Loss Prevention Committee Meeting September 2016

“Human Factors and Organisational Learning”

Norwegian Hull Club`s Loss Prevention Committee (LPC) had its sixth meeting in September 2016. The committee, established at the request of Norwegian Hull Club’s Board, gathers twice a year to share experiences in loss prevention related issues.

The September meeting’s agenda was “Human Factors and Organisational Learning”.

Casper Meland from Marine Benefits, introduced their program and some of the findings from a questionnaire to seafarers related to health and life style issues. This survey showed that 70% of all illnesses for seafarers are related to lifestyle, and concluded that a higher focus on health and lifestyle on board the ships, results in a safer operation and a lower loss ratio.

Further, Prof. Ståle Pallesen (Bergen University) presented the results of his research work on working / rest hours and sleep and fatigue. He pointed to the negative health effects of long term sleep deprivation and performance efficiency during night time versus day time. Many well-known accidents occurred during night work, when the subject’s level of alertness is lower.

On day two of the meeting, Dr. Organisational Psychologist Helen von Hirsch Maclean held her presentation: “How to drive change & implement the learnings”. From her presentation we learned that the three barriers for organisational changes are Structure, Competence and Culture; and all three must be in place to obtain a lasting change in the organisation. She also highlighted well known factors such as time pressure; changes in operations; non-compliance; lack of leadership involvement; and insufficient risk awareness as main root causes of accidents.

For the final session of the meeting, three of the committee members shared their experience and the lessons learned from recent incidents in their companies:

BW Offshore on the explosion incident on the FPSO “Cidade De Sao Mateus”; Gearbulk on the loss of the bulk carrier “Bulk Jupiter” in the South China Sea; and Hoegh on the listing, flooding and grounding of “Hoegh Osaka” in the UK.

The case studies were followed by group discussions amongst the LPC members regarding how relevant these problems might be for their own organisation, and if the incident could have also happened in their company.

Combining the scientific approach learned from Helen’s presentation and real life experience from other committee members, gives a foundation to participants to implement learnings and improve safety culture in their respective organisations.

The next committee meeting will be held in February 2017.

Questions regarding the committee and its work, can be directed to our Loss Prevention team


5. Dec. 2016