6 September 2021 –  IADC is proud to announce fifteen nominations in the running to receive one of the two Safety Awards 2021. IADC will announce two nominations every week, starting from 19 July, 2021. The winner will be announced on 16 September 2021.

As of 2021, two safety awards will be given: one to a dredging company and a second will be granted to a supply chain organisation active in the dredging industry. This concerns subcontractors and suppliers of goods and services.

15th nomination: Jan De Nul Tetris Challenge campaign

Jan De Nul set about creating the best Tetris Challenge campaign photo to give the safety at work topic a young and modern twist.

Project description

When the Zurich police published a photo of all the equipment that they have within their patrol car, you would have thought that this was nothing special. They placed the material however in such a way that it all perfectly fitted together in the picture frame. The Tetris Challenge was born and if there is something Jan De Nul doesn’t shy away from it’s a challenge. Refraining from the idea of lining up all its vessels to create the best Tetris challenge picture ever, the company wanted to focus on what really counts – the safety of its people.

Safety procedures and instructions would not have made a striking photo but including the vast array of PPE available and placing it within a frame, that would be the challenge! Jan De Nul took its PPE requirements matrix, selected the PPE S-cards needed from it and started puzzling. The result is an eye appealing and educational tool that was shared within and outside the company.

As the dredging industry is typically characterised as a busy and demanding work environment, very clear and visual communication is a key for success. The existing means of communications such as safety posters, QHSSE notices, incident bulletins etc. are an effective way to transfer information but with this Tetris challenge, Jan De Nul triggered its employees on another level.

Trends come and go and social media advances at a speed that even the company’s design department cannot follow. They quickly jumped aboard with the trend and reached employees with a safety message in a way that they maybe didn’t expect.

The Tetris challenge offered an accessible, low threshold opportunity to give the safety at work topic a young and modern twist. Having its employees participate added an extra dimension, showing that wearing the correct PPE is a good practice and that it is accessible to everyone. When the picture was published in Jan De Nul’s magazine ‘Connect’, it became the talk of the town and put the safety department in the limelight.

14th nomination: DEME retractable ladder for stepping on and off excavators

DEME’s retractable ladder was designed to reduce potential injuries to operators coming into contact with the tracks when stepping on and off excavators.

Project description

Stepping on and of machinery is not without risks. Following an LTI, DEME carried out a thorough investigation and found a lot of operators have scars on their shins caused by contact with the tracks when stepping on and off track excavators.

The existing steps on an excavator are located inside the boundary of the tracks, which is the cause of many injuries and near misses. Bringing the steps outside the tracks is not an option however since this creates other risks both operational and for transport. The solution therefore is a ladder.

The new imposed retractable ladder is folded up just above the upper structure of the crane cabin. The area between the tracks and upper cabin stays completely free so there is no contact with sand or mud sticking on the tracks. Located on a safety area besides the excavator door, this simple and effective design needs almost no maintenance.

The ladder is made out of one piece of metal and retracts by itself after use. It can be positioned in the location of the original platform and both a bolted or welded connection is possible.

The benefit of the design is that you only need one type of ladder. DEME foresee one standard ladder with a maximum length that can be adjusted on smaller type of track excavators.

All owners of track excavators can implement this as a safe way for operators to step on and off equipment to reduce incidents of injury.

13th nomination: Jan de Nul − Gangway platform

Jan De Nul’s gangway platform is designed to increase safety during marine transfer and reduce the risk of falling in the water.

Project description

The risks involved with marine transfer are numerous. Jan De Nul’s design of a gangway platform increases safety and reduces the risk of falling in the water.

During marine transfer, the standard pilot ladder remains in place and the removable gangway platform is added, creating a stable and easy way of stepping on board.

The platform is easy to deploy and store when not needed. It is already in use and will be equipped on every new vessel build within the JDN fleet.

12th nomination: DEME − ‘Draghead access platform’

DEME’s removable draghead access platform with protective work area, attaches to the side of the draghead allowing safe and easy access for maintenance and repair purposes.

Project description

Access to the draghead for maintenance or repair purposes is usually done by climbing a steep ladder with no attachment point for a fall harness. DEME’s simply and effective custom-made, lightweight platform attaches to the side of the draghead, providing easy access. The platform, made from aluminium for easy manipulation and assembly, is designed with collective protection to improve the work area.

Climbing on a draghead to carry out maintenance or repairs carries many risks when working on heights. Dragheads usually have lots of (jet)pipes, cables and other obstacles that need to be navigated. After investigating and trying several different possibilities, DEME came up with the design of an access platform that provides a safe working space during maintenance and repair works.

To access the platform, a tailor-made ladder attached to the platform is used instead of a steep ladder. When working on heights, a fall harness is worn. However, with this platform that isn’t necessary. The platform provides a safe area in which to work with increased maneuverability and workability of crew.

The designed platform is lightweight, easy to manipulate and removable when not in use. Additionally, it is within reach of the onboard crane, which allows storage within one movement of the crane.

An extra layer of safety has been added by locking the mounting points with a teflon ring and locking pin. On the side of the draghead, two dedicated mounting points have to be foreseen to set up the platform. On the rear side of a storage container, the same mounting points have been foreseen for easy storage after use.

Benefits of the access platform include reduced risk of falling from heights, enhanced workspace when working on the draghead, reduced risk of dropping objects (hand tools), better workability, stable workplace and easier access. Furthermore, use of the platform ensures fewer incidents as well as lower repair/maintenance time.

11th nomination: Van Oord − ‘Retractable boat landing’

Van Oord’s design of a retractable boat landing provides a safe way for vessel-to-vessel transfer, eliminating high-risk manual operations at sea.

Project description

Using a boat landing at sea normally requires manual handling, which is a high-risk operation. Sometimes a lot of vessel-to-vessel transfers are required, or the conditions at sea can be challenging. Van Oord therefore came up with a design to provide a safe alternative for vessel-to-vessel transfer.

Its design of a retractable boat landing, which can be deployed without the use of a deck crane, means high-risk operations like rigging and hoisting at sea are avoided. The boat landing is deployed by the push of a button, therefore eliminating the manual handling element. The hydraulically driven system is integrated into the vessels installation and deployment of the landing will take only about a minute. The retractable boat landing provides crew with a safe way to embark and disembark a vessel.

Aside from the safety element, another benefit is that since the boat landing can be stored easily on deck and is deployed in a time efficient manner, it can be used frequently even during short stretches of sailing, reducing drag and thus also saving fuel.

A unique piece of equipment to the industry, Van Oord is the first to have the retractable boat landing installed on one of its vessels. Fitted on flexible fall pipe vessel Bravenes, it has been in use for one year. The boat landing has been built according to the standards in place and can be used during the entire operational life of a vessel. The only requirement for fitting the equipment to other vessels is having the necessary deck space required.

Say YES to safety

Van Oord considers working together proactively on safety to be very important. As a global player in the marine contracting sector, they say it is their license to operate. Within their say YES to safety programme they encourage everyone to demonstrate safety leadership. Continuously improving the design and usability of the working environment by using marine ingenuity is a natural part of that.

10th nomination: Joint venture Jan De Nul and DEME − ‘Pipeline walkway’

For the AMORAS project, funded by the Flemish Department of Mobility and Public Works (Maritime Access), SeReAnt (a joint venture between Jan De Nul and DEME) co-designed and delivered a floating pipeline of roughly 200 meters equipped with a walkway to facilitate transfer of personnel to a CSD. The pipeline and walkway are rotating and hinged, and also serve as a hang-up system for the high-voltage electric cable powering the CSD.

Project description

In the AMORAS project, funded by the Flemish Department of Mobility and Public Works (Maritime Access), dredged material from the Antwerp harbor docks is processed. At the project site near the Lillobridge, an underwater cell is constructed to serve as a temporary buffer for the sediment, before it is pumped to the shore by an electric CSD. CSD personnel works in a 5 days a week, 16h per day (2 shifts of 8h) regime, having to make a daily transfer on and off the CSD. SeReAnt, a joint venture between Jan De Nul and DEME, co-designed and delivered a floating pipeline of roughly 200 meters equipped with a walkway to facilitate the safe (and healthy) transfer of personnel to the CSD. The pipeline and walkway are hinged and able to rotate, and also serve as a hang-up system for the high-voltage electric cable powering the CSD.

The design eliminates the need of a vessel for a marine transfer from shore to the nearby dredger. The risk of falling into the water during a transfer is therefore also diminished. Rubber, elastic straps at the rotating points insure a safe passage over the rotating points of the walkway.

SeReAnt, in close cooperation with the constructor of the pipeline, has delivered an innovative, multifunctional floating pipeline that allows for: (1) the pumping of dredged material to shore, (2) the safe and healthy transfer of personnel on and off a CSD and (3) power connection from shore to the CSD.

The walkway provides a unique way to transfer personnel from ship to shore and can be used during any weather conditions where CTVs are limited. The multifunctional floating pipeline both decreases the risk of falling into the water and provides a positive impact on fuel consumption and CO2 emission compared to traditional methods of marine transfer.


9th nomination: Rhosonics Analytical − ‘Non-nuclear Slurry Density Meter (SDM)’

The Rhosonics’ SDM density meter is an ultrasonic-based measuring instrument that can determine the slurry density in real-time to check the amount of solids in a liquid.

Project description

The Rhosonics Slurry Density Meters (SDM) are a new sustainable solution for the mineral processing industry. The ultrasonic-based measuring instrument can determine the slurry density in real-time to check the amount of solids in a liquid. This non-nuclear measuring instrument is compact and can be used to determine densities in all kinds of solids/water mixtures. Its application is relevant for dredging, mineral processing and construction and tunnelling companies.

The innovative way of measuring slurry densities is challenging the status quo, which are the radiation-based instruments that are currently being used in the industry. In the last decade, Rhosonics has made significant effort to become known in the industry and prove the reliability of the ultrasonic technology for density measurement based on the acoustic impedance (first introduced by Rhosonics in 2007). In 2020, the Rhosonics SDM became winner of the ‘Environmental Impact’ category in the mining excellence awards.

More than 10 years of experience with harsh applications has been used to develop this high-end device. All of Rhosonics R&D effort allowed for the creation of the SDM, an eco-friendly density meter capable of measuring the density of challenging water-based slurries. For many years, nuclear devices were the only option. Nowadays, the non-nuclear SDM is used to replace radiation-based devices. Dredgers, miners and construction companies are using the eco-friendly Rhosonics SDM technology to replace the conventional nuclear density meters. In this way, they can improve on-site operation by increasing safety and reducing the administration workload associated to radiation devices, such as licenses, radiation leakage tests and other compulsory tasks.

The Rhosonics SDM operates in the same accuracy and repeatability ranges as the nuclear density gauges, however the device is safe to use, can easily being calibrated and has a more compact design. For radiation safety reasons, the nuclear source is located in a capsule surrounded by a source holder (a radiation protection shielding). This shielding is usually made of lead and can weight up to 500 kilos or more to protect the employees working with those instruments. The SDM is always the same weight, which is only 6,8 kilos and the size is very compact as well, since it is an all-in-one design. The transmitter and transducer are connected by a tri-clamp, therefore no cables are used in between the SDM sensor and analyser.

The SDM is a real game-changer for slurry density measurement applications, especially in the mining and dredging industries, where it is increasingly being used to optimise processes. When nuclear density gauges are not being handled correctly, this causes immediate safety issues on-site. Usually a RSO (Radiation Safety Officer) is required to be on-site for calibration tasks etc., which is not needed using the Rhosonics SDM, improving the ease-of-use significantly.


8th nomination: Jan De Nul − ‘Aerial Drone to monitor excavation works of soil containing asbestos’

Jan De Nul’s use of aerial drones to monitor the excavation works of soil contaminated with asbestos ensured the topographical surveyor was positioned at a safe location, eliminating the risk of exposure to asbestos.

Project description

Jan De Nul employed the use of aerial drones to monitor the excavation works of soil contaminated with asbestos. The main driver being the safety of the topographical surveyor who was positioned at a safe location, eliminating the risk of exposure to the asbestos. An excavation operation is typically monitored by topographical surveyors. By using an aerial drone, possible SIMOPS with heavy equipment is avoided. Additionally, the topographical surveyor does not need to walk or work on contaminated soil.

An existing survey technique: the photogrammetric survey, which creates a three-dimensional model from a set of images based on stereo photogrammetry. for large land areas and infrastructure projects has now been applied on a drone. Previously, the photos were taken using an expensive aircraft. The photogrammetry survey technique became very cost effective by using a low-cost platform.

Furthermore, JDN improved the workflow for photogrammetry with aerial drones:

  • Measurements are linked to the drone’s positioning, which avoids the installation of several ground control points;
  • The measurements are loaded on a dedicated server that runs automatic routines to process the data; and
  • The end result is a report with a clear error budget and digital terrain model.

The use of drones in such activities is part of Jan De Nul’s QHSSE values: to provide a safe environment for all persons working for or on behalf of Jan De Nul Group, taking into account physical and mental health. What makes this innovation unique is that the project team did not rely on standard survey procedures, but preferred a solution that guaranteed the safety and health of the topographical surveyor. Using this technique is relatively easy and can be used after a day’s in-house training. If authorities allow the use of drones, this technique can be used everywhere and in various applications where accessibility for the surveyor is not easy and/or in dangerous project areas, such as:

  • reclamation areas;
  • breakwater construction;
  • tidal areas; and
  • stockpiles.

The drone set makes use of Real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning. RTK is the application of surveying to correct for common errors in current satellite navigation (GNSS) systems which relies on a single reference base station or on a virtual base position derived from a network of stations. With a minimal investment of around EUR 4.700 for the RTK drone set, a lot of health and safety issues were resolved or eliminated, which makes this innovation priceless.


7th nomination: Joint venture Dredging International & Van Oord − ‘CSD mobilisation at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic’

Protecting the health of employees during a worldwide pandemic through practical and system measures so project works could continue as planned.

Project description

On 15 March 2020, the Polish government closed its borders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Europe. Poland was one of the first countries in the European Union to completely close both its internal and external borders. At the time, with the start of the pandemic and the situation uncertain, it appeared impossible to continue with project activities. Nevertheless, the joint-venture team of Dredging International and Van Oord managed to mobilise a cutter suction dredger (CSD) to the ‘Modernization of the Świnoujście – Szczecin fairway to a depth of 12.5 m’ project site to begin dredging and reclamation activities.

With increased protection measures for personnel, to be able to mobilise a CSD and carry out activities during the uncertainties of the early days of the pandemic was a difficult and unique undertaking. Implementation of increased measures to protect the health of persons at a time when there was not yet a standard practice and no clear information on the actual exposure risks, made the task extremely difficult.

In preparation for works to continue, a thorough investigation of the pandemic situation and health risks at the location of the project location was carried out. Analysis of measures and restrictions put in place by authorities had to also be carefully considered. Determining how to implement the required mitigation measures, i.e. cooperation with authorities, medical facilities, special travel arrangements, etc. all needed to be organised. A summarised plan was made and shared with all personnel prior to travelling to the project site.

The project was able to have staff enter Poland, even though the borders were closed, which resulted in continuation of the project instead of work coming to a halt. Implementation and strict follow up of the determined measures were maintained throughout the project duration. During a 12-month period, the project managed to continue without any delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID tests, extra transport, masks, disinfectants, etc. ran at a cost of EUR 25,000 per month, starting April 2020, for a large-scale project of approximately 300 personnel.


6th nomination: Hyundai − ‘Wire shield for marine barge winch’

Hyundai introduce a protective wire shield for the marine barge winch to prevent any serious injury to marine crews in the event of wire breakage.

Project description

Marine barges are installed with a winch made of steel wire rope used for barge anchoring and hauling weights during operation. Seawater corrosion and abrasive wear will cause the winch wire to degrade over time, thus increasing the likelihood of breakage. However, winches are widely used in the marine industry without proper protection or covers. The marine barge winch stores a tremendous amount of energy under load. In the case of breakage, the wire can violently snap back in as whiplash effect, potentially causing serious injury to those involved in the winching procedure and anyone nearby. Wire breakage related accidents happen often in the marine industry and pose a high safety risk. Hyundai Engineering and Construction therefore took the initiative to introduce a full cover for the marine barge winch to protect the marine crews from the winch wire snap.

In their reclamation project in Singapore, Hyundai Engineering and Construction is monitoring the effectiveness of the shield, making it mandatory for marine barges to be installed with the winch wire shield and pre-inspected prior to commencement of works. The company has also put in place stringent daily checks of the marine barge winch to ensure its safety and effectiveness. Immediate intervention will be carried out should any non-conformance be observed during the daily pre-operation checks.

One of the main factors considered during the design of the innovation was that it had to be strong and easy to use for marine crews. Consideration was also given to the maintenance aspect of the wire shield to ensure maintenance works can easily be carried out without any safety lapses. This is achieved via the modular design of the winch cover shield. The planning of the layout of the marine barge winch is equally crucial as this will determine the position of the modularised system shield so it does not interfere with other machinery/ marine operations. Once fitted, the protective shield is easy to use as it is permanently fixed to the marine barge deck throughout the work process.


5th nomination: Jan De Nul − ‘Bollard Step’

Designed by crew, Jan De Nul’s bollard step is designed to transform mooring equipment into a safe and secure step on which to make marine transfers.

Project description

Jan De Nul’s bollard step has been designed by crew, creating a solution which is both easy and quick to use, and is low on maintenance. Designed by crew, the bollard step transforms mooring equipment into a safe and secure step on which to make marine transfers. The main materials used are steel and anti-skid grating. The latter creates a safe surface from which one can make a safe transfer in between two vessels, or from a vessel to the shore. The fact that the bollard step is quick and easy to use is reflected in the way it is mounted: two persons can effortlessly carry the step, and put it in place without extra securing measures.

The fact that the bollard step is not a fixed structure gives an operational advantage: the deck space is not restricted as the bollard step can be dismounted at any time (e.g. when cargo needs to be lifted on deck), nor does it need to interfere with mooring operations. If mooring operations would be jeopardized, then bollard step can simply be removed or it can be placed on an alternative bollard. The design is adjustable to different types of bollards and could be extended with a longer surface to step on or made adjustable in length. A simple and clever solution, the step creates a safe and steady platform where there could never be a step-over zone. Based on basic drawings, local workshops can create such steps matching the conditions of locally hired vessels.

There are several step designs that can be used on a variety of vessels. The innovation will also increase safety of crew transfers on small CTVs. Future enhancements of the design could include an adjustable platform at the end to cope with different project locations. One benefit is CTVs that otherwise might not be suitable during a project could be used thanks to the bollard step. Depending on the cost of the CTV, this could result in considerable savings. The costs of the prototype were considerable low at around 250 euros.

4th nomination: Boskalis − ‘Self-moving traffic barrier’

Boskalis is in the start-up of a new company for its Self-Moving Traffic Barrier (SMTB). A prototype of the easy to move barrier has been built to be used in the A9 project.

Project description

The idea of a Self-Moving Traffic Barrier (SMTB) came about during the Houtribdijk project and was submitted to the Boskalis Innovation Challenge. Due to ecological restrictions, it was not possible to move barriers during the night. This meant everything had to be done during the daytime, which not only caused traffic congestion but on occasion also unsafe situations. Hence, Boskalis came up with the idea of a Self-Moving Traffic Barrier (SMTB) – a barrier that can easily be moved and creates a safe work environment for all its employees. The design of the barrier is robust making it a safe construction and its use can also prevent having to close a road, in turn avoiding possible inconvenience to road users.

The barrier was developed with a team of Boskalis employees and external partners. A prototype has since been built for the A9 project where it’s implementation will play a role in the safe continuation of the project activities next to regular traffic. Dredging projects with infrastructure related aspects can also benefit from the SMTB. It provides a safe and efficient way to guide traffic closely related to the project traffic and activities.

Rijkswaterstaat has also shown interest in the innovation, which is important since its regulations for use of barriers in projects is one of the essential factors of success for the SMTB. A pilot of the system has already been used and tested with great success. Boskalis is now in the start-up of a new company to develop the SMTB making it available for the entire dredging and infrastructure industry.


3rd nomination: APT Global Marine Services − ‘APT Quick coupling floating pipeline’

An innovative quick coupling system for floating pipeline that reduces the manual handling to one single operation, creating a safer, faster and watertight floating-pipeline connection.

Project description

APT Global Marine Services’ quick coupling system creates a safer, faster and watertight floating pipeline connection. The innovative system for floating pipeline reduces the manual handling to one single operation. Furthermore, the pipelines are floating during the coupling, which results in minimal use of the crane and excludes any (heavy) lifting. All this while the connection is solid and watertight.

By excluding lifting operations, the potential safety threat from working underneath the pipeline is eliminated. In addition, the hands-free connection removes the risk of hands being injured by the flanges. Furthermore, the connection of two sections of pipeline is established by one single spanner operation in a matter of minutes, which reduces the amount of handling to the bear minimum. Lastly, the influence of external factors such as weather and sea conditions is less.

The system is both simple and intuitive for crew to use and operate. The male and female part of the quick coupling attaches to the existing flanges of a pipeline. No additional equipment is therefore necessary. First few prototypes were built and tested on different projects with different pipe diameters. Crew to operational management were extremely enthusiastic about the system, all giving positive feedback. From each prototype, the first improvements were made and implemented.

The system is a prime example of using an existing simple principle for a solution to a high-risk operation. Removing a floating pipeline ahead of bad weather to prevent damage or for shipping to ensure extra clearance of large vessels, can be done in minutes using the quick coupling system. Potential improvements to further increase the system’s safety potential include a flexible axle to improve the accessibility of the turning nut for the spanner operation. This would allow the tightening of the axle from the assisting vessel without the need to climb onto the floating pipeline.


2nd nomination: Jan De Nul − ‘Coordinated pumping operation by floating pipeline between two TSHD dredgers’

Jan De Nul has developed a visual tool that visualises and controls the maximum distance between two TSHD dredgers based on the length of a floating pipeline and live position of both ships. This allows for greater control in the challenging operation of pumping dredged material between two vessels.

Project description

Due to the nature of the works on a project in Germany, Jan De Nul’s TSHD dredger  Pedro Álvares Cabral (PA) had to be connected by means of a floating pipeline to the TSHD dredger Tristao da Cunha (TC). Dredged material was then pumped via the pipeline from the larger TSHD (PA) into the smaller TSHD (TC).

The operation, carried out on the river Elbe, presented several challenges, primarily maintaining the vessels positions with difficult site conditions. This included being close to a shipping channel with a lot of traffic and where post-Panamax container vessels pass, together with currents up to 3 knots. Other challenges included the smaller TSHD being pushed out of position due to the current, changing weather conditions and having to maintain a certain length of floating pipeline.

Coordination of the relative movements of both TSHD dredgers is crucial in this type of SIMOP operation. The larger TSHD (PA) first dropped anchor and the floating pipeline and the smaller TSHD (TC) were connected. A tool was designed to ensure the TSHD (TC) remained within the predefined circled distance from the TSHD (PA) considering the site conditions. The position of the TSHD (PA) was transmitted in real time to the TSHD (TC) by means of Rajant wireless network set-up. It was possible to ensure the bow of the TSHD (TC) remained within the predefined circle and the diameter was adjusted when current or weather conditions changed.

By means of this active monitoring system, increased forces at the couplings and in the floating pipeline could be prevented. Also thanks to this innovation, the smaller TSHD (TC) did not have to drop its anchor, resulting in reduced cycle times without compromising on operational control. The tool is adjustable according to current and weather conditions, and after initial setup of the system no action is required. Crew using the tool consistently on the project in Hamburg (Germany) found it especially advantageous at night when there was no direct visibility of the pipeline.

It was the first time that this feature has been installed on JDN vessels and Jan de Nul plans to use the tool for future projects. Following its success, the monitoring system is considered as a good practice that can be shared with other dredging companies. A similar setup can be implemented on any vessel and can also be used for other purposes besides this specific operation. Costs involved are only programming time and IT setup, which is already available on most JDN vessels, and are generally incorporated as part of the project start-up.

Benefits of the tool’s usage includes avoidance of possible incidents with floating pipeline and auxiliaries, in turn ensuring operational control in line with the JDN Code Zero philosophy and critical risk rule ‘navigational awareness’. Using the tool can also help control possible project delays.


1st nomination: Keppel FELS − ‘Safety Plus Programme and National WSH Vision 2028’

Keppel FELS, which is part of world leading shipyard group Keppel Offshore & Marine, continues to improve and enhance HSE excellence with robust HSE management systems, technology and innovation, and close collaboration with stakeholders in its operations and projects to ensure an incident-free work environment.

Project description

Safety, people-focus, agility, accountability, and Can Do are Keppel’s core values. Safety is a key priority in its operations and Keppel FELS is committed to ensuring everyone goes home safe at the end of each work day. Keppel FELS has robust HSE management systems in place and invests in building HSE competency and capabilities through training, outreach activities and empowering every individual in its workforce to intervene and stop any unsafe acts. The shipyard adopts a set of 10 lifesaving rules and performs an assessment of high impact risk activities (HIRA) prior to the execution of work.

Anchored by its Safety Plus Programme and Singapore’s National WSH Vision 2028, Keppel FELS also puts its stakeholders, including customers and contractors, at the centre of all its initiatives. It employs a strong ‘right mind-set, right processes and right tools’ approach to complete its work right the first time, thus reducing rework, enhancing its product offerings to customers, and more importantly, reducing the risk exposure to its workforce.

Technology and innovation are ingrained in the culture of Keppel FELS. It is essential in building a strong safety culture and constantly enhancing safety standards for work processes. Keppel FELS invests in its design, engineering, planning and construction processes by adopting digitalisation and smart asset technology to further value-add to its products by simplifying processes, tracking operations, improving safety considerations and supporting its customers. These new implementations are further reviewed and evaluated on a periodic basis, and the lessons learnt are captured and systematically incorporated into its operating procedure.

Customised safety innovation was implemented in Keppel FELS’ construction of dredgers. While working with Jan De Nul and Van Oord, iDiver – a remotely operated robotic diver – was deployed to check the underwater conditions of the dredgers following undocking. This replaced the need for physical divers, thus eliminating the exposure to risks underwater.

After undocking, the Smart Robot, which automates inspections for bus-bar systems located in trenches, was deployed to ensure smooth operations of luffing cranes, which are used to bring construction materials like spools, hull outfitting and equipment on board the dredger for installation. The Smart Robot reduces the manpower required for each inspection, and eliminates the risk of personnel having to work in confined spaces.

Keppel FELS works closely with its customers, partners and vendors to address project concerns, exchanging important lessons learnt and organising collaborative HSE initiatives. Its holistic approach in HSE management ensures the safety and well-being of every individual working in the shipyard. For its efforts in achieving Zero Loss Time Incidents for the construction of the Sanderus dredger, Keppel FELS was also awarded a safety bonus by Jan De Nul.




16 September

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