Safety is a non-negotiable priority
At BW LPG, the Health and Safety of our employees and crew are non-negotiable. Zero Harm is an organisation-wide safety campaign at BW LPG with the goal to ensure that safety remains the top priority across all our operations. We apply our competence and experience in commercial management and operations to bring energy safely to the world markets. We aim to provide the best value services in our industry through outstanding operating efficiency, but always keeping safety at the top of our agenda.
Based upon three strategic pillars, our Zero Harm Plan lays out key strategic initiatives to guide our focus on safety awareness and training initiatives.
All fleetwide Risk Assessment has been reviewed for inclusion of applicable health hazards such as exposure to cargo vapor’s, noise & vibration levels, hazardous materials, extreme temperature and humidity ergonomics, lightning and stressful conditions. Safe work practices include hazard detection, careful handling and storage of hazardous goods and substances, appropriate equipment use, and risk assessments for piracy, if applicable. These are available in our shipboard manual.
We believe in Zero Harm to People, Environment, Cargo and Property
We also commit to taking personal responsibility for safety, communicating safety concerns, actively sharing best practices and learning from near-miss incidents. All crew and subcontractors must undergo proper safety training before going on board. Where relevant, safe work procedures include hazard identification, responsible handling and proper storage of hazardous goods/substances, proper use of equipment, and piracy risk assessments.
All crew and subcontractors must successfully complete a safety training program. Drills reinforce our learning and stress-test our procedures. Before any maintenance or ad hoc work start, safety meetings are held before work begins. We also provide familiarization training, toolbox training, and contractor safety training.
Monitoring and Audits
We track the safety metrics for our fleet and compare them to industry norms. Our BW LPG fleet possesses ISO 14001, ISO 9001, and OHSAS 18001 certifications. Key clients often undertake external compliance audits (e.g. Tanker Management and Self-Assessment), and we do annual internal audits of our safety practices. At shipyards, we conduct reviews on safety statistics and have a bridging document where we review contractor safety statistics.
Crisis Management Plan
BW LPG has an established crisis management plan (CMP) to ensure a disciplined reaction to handle a variety of emergency scenarios. For onshore staff, the crisis management plan addresses epidemics, natural calamities, strife, emergency evacuation of the office and IT disruption. New hires are informed of the plan during induction, and the plan is available on our intranet. Drills for evacuation from offices are also held regularly. Crisis Management for our vessels are managed through our Emergency Response (ER) Program.
A selected number of security companies are utilized for security guards and training for selected vessels based on individual trading risk. External guidance are also constantly obtained through a number of intel subscriptions.
Emergency Response Procedure
In case of an emergency, vessels can contact a designated person ashore who can make a trained assessment and decide on the need to activate the relevant Emergency Response procedures and ER team who is on 24-hour standby. If activated, appropriate communications will be implemented in a timely manner to provide the relevant facts. Drills are held regularly to ensure seamless communication across departments.
Safety at Sea
Piracy continues to be a threat at sea, and BW LPG has a dedicated Global Head of Security to monitor and communicate global trends, advise safe routing for vessels, and act on security matters impacting our seafarers and fleet. Weekly communication is sent to all vessels in our fleet (including third-party managed vessels).
All vessels transiting high-risk areas follow a set of regularly updated international guidelines and have measures in place such as anti-piracy gear to deter attacks. Drills are regularly held to ensure that we are prepared to manage any incident, and we maintain rigorous operational procedures, ensure continued access to intelligence, and exercise prudent risk management when sailing in high-risk areas.
Targets and metrics
Our ambition is to make a meaningful and positive impact on society. Our strategy is work with stakeholders to support projects with lasting impact on communities.
To ensure we deliver on our promises on the social pillar, we identify and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Our crew are governed by international legislated health and safety regulations issued by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). We also follow the OCIMF Marine Injury Reporting Guidelines.
Safety at Sea
BW LPG was one of the first ship operators to implement the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) code, which contains rules and requirements for carriers and terminals to significantly improve vessel and port security against international terrorism. We conduct annual internal audits on our safety procedures and practices under the International Safety Management (ISM) Code and ISPS Code.
Our crew and colleagues are important to us. Our priority is to ensure that we maintain an engaged, trained and empowered workforce.
As we look to uplift communities with energy, we look beyond short-term assistance, towards long-term resilience. One way is by supporting community development and enabling local self-help initiatives.
Policies and Guidelines
Communicating our standards for business conduct clearly and transparently through policies and guidelines.