IADC Reveals Nominations for the Safety Award 2017

IADC Reveals Nominations for the Safety Award 2017

3 Aug 2017

Safety Award 2017

Dredging operations are risky business, therefore the dredging industry pays a lot of attention to safety. Launched in 2015, the IADC Safety Award is intended to encourage the development of safety skills on the job, rewarding people and companies demonstrating diligence in safety awareness in the performance of their profession.

Soon to be given for the second time, the Safety Award is relevant for all companies active in the dredging industry and recognises the exceptional safety performance of a particular project, product, ship, team or employees.


In September 2017 the IADC Board of Directors will present the winner of the Safety Award 2017 at the IADC Annual General Meeting in Marseille, France.


For now, IADC presents the 13 meritorious nominations in the running to receive the Safety Award 2017. Two nominees will be unveiled each week on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Google+ so keep your eyes peeled!


Nominations IADC Safety Award 2017:

1. Boskalis - Plastic Bomb Grid

The presence of unexploded ordnance (UXO) and the high risk of explosions is a pervasive hazard to dredging activities. To minimise damage which can be caused to a hopper dredger’s drag head, a steel bomb grid is mounted to prevent UXOs from entering the suction pipe during operation. Weighing in at a whopping 80 kilos, the attachment is cumbersome to install, taking between three and four hours to secure which is especially problematic since frequent cleaning is necessary throughout operation. Searching for a better solution, a works manager from Boskalis consulted knowledgeable captains and crew. By swapping out steel for plastic, the grid’s weight was trimmed down to 15 kilos. The lightweight substitute offers a hassle-free installation, and takes a mere 30 minutes. Although three times more expensive to manufacture, the plastic alternative reduces the amount of time and injuries associated with the installation process. Additionally, cutting down a vessel’s weight equates to more sand in its hopper, making plastic bomb grids a much more favourable choice both in terms of bottom line and performance.

2. Boskalis’s - Mooring Actuator 

Secured to a backhoe’s bollards with heavy lines, a barge assists with the transport of material dredged by the backhoe. Conventionally, two crew members must drag and manoeuvre the heavy lines, manually mooring the separate units alongside each other. During the loading of material, the barge lowers into the water, requiring the lines to be incrementally paid out, and all the while the risk of line breakage is omnipresent. Mooring is a time-costly and injury-prone procedure. In its quest for a safer, more economical and faster alternative, Boskalis devised the Mooring Actuator, an automated twist on the process. A backhoe is fitted out with two rotating arms from which two steel balls are suspended from chains. Placed along the barge’s edge, U-shaped bollards catch the approaching steel balls. Working a safe distance away from the “line of fire”, one crew member uses a remote control to moor the dredger and barge by swivelling the arms to set the steel balls inside the U-shaped bollards. Once secured, especially developed Constant Tension winches begin to roll up the lines, providing increased stability to the barge than was possible before the Mooring Actuator. The amount of time it takes to execute the mooring process is reduced by ten minutes and crew safety during the activity increases for good.

3. Damen Shiprepair - CCTV-system

In an effort to reduce the dangers to crew both inside and outside a vessel, Damen Shiprepair entrusted a CCTV-system (installed by RBC) with overseeing activities taking place in high-risk locations, including the engine, pump and turret rooms as well as confined spaces. Running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, Damen’s linked camera surveillance, access control, gas detection, audio/visual alarm and open radio transmission system lets one person continuously monitor 20 high-risk locations all at once from a Mobile Command Unit, detecting and acting upon hazards as they arise, in real time. At the onset, hazardous situations increased significantly but with this information, Damen was able to improve the safety management system and guarantee worker’s safety. The cameras will soon be wireless, but until then needs a 220V power source and cable to connect with the central supervision unit. The system reduces operational costs by 20 to 50 per cent by requiring less static safety consultants on site.

4. DEME - Worldwide Safety Stand Down

DEME actively addresses safety and since 2008, its safety department dedicated itself to instil a company-wide “Safety Culture” through its self-initiated programme cultural and behavioural safety programme “Colleagues, Help Injuries to Leave DEME” (CHILD). After eight years, the initiative was taken to the next level with CHILD5, which emphasises four pillars necessary for safety: engagement, collaboration, communication and leadership. One of the programme’s noteworthy components was the Worldwide Safety Stand Down. On Thursday 30 March 2017, DEME’s CEO simultaneously halted all of DEME’s field and office operations around the world for two hours. During the long time frame, every DEME employee, as well as many independent contractors working on stopped projects, watched a video which informed about a recent incident and detailed the results of an investigation into its causes. A refresher video of the CEO’s “Stop Work Authority” followed in an effort to empower employees to stop any unsafe or unprepared job. Afterwards, employees used a tool called Hazard Hunt to identify unsafe conditions in their working area and at the conclusion of the two hours, signed a personal Safety Charter. Involving monumental costs and resources in terms of planning and execution, the event and its disruptive approach has led to a significant decline in incidents ever since.

5. To be announced on 15-08-2017.

6. To be announced on 21-08-2017.

7. To be announced on 23-08-2017.

8. To be announced on 28-08-2017.

9. To be announced on 30-08-2017.

10. To be announced on 04-09-2017.

11. To be announced on 06-09-2017.

12. To be announced on 11-09-2017.

13. To be announced on 13-09-2017.