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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This issue of Proceedings focuses on the role an effective safety management system (SMS) plays in identifying and mitigating risk to safeguard vessel passengers and crew, protect the marine environment, and prevent damage to the ship and/or its cargo. There has been — and always will be — inherent risk associated with any commercial vessel operation. Within the maritime realm, engineering systems may break down, alarms may fail, expected weather conditions may change, or a crewmember may for- get to perform a task. Any or all of these circumstances may affect — and in fact have affected — vessel safety. For more than 20 years, mariners have relied upon the safety management system to mitigate risk. However, there is concern within the Coast Guard that some areas of the maritime industry still don't accept or appreciate the benef ts of maintaining a safety management system. I'm sure everyone can agree that ignoring or dismissing risk will never end well. As a f rm believer in Murphy's Law, I always remember this quote: "Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong" to focus myself when I am working on a complex project. This reminds me to be fully observant and knowledgeable of the risks involved and to pur- posely determine how they might be removed or mitigated. In my view, Murphy's Law promotes a safety-minded environment by reminding everyone that complacency does not resolve risk, and that safety is everyone's concern. However, clear procedures and processes alone do not add up to an effective SMS. Train- ing has to be an integral part of a safety management system to promote understanding of the processes as well as emphasize the need for communication to ensure that any discrepancies are discovered, resolved, and documented. Finally, everyone within the company — from the boardroom down to the boiler room — must embrace and promote an active safety culture. Without a comprehensive company safety culture, even the best-written, organized, and detailed SMS will not meet expectations, and risk will remain — with the potential to expand. In conclusion, I want to offer my sincere thanks to the all of the authors who submit- ted articles on this important topic. I hope this edition will help readers understand and appreciate what a safety management system can do for a company's operation, as promoting a proactive safety culture is critically important to protect passengers; ships, crew, and cargo; and the environment. Champion's Point of View 5 Spring 2016 Proceedings Editorial Team Barbara Chiarizia Executive Editor Diana Forbes Managing Editor Leslie C. Goodwin Art Director Proceedings is published quarterly in the interest of safety at sea under the auspices of the Marine Safety & Security Council. Special permission for republication, either in whole or in part, except for copyrighted mate- rial, is not required, provided credit is given to Proceedings. The articles contained in Proceed- ings are submitted by diverse public and private interests in the maritime community as a means to promote maritime safety and security. The views expressed by the authors do not necessarily represent those of the U.S. Coast Guard or the Department of Homeland Security or represent off cial policy. Editorial Contact Email: HQS-DG-NMCProceedings@ Mail: Commandant (CG-DCO-84) ATTN: Editor, Proceedings Magazine U.S. Coast Guard Stop 7318 2703 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. S.E. Washington, DC 20593-7318 Web: Phone: (202) 372-2316 Subscription Requests Proceedings is free. Subscriptions by CAPT DAviD m. FLAheRTy Chief, Traveling Inspection Staff U.S. Coast Guard

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