Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2016

Proceedings magazine is a communication tool for the Coast Guard's Marine Safety & Security Council. Each quarterly magazine focuses on a specific theme of interest to the marine industry.

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31 Spring 2016 Proceedings www.uscg.mil/proceedings In the world of safety management, one must never become complacent or satisfed with the status quo. Accidents will happen, so it's imperative to keep moving forward with safety-related activities and programs that will deliver ever- improving results. Along these lines, and in an effort to go beyond regulatory compliance, reduce risk, and seek con- tinuous improvement, the PVA has worked to develop a voluntary safety management system (SMS) program called "Flagship," which is tailored especially to passenger vessel operators and scalable to operations of all sizes. The goal is to achieve an enhanced level of safety and environmental compliance through a proactive culture of continuous pro- cess improvement. Why Look at Safety Management Systems? There's no denying that any incident garnering media atten- tion on a vessel shakes up public opinion of the passenger Today's U.S.-fagged domestic passenger vessel industry is one of the safest modes of transportation in the United States. This is a testament to the professionalism of vessel operators as well as their commitment to maintaining a con- sistently high standard of safety for passengers and crew. Though no injury or fatality is acceptable, this industry record is particularly significant, especially when you consider that according to the Passenger Vessel Associa- tion (PVA), the U.S. passenger vessel industry safely car- ries more than 200 million passengers each year. How did the passenger vessel industry develop such a record? The answer is simple — through broad recognition across all U.S. passenger vessel industry segments regarding the impor- tance of safety, developing safety and training programs that work, and creating an atmosphere where all employees work toward a common safety goal. Making the Safe, Safer Implementing safety management systems on domestic passenger vessels. by mR. eRiC P. ChRisTensen Director of Regulatory Affairs and Risk Management Passenger Vessel Association Vessel Inspections What is a Safety Management System? A safety management system is a structured and docu- mented system enabling shoreside and vessel personnel to efectively implement company safety and environmental protection policies. It is a coordinated, comprehensive set of processes that help a company to most efciently and efec- tively manage safety and environmental operations. A safety management system combines management p rocesses into one cohesive structure to achieve an enhanced level of safety and environmental compliance through a proactive culture of continual process improvement. A safety management system must contain the following functional standards and performance elements: ✔ a safety and environmental protection policy; ✔ instruction and procedures to ensure safe operation of the vessels and protection of the environment, in compliance with relevant rules and regulations; ✔ defned levels of authority and defned lines of communi- cation between and among shore and vessel personnel; ✔ procedures for reporting accidents and nonconformi- ties; ✔ procedures to prepare for and respond to emergencies; and ✔ procedures for internal audits and management reviews.

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