By TGN Editorial Team
Every seafarer who leaves for work should expect to return home safely because human loss is immeasurable and intolerable hence investing in safety risks and precautions says a lot about a company. The management should, therefore, devote time to think and strategize the things that are required in their company, onboard every vessel and every seafarer to make sure that they are equipped with the right knowledge, skills and equipment to be safe all the time.
Thome Group, as a ship management company having more than 12,000 seafarers, makes sure that its seafarers are provided with the right tools, knowledge, skills and mindset to perform their duties and responsibilities in a safe manner to ensure the welfare of all crews onboard through continuous training, conferences and seminars. Some of our seafarers have given us their opinions on what safety is for them, the safety practices they use in their field of work and their safety message for their fellow seafarers.
What is safety and how does it impact your work as a seafarer?
“Safety is the lifeline in every mariner’s life. Safety does not mean wearing PPE only. It means how we react in an emergency situations thus every individual should be familiar with the use of lifesaving equipments.” – Anil Kumar Khichar, Engine Cadet
“Safe working practice helps in living a healthy life without any losses which could be personal, environmental & property. Safe practice leads to prevention of accidents, harm, danger, damage, loss & pollution and also improves working conditions.” – Aadil Ahmed, Junior Engineer
“Safety is taking care of yourself towards work, doing the work that is given to you with full understanding, putting all of your heart and mind into it” – Darwin I. Santos, Chief Officer
“Safety is part of our daily life, whether onshore or onboard the vessel, always think of safety. Prioritize and do not let your guard down when it comes to safety because safety always starts with us” – Ronaldo B. Garcia, Chief Engineer
Please cite a safety practice that you demonstrated in compliance with safety rules on the vessel?
“Being the safety equipment maintenance officer onboard, I ensure that all safety equipment is well maintained, functional and operational at all times. Readiness of the safety equipment plays an important role with regards to the safety of everyone on board. I check, inspect, exercise, test, lubricate, maintain, arrange, update, clean, report and discuss with the safety officer onboard or even the master, all safety issues and see to it that all our safety related matters and equipment onboard, including posters and IMO symbols, are good enough to optimize our level of safety and readiness whenever unexpected events does happen. That is why ensuring the safety equipment is not only my job but a responsibility shared by the company, the ship but also my fellow seafarers and the loved ones ashore” – John Eric P. Robejes, Third Officer
“One of my favorite shipboard activities is the mooring operation. Prior to commencing, the officer in charge provides the teams involved with a detailed briefing of the task. Throughout the operation, all crew members ensure that the other members of the mooring party are not standing in dangerous areas. Mooring equipment inspections, maintenance and testing is done regularly and prior to every use. Any damaged, defective or otherwise unserviceable piece of mooring equipment found is taken out of service immediately.” – Nathan Farrugia, Deck Cadet
“Considering the safety of my crew and the extreme weather conditions, I did not hesitate to stop the vessel port departure. As a master, I have an overriding authority and made sure to prioritize safety of life, safety of the ship property, and safety of the environment taking into consideration our ship and other vessels in the vicinity” – Joseph V. Sortigosa, Master
What message do you want to impart to your fellow seafarers regarding safety work practice?
“We, as seafarers, have the responsibility to ensure that we safeguard not only our own safety, but also of all the other crew onboard. Life at sea is hectic and most of the
time, it requires us to work over and above our working hours but that extra push from each one of us is keeping us safe at sea. Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it so let’s not take life for granted. Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success. Safety is the engine, and you are the key that starts it.” – Nathan Farrugia, Deck Cadet
“All of us are subject to mistakes and flaws and we get tired. However, it is never an excuse to take our work for granted because one way or another, it will affect all of us; our own selves, our fellow crew, the company, and our families who are waiting for us to come back home. We must be safe and not neglect what our minds know and never compromise safety for ease.” – John Eric P. Robejes, Third Officer
Demonstrating safety onboard vessels as part of a seafarer’s duties and responsibility not only benefits the company but can also save the lives of their fellow seafarers. Safety is a very important factor that affects all elements of the maritime industry and a mariner’s life, so that is why safety is a big part of a company’s success and excellence.