Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Insurance Group Keen to Demonstrate and Instruct to Promote Safety at Sea

Animated Video Gets the Message Across
Shipping News Feature

UK – WORLDWIDE – The old adage that a picture paints a thousand words is still apparently as true today as it ever was, at least as far as the UK P&I Club is concerned as the insurer launches the latest video in a series of award-winning reflective educational training films for all to watch and learn from.

The video, like its siblings, takes an easy to assimilate line by using animation to depict a serious injury inflicted during an operation to check a suspected leak from the main steam dump valve gasket in the engine room. If human actors were employed this would, as so often with these films, prove a hard watch.

Instead the video gets the point across in a matter of fact manner showing clearly how the accident occurred, and yes, these are based on many similar cases of avoidable injuries that plague the shipping industry.

The series of videos provides an interactive training experience with a focus on educating crewmembers on how to mitigate the risk of common marine accidents occurring. Hosted across Thomas Miller websites, the videos are available to view for training purposes by both marine employers and their employees. Stuart Edmonston, Loss Prevention Director at UK P&I Club, said:

“This type of burn injury is typical of the many reported to the UK P&I Club every year. The pipeline hadn’t been properly drained, and pressurised steam and hot water remained in the system. The first engineer’s assumption that the system was safe caused complacency, something that can’t be afforded while working on a ship.

“To prevent these incidents, work on steam or hot fluid systems should be subject to a thorough risk assessment, with proper information being shared between team members as to the status of an operation. Promoting industry-wide safety standards is our key focus and the Club hopes these interactive training videos help improve safety at sea, reducing the frequency of preventable and tragic incidents.”

You can watch the video, along with others in the series HERE.