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NI Alert project wins Initiative Award

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Captain Nikos Aslanis

04.10.17 – The Nautical Institute is proud to announce that its long-running human element project Alert! has won the 2017 Safety4Sea Initiative Award.

From 2003 to 2016, 40 issues of the highly acclaimed Alert! international human element bulletin were published and no fewer than 2.5 million copies distributed worldwide, thanks to funding by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Alert! has been widely recognised as a major contributor to better understanding of the human element in the maritime world.

Captain Nikos Aslanis, chairman of The Nautical Institute’s Hellenic Branch, accepted the honour on behalf of the Institute at the awards ceremony on 3 October at the Yacht Club of Greece in Piraeus. He said:

Captain Nikos Aslanis holding the award

“The Alert! material belongs to us all and forms a great industry resource that should enhance all of our operational endeavours, from the initial design of a ship through to its recycling. It offers practical advice from professionals all over the world on issues as diverse as design and maintenance to communications and wellbeing – for it is when all these issues come together that a ship becomes truly ‘fit for purpose’ and therefore safe and effective.”

Although production of the bulletin ended in 2016, the legacy of the project continues. In July, the Institute issued the Alert! Compendium. This handsome, full-colour case bound volume brings together all 350 articles that were published over the project’s 13-year run.

The Institute has pledged to place a copy of the Compendium in every maritime training college in the world, to ensure that this vital information is accessible to all, from seafarers, ship managers and shipowners to naval architects, designers and regulators. The fully indexed book also includes the Human Element Competencies Framework that has been submitted to IMO. Additional copies can be purchased from the Institute’s online bookshop.

Further materials, including 21 instructional videos and 250 papers and presentations, are available on the Alert! website at www.he-alert.org

In addition to the Safety4Sea Initiative Award, Alert! previously gained industry recognition with the 2004 Seatrade Award, the 2005 RINA Ship Safety Award and the 2012 Lloyd’s List Global Award for Training.

For more information please contact Martin Fothergill, Marketing and Communications Manager, The Nautical Institute +44 (0)20 7928 1351, mgf@nautinst.org


The Alert! Project – launched in October 2003 – was set up to improve the awareness of the human element in the maritime industry. This is a Nautical Institute project, sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Foundation. Further information about the human element awareness initiative, electronic copies of Alert!, the videos and the reference library can be found at www.he-alert.org

The Nautical Institute is the international representative body for maritime professionals and others with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it is a thriving international professional body, with over 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in more than 110 countries. See more at: www.nautinst.org

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation: Connecting science, safety and society
The Lloyd’s Register Foundation is a UK charity, established in 2012, which funds the advancement of engineering-related education and research and supports work that enhances safety of life and property. It is funded partly by the profits of its trading arm, Lloyd’s Register Group Limited, a global engineering, technical and business services organisation.

Its vision is to be known worldwide as a leading supporter of engineering-related research, training and education that makes a real difference in improving the safety of the critical infrastructure on which modern society relies. In support of this, it promotes scientific excellence and acts as a catalyst working with others to achieve maximum impact.

The Lloyd’s Register Foundation’s strategy for 2014-2020 focuses funding on four strategic themes: promoting safety and public understanding of risk; advancing skills and education; supporting excellent scientific research; and accelerating the application of research. Four research themes have been prioritised: structural integrity and systems performance; resilience engineering; human and social factors; and emergent technologies. See more at: www.lrfoundation.org.uk/strategy

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