OCIMF and INTERTANKO release new guidance on competency and learning from incidents

OCIMF and INTERTANKO have today released two new information papers that will help improve safety in the energy shipping industry.

The result of a joint initiative between the two organisations, the papers look at two key areas:  competency and learning from incidents.

Behavioural Competency Assessment and Verification for Vessel Operators presents a system for assessing competency in seafarers.

“The behavioural competency assessment and verification system represents a new approach to the management of seafarer competence”, explained INTERTANKO Marine Director Dr Phil Belcher. “We have focused on the essential elements of how officers actually undertake their tasks. By focusing on six key behavioural competencies, companies can gain a more complete picture of how officers apply their hard-won technical skills and officers can use this insight to improve their own performance.”

“Through this approach, it is believed that the whole industry will benefit through the enhancement of the management of the human element.”

OCIMF Director Rob Drysdale agrees. “Human factors is a complex subject that needs practical guidance in a lot of different areas. This paper offers an important practical solution, but the industry will need to continue to develop complementary guidance in other areas.”

The second paper, Sharing Lessons Learned from Incidents, outlines the most effective ways that vessel operators can share the lessons they learn from incident investigations. It includes template forms and examples of best practice.

“This joint initiative is a great example of two organisations working together to provide solutions to issues common to our industry”, said Rob Drysdale. “The next step for the initiative is to develop a tanker accident database, which we expect to launch in 2019”.

Both information papers are free and available to download from the OCIMF and INTERTANKO websites: www.ocimf.org/publications/information-papers.aspx and www.intertanko.com/Book-Shop/INTERTANKO-Guidance-Notes.