A Risk Assessment Process to Measure your Best Practices
The flooding and subsequent capsize of the roll on/roll off passenger ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, on 6 March 1987, resulted in the loss of 193 lives. The formal investigation report revealed that “Clear instructions are the foundation of a safe system of operation”. The court stresses the need for:
- Clear and concise orders.
- Strict discipline.
- Attention at all times to all matters affecting the safety of the ship and those on board. There must be no “cutting of corners”.
- The maintenance of proper channels of communication between ship and shore for the receipt and dissemination of information.
- A clear and firm management and command structure.
LM SMS EFFECTIVENESS INDEX
In Lemur Maritime, we have developed a tool to benchmark your best practices.
TMSA Element 1A Stages 4.1, 4.2 and 4.3 are relevant.
|Best Practice||A||Excellent industry standard.|
|Good Practice||B+||Continuous improvement in SMS and best practice is clearly demonstrated.|
|B-||Well managed SMS with good practice implemented. All indicators at least satisfactory, demon-strating a sound management capability.|
|Defined basis for development||C||Satisfactory managed and implemented SMS with only minor scope for improvement in some of the indicators.|
|D||A broadly satisfactory SMS in place but with scope for improvement in many of the indicators.|
|Weak basis, few working processes||E||Some aspects of the SMS are satisfactory and provide potential for a good foundation, but there are major shortfalls in some indicators.|
|F||Several major shortfalls exist across many of the sections. The SMS is unsatisfactory overall but it has an improbable basis.|
|Poor Practice, no system in place||G||Many major shortfalls across all sections, however those managing the SMS acknowledge this and can provide evidence of corrective action being undertaken.|
|H||Unacceptable level of shortfalls in all indicators – the SMS will not be working.|