Platform Zero Incidents

Erwin Tijssen, chairman of Platform Zero Incidents and chairman of the day, opened the meeting with an update on the activities of PZI in 2017. His presentation was based on the 5 objectives of PZI.

In the first part, the focus was placed on the reportings that came in. A brief summary of the incident data:

  • People, 77% of the incidents had no effect on people. When incidents happened with injuries, it is often during maintenance and mooring activities.
  • Environment, 86% of the incidents had no effect on the environment. Spills mainly occur during loading / unloading activities.
  • In 57% of the incidents, there is damage to the material. The majority comes from navigation activities.
  • Incidents occur mostly during the day (almost 50%).
  • When looking at where incidents happen, the ARA area jumps out. This can be explained by the business in and around this area and the intensity of the activity and actions that take place there.

In addition, attention was also paid to the online reporting system. This system will help to collect better and faster incident data in order to better respond to this.

A large number of documents and programs have been developed last year. Like the monthly Safety Flashes, Safety Alerts, Best Practices and other documents such as risk assessments or documents that came from partnerships.

In addition, we seek partnerships with our stakeholders, sometimes in the form of participating in committees, because we want to work together.


Large-scale emergency exercise

Ton Mol, Team Leader Safety Management & Operations at Interstream Barging, shared his experience of participating in a large-scale emergency exercise. In such an exercise, you will prepare for something unexpected. You do this with the people on board, the organization itself and of course the emergency services.

Every organization prepares for anticipated incidents, such as spills by having a spill coaming and plugs, fire on board by placing fire extinguishers and detection, a first aid box for small accidents and an AED to save someone’s life. In addition, there are the necessary procedures that provide guidelines to limit the consequences of emergency situations. Training courses are also followed as emergency response and fire drills.

All these training and exercises are meant to train the crew on board, but it is also valuable to train with emergency services. Interstream Barging has been involved in a large-scale exercise by SAMIJ. There were ‘wounded’ on board and various emergency services were involved. An educational exercise for everyone involved!

Watch the video here.


Competition + discipline = fun > safety is fun

Challenge each other to be sharp in a fun way.

Frank Versteegh, aviator, came to share his experiences and passion in the field of risk management and safety. He did this in an humorous way and did not hesitate to ask critical questions to the public.

In the aviation industry there has been a significant decline in incidents in recent years. According to Frank, this was partly due to the following elements:

  • More training, there is endless training.
  • Checklists (IMSAFE: Illness, Medication, Stress, Alcohol, Fatigue, Eating).
  • Medical checks and verification of competence.

‘You sometimes encounter unexpected situations. It may be that the weather is suddenly completely different from the weather forecast. Then it is important to assess the situation well and to take it for granted. Have a plan B or maybe even C and D. ‘

It is not a question of ‘íf ‘, but ‘when’.

Plan your flight and fly your plan.
When in doubt, don’t.