The Maritime Safety Award for 2014, given jointly by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Lloyd’s Register, has been presented to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in recognition of the integrated Safety Command Centre on Quantum of the Seas.
The Maritime Safety Award recognises the significant contribution to the improvement of safety at sea or the protection of the marine environment by an organisation or an individual.
When Safety Centres were introduced by the cruise ship industry, the idea felt like an afterthought that was adopted without due consideration being given to its objectives, or the allocation of the resources required for seamless integration into operations. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has addressed this with the introduction of an integrated Safety Command Centre on Quantum of the Seas. The over-riding strategy is simple: take the allocated resources, train them, specialise them and importantly, provide the working environment that can partition and integrate based on need.
The Safety Command centre provides the space where all parties can come together. There, damage assessments can be made, videos from the scene can be displayed, communications with shore side are available, drawings can be brought up, calculations can be made, and both navigation information and a machinery overview are available. The space is designed as a true incident command centre that can be used from the initiation to the time the ship makes it back to port.
RINA Chief Executive, Trevor Blakeley, said: “Nominations for this Award are made by members of the global maritime industry and there can, of course, be no finer recognition than that given by one’s peers. Whilst it is always to be hoped that it will never be used for its intended purpose, the integrated Safety Command Centre provided by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has the potential to make a significant contribution to improving maritime safety, should that need ever occur.”
The Award was presented to Captain Patrik Dahlgren and Clayton Van Welter of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd by Tom Boardley, Marine Director of Lloyd’s Register, at the Institution’s Annual Dinner on 30 April 2015.
About the Award
The Maritime Safety Award, co- sponsored by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Lloyd’s Register, is presented annually to an individual or organisation which has made a significant, technological contributions to the improvement of safety at sea or the protection of the marine environment. Such contributions can have been made either by a specific activity or over a period of time. Individuals and organisations are nominated for this award by members of the global maritime industry. The Award is judged by a panel of members of the Institution and Lloyd’s Register, and is announced and presented at the Institution’s Annual Dinner.
Nominations are now being invited for the 2015 Maritime Safety Award. Individuals may not nominate themselves, although employees may nominate their company or organisation. Nominations may be up to 750 words and should describe the technological contribution to improving safety, which the individual, company or organisation has made in the field of design, construction and operation of maritime vessels and structures. Nominations may be forwarded online at www.rina.org.uk/MaritimeSafetyAward or by email to MaritimeSafetyAward@rina.org.uk to arrive by 31 Dec 2015.
About The Royal Institution of Naval Architects
Founded in 1860 in London to “…advance the art and science of ship design”, the Royal Institution of Naval Architects is today an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, repair and operation of marine vessels and structures in over 90 countries. RINA members are widely represented at all levels in the maritime industry, universities and colleges, and maritime organisations.
Membership of RINA is open to those who are professionally qualified in naval architecture or marine technology, or who are involved or interested in the maritime industry. Membership provides an internationally recognised professional qualification which demonstrates the achievement and commitment to the highest standards of professional competence and integrity. RINA members enjoy a wide range of benefits and services, including advice on education, training and professional development. RINA also publishes a range of technical journals, and organises an extensive programme of international conferences and training courses covering naval architecture and maritime technology.
The Institution is an NGO member of the International Maritime Organization, a member of the International Standards Organisation and a member of the Confederation of European Maritime Technical Societies, where is contributes its collective expertise.
About Lloyd’s Register
Lloyd’s Register works around the world to assess and certify ships, systems and facilities in order to improve quality and increase safety. Working with ship yards, owners and operators, LR provides innovative, value-added solutions that help improve performance and protect the environment throughout the vessel design, construction and operational phases.
Through the early recognition of potential risks, and by helping clients to manage them effectively, improvements to safety and performance can be achieved. Survey feedback helps to ensure that LR Rules and Regulations are calibrated against actual performance, and in-service risks are addressed through services such as ISM certification, operational risk assessments and its 24-hour ship emergency response service, SERS.