The Safety Committee has chosen eight nominations for the IADC Safety Award. IADC will be announcing one nomination every Monday per week, starting from 25 July, 2016.


The first nomination is for Jan De Nul Australia’s “Fully Automated TSHD Mooring” system. During the dredging and reclamation works of Brisbane Airport Corporation, JDN Australia installed a Cavotec Moormaster system for a safe mooring operation. The MoorMaster is a fully automated mooring system, using large vacuum pads, installed on rails, with a holding force of 20 tonnes per pad, creating as such a fast and secure connection between the temporary mooring facility and the vessel. The vacuum pads are monitored, controlled and positioned via a hydraulically actuated robotic linkage. This automated system was able to hold TSHD Charles Darwin in position alongside berthing dolphins during discharging process without the use of any mooring ropes.

Advantages of this system include: the improvement of personnel safety and injuries during mooring reduced to nil; ship’s crew can become more efficient and maintain uninterrupted rest hours; movements on deck are reduced; and mooring load status is constantly monitored and event logs can be reviewed with mooring loads and status known at all times.


The second nomination for the IADC Safety Award 2016 is ‘Say YES to Safety’ by Van Oord. Van Oord’s new safety programme, Say YES to Safety was started January this year. Van Oord will expand the programme within its organisation and outside of it in the coming years. It is a sustainable safety programme and is designed to encourage accountability for safety behaviour, leadership and commitment. It not only focuses on safe working practices, but also very strongly on leadership and commitment throughout the company processes. Some of the innovative features of the programme include practical measures to safeguard the people on site in their day to day work, new and appealing design that inspires everyone to say YES and a focus on personal commitment and behaviour for all people working for and on behalf of Van Oord.


The third nomination for the IADC Safety Award 2016 is ‘Using technology to drive safety culture’ by J.F. Brennan. The company has chosen to enhance its safety culture through the use of technology in the workplace. It implemented a system called HCSS mobile safety and also integrated it with its Heavy Job and Heavy Bid safety apps. The apps allow the company to collect and review all safety documents from anywhere across the country as well as easily share information and reports from the field with clients. Field supervisors can access the safety apps through their iPads and can generate safety meetings from over 800 preloaded topics, enter near misses and safety observations. Supervisors can also access employee training and certifications. The apps are user-friendly and are efficient for leaders in the field due to quick access to relevant information.


The fourth nomination is ‘NINA Workbox Series’ by Royal Boskalis Westminster NV. NINA (No injuries, No accidents) is a safety philosophy whereby Royal Boskalis works on a sustainable development of its safety culture, by structure (Vision, Values & Rules) and time (over multiple years). To contribute more towards safety ownership within the company’s operational teams, the Workbox Series was developed together with in-field representatives. It is an interactive platform, seeking a dialogue with the participants in a way to raise self-awareness.
It includes training by representatives from peer groups, collective learning in small teams and self-learning at own work location. Currently, two different Workboxes have been developed: “Hands” and “Mooring”. The third one still being developed will cover the subject “Feet” (slip, trip and fall).


The fifth nomination is ‘Overall safety features on cutter dredger ‘Biesbosch’’ by Royal IHC. Royal IHC has developed several safety features on a standard cutter suction dredger. The majority common safety features but a few are innovative for this type of dredger. The innovative features consist of a Cutter platform, Spud Guard system and Spud Sherlock system. The cutter platform improves accessibility around the cutterhead and is not common for this kind of dredger. The Spud Guard system indicates overload of the spud to the dredgemaster. The Spud Sherlock system prevents the spud being hoisted out of its guide construction (that the spud is not hoisted too far). Other safety features on the dredger include personal life-saving equipment, Search and Rescue Transponders, and additional access platforms.


The sixth nomination is ‘Reclamation for Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4’ by Penta-Ocean Construction. Three aspects of the reclamation of Pasir Panjang Terminal Phases 3 and 4, a container port project in Singapore has been nominated for its safety features. The first aspect is the “geo-bund” temporary edge structure for land reclamation. They provided notable safety benefits for the adjacent dredging work and construction of caisson quay wall. The second aspect was the dredging and rock blasting works for deepening the ship turning basin between the new reclamation and the existing container terminal berths. These operations were carried out while normal terminal operations continued for a protracted period, without any incident affecting the terminal operations. The third was the installation of an all-weather steel gantry tower for slipforming work to construct the walls of the mega box caissons for the quay wall. Hundred-fifty caissons weighing between 7,000 to 12,000 tons each were fabricated and transported by sea to the final location and installed safely.


The seventh nomination is ‘Light weight cutter maintenance platform’ by Van Oord and Damen. Van Oord and Damen Dredging Equipment have developed a new light weight cutter maintenance platform for their CSD650’s Ural River and Mangystau. This platform provides a safe working environment for replacing cutter teeth and performing other maintenance jobs on the cutter head. The platform is supported by the cutter ladder and this increases the platform’s stability, reduces relative motion and allows for further weight reduction. Safe access is now provided via the cutter ladder and only when the cutter is up. It is not possible to access the platform during dredging when the cutter ladder is down. The platform walkway is also installed only on starboard to further reduce weight. The platform is relatively easy to install on small and medium CSDs; it is low cost and easy to transport in one container.


The eighth nomination is ‘Enhanced muster station’ by GeoSea. The muster station on board of jack-up vessel Neptune was enhanced by painting numbered circles on deck. It is efficient during drills and emergency situations and it helps provide the following: a quick overview of the number of people gathered at the muster station, the number of missing people and a way to identify those who are missing.  This enhanced muster station can be applicable to all dredging vessels and can be implemented at low cost (only a paint job) and minimum effort.


The IADC Safety Award is intended to encourage the development of safety skills on the job and to reward people and companies demonstrating diligence in safety awareness in the performance of their profession.

The Award will recognise the exceptional safety performance of a particular project, ship, team or employees. Innovation is also an essential quality for the Award. As such, the innovative elements and new methodology and/or techniques of nomination will be taken into consideration.


The winner will be announced in mid-September this year.

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