes to support overall wellbeing of staff and/or wider community (25 points) Proof of a concerted effort to invest in training, career progression and retention of staff (25 points) - BONUS: Please share the overall USP of the approach taken to improve safety by outlining an example of innovation/originality/industry best practice to improve safety. If you had a major incident that you felt was dealt with in an effective manner or developed a response to protect crew during the COVID-19 pandemic, please also submit information. (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Best Safety Service of the Year


The winning service in this category must demonstrate an innovative and original development that has the potential to improve safety on board and/or on shore. This service must have been launched or re-launched between May 1st 2019 to 30th April 2020 Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Information about the intended or proven improvement to safety or work processes for crew from use of the service (25 points) - Information about how the service resolves a pressing safety issue not currently dealt with in the market, or tackles an existing problem in a new/novel way (25 points) - Evidence of efforts to make the service user friendly in a real working environment (please include information of any consultation in the development phase by experts with operational experience or testing by actual crew) (25 points) - Details about potential/proven compatibility with existing safety systems/maritime environments (examples would include installation without extensive retrofitting, software compatibility etc) (25 points) - BONUS: If your service exceeds safety regulations, was used in a major incident, or beats competitors when it comes to overall value, please provide information an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Best Safety Product of the Year


This category aims to reward a new safety product or an existing product that has been improved and relaunched. The winning entry must demonstrate an innovative and original development that has the potential to improve safety on board or onshore. Entries are sought from manufacturers of life saving appliances, monitoring systems, communications technology or services that protect life or the vessel. This product must have been launched or re-launched between May 1st 2019 to 30th April 2020 Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Information about the intended or proven improvement to safety or work processes for crew from use of the product (25 points) - Information about how the product resolves a pressing safety issue not currently dealt with in the market, or tackles an existing problem in a new/novel way (25 points) - Evidence of efforts to make the product user friendly in a real working environment (please include information of any consultation in the development phase by experts with operational experience or testing by actual crew) (25 points) - Details about potential/proven compatibility with existing safety systems/maritime environments (examples would include installation without extensive retrofitting, software compatibility etc) (25 points) - BONUS: If your product exceeds safety regulations, was used in a major incident, or beats competitors when it comes to overall value, please provide information an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Best Emerging Safety Solution


This award looks to identify a new innovative product, service, or programme that shows great promise to improve maritime safety. The solution must have had at least one round of testing between 1st May and 30th April 2020. It must not be commercially available at the time of submitting the entry. This solution may still be in prototype, or early stages of development and addresses a gap in maritime safety. Please note that judges will need evidence of testing or any market feedback you have received on the solution. Entries can include research projects and we encourage you to attach patent information to assist the judges to better understand your solution. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with: - Information about how the solution addresses a safety gap in the market/or resolves existing one in a new/novel way (25 points) - Evidence of efforts to make the solution user friendly in a real working environment (please include information of any consultation in the development phase by experts with operational experience or plans of how it will be tested by actual crew) (25 points) - Details about the product/service development plan. Please provide information regarding the development and intended testing phases of the product as the judges are looking to assess how robust this plan is. (25 points) - Information about the potential/proven compatibility with existing safety systems/maritime environments. Include any details about how easy it will be for existing vessels and crew to install and use the product without operational upheaval (eg installation without extensive retrofitting, details of software compatibility, ease of access through existing distribution network, etc) (25 points) - BONUS: please outline the potential long-term impact on safety and shipping sectors as well as the wider supply chain (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Best Crew Wellbeing Programme


This category recognises a standout wellbeing programme or campaign that has helped protect crew physical or mental health or one that has raised awareness of important issues impacting the wellbeing, and ultimately the safety, of crew in the industry. Examples could include mental health support, physical health initiatives, anti-bullying campaigns or seafarer family support. Please ensure your entry supplies the judges with:
- Information about how this programme resolves a pressing wellbeing issue not currently dealt with in the market or an existing one in a new/novel way (25 points) - Evidence of the programme having a positive impact on crew wellbeing with either testimonials from crew or data about reduced incidents, etc (25 points) - Outline how this programme raises awareness of existing wellbeing issues in shipping or creates broader public awareness (25 points) - Provide tangible details of how the programme promotes/encourages industry best practice or has spurred changes to the regulatory framework (25 points) - Bonus: Please provide information if your programme has evolved in response to seafarer feedback such that it now better suits their wellbeing needs or if your programme has been adapted or created in direct response to delivering wellbeing service to crew during the COVID-19 pandemic (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)




Safety hero of the year


This award recognises an individual in any maritime role that has, over the past year, made a significant contribution to crew wellbeing and safe ship operations or gone above and beyond the call of duty to support colleagues at sea or shoreside, with the aim of raising safety standards or protecting/educating crew from/about safety risks. The award will be given to an individual meeting the following criteria: - Evidence that their actions have had a positive impact on improving the safety/security/wellbeing of colleagues at sea/shoreside or for those in the wider maritime industry. This can include changes that have been made to work procedures as a direct result of their actions and first-hand accounts of how their actions have helped crew or other staff (50 points) - Evidence of raising awareness of safety/security/wellbeing issues in shipping in their own organisation or to wider audiences. This can include any materials they may have made to support their work/disseminate their message (50 points) - BONUS: An example of innovation/originality/courage/quick thinking in dealing with a safety challenge – going above the call of duty (an extra 10 points for this bonus category)





Entry Criteria:

Qualification period – May 1st 2019 to 30th April 2020

 

The judges will award points based on specific criteria for each award. There are four criteria per category which have 25 points assigned to each of them, as well as a bonus criterium which can allow for an additional 10 points (the latter information is optional). Please note that entries will be awarded zero points for any criteria that they do not address.

Click on the award to view the full entry criteria and submit your FREE entry before Tuesday 30th June.