Hamburg, 19 May 2016. Members of the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) held their first biannual meeting in 2016 from 12th to 13th May in Hamburg at the premises of Hamburg Süd.
The main topic on the agenda was the elaboration of a strategic roadmap for the forum covering the next five years. Besides continuous benchmarking, best practice sharing and identification of specific risk areas on container ships, the agreed strategy includes a long term goal of developing a CSSF standard focusing on Health, Safety, Environmental and Navigational practices for container ships. A working group was established to compile suggestions for an appropriate format and scope of such standard before the next members’ meeting.
Furthermore, the members concluded the final discussions and approved the 2015 CSSF Performance Report. According to the report the CSSF’s Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF, as per OCIMF Definitions) for 2015 was 1.38. The performance report also includes data for the members’ performance during Port State Control (PSC) inspections. The average number of deficiencies per PSC Inspection was 1.08 in 2015 for the CSSF members’ vessels.
P&I Club Skuld Hamburg and the law firm Fleet Hamburg supported the meeting with a lecture on legal implications of communicating “lessons learnt” from incidents. They also hosted a dinner for the CSSF Members after the first meeting day.
The Forum plans to hold its second biannual Members’ Meeting in Limassol (Cyprus) in November 2016 for two days. Traditionally one day will be open for interested representatives from Container Shipping Companies to participate as observers.
Launched in 2014, the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) is a global business-to-business network aiming to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. In order to achieve this, CSSF members collaborate through measurement, reporting and benchmarking as well as sharing best practices and engaging with industry stakeholders.
As of January 2016 the CSSF represents one third of the TEU Capacity of the global container ship fleet.