Safety: not only is it the right thing to do; it delivers tangible benefits. Leading commercial organizations understand that at its best, safety is a culture that permeates the whole organization. Moreover, our experience shows a direct correlation between safety and operational performance. Safety standards mitigate risk, thereby safeguarding operational performance.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and other industry benchmarks note lost-time accident (LTA) rates ranging from one to ten per year. This means that for every 100 employees working 40 hrs/week for 50 weeks/year, between one and ten injuries, illnesses or fatalities occurs (LTA). MLL management instituted the “Drive to Zero” initiative, with the ambitious goal of having zero lost-time accidents (LTAs), an accident severity index of zero, and zero oil spills. To maintain a safe and hazard-free environment at sea, MLL tracks LTAs, grades their severity, and institutes behavior-based safety techniques. Several of our ships have gone over 1,000 days LTA-free. Behavior-based safety involves documenting practices that may cause injuries and making the appropriate corrections. Our data, collected over time on scores of different vessels, shows a strong correlation between improved safety behaviors and increased safety, efficiency and overall crew well-being.
MLL attains the highest level of safety onboard the vessels through implementation of innovative safety programs. At its own expense, MLL conducts quarterly Safety Boot Camps for officers and unlicensed mariners to build and improve the culture of safety across the fleet on a continuous basis. Safety Boot Camps offer safety and leadership training for 3 to 5 days covering themes of effective communication, job safety analysis, and vessel inspection to identify potential issues before they become problems. These workshops instruct leaders to implement vessel safety throughout the crew. MLL also has safety trainers and audit teams routinely visiting vessels to provide onboard safety training and assessments. MLL recognizes the additional safety risks of working overside and the increased launch operations inherent to the vessels it operates.
Ultimately, safety is a collective responsibility that demands individual accountability, and it is through attention to detail, knowing your ship and equipment, and conscientious support of the mariner that safety is reflected in better operations and management. Each of MLL’s vessels has safety management and environmental protection procedures that dictate required drills, tests, inspections, and critical systems maintenance. These procedures provide checklists, which must be completed and retained for safety and environmentally sensitive activities such as entering and leaving port, confined space entry, working aloft, working overside and electrical system tag-out. Through safety regimens, operators instill clear lines of communication and stronger knowledge of the ship, which are fundamental to operational excellence. To learn more about our safety procedures, please read our Health, Safety, Quality, Environmental Protection, and Energy Policy 2015.