Crowley, based in Jacksonville, USA, was recognised this week for the company’s implementation of a drug and alcohol awareness programme for crew members that perform safety-sensitive functions on vessels calling at U.S. ports.
The programme contains various non-industry standard items above and beyond the requirements including searches that prohibit all types of substances that may impair safety; specialised online refresher training; and development of an onboard collector’s guide to provide step-by-step instructions in the event a drug collection must be performed aboard one of Crowley’s owned or managed vessels.
Each year, the AMS Safety Advisory Committee presents member companies with safety awards in recognition of their dedication to preserving the marine environment and promoting safe vessel navigation, operations and maritime work practices. These safety awards are designed to recognize vessel operators for their proactive efforts toward achieving safe and responsible vessel practices.
AMS President Lee Seham said: “Crowley evinces a determination to not just meet, but exceed U.S. Coast Guard standards relating to the prevention of substance abuse. We see this with respect to testing levels, training programs, and Crowley’s pro-active efforts to identify new forms of substance abuse in the general population and prevent their introduction into the maritime community.”
Vice-President of Safety, security, quality and environmental stewardship Charlie Nelan said: “Crowley has a long, historical focus on safety and we are always honoured when organizations such as AMS recognize our prioritization of safe operations. Over the years, we have worked to enhance our safety culture resulting in a continuing reduction in incidents and increased protection of people, property and the environment – setting the tone for our employees to assume accountability for their own personal safety, as well as that of those around them. This focus has been successful as is evidenced by this prestigious recognition.
“This system is critical to our performance and upholding it is the responsibility of all employees.”