Page 72

175_anniversary_year_book

Crews are equipped with modern safety equipment and regularly attend courses on safety training. A safety mindset is essential to protect people, customers’ assets and investments and not least the environment – a concern to communities globally. The safety focus of SVITZER offers a sense of purpose and credibility that the employees are proud of: “I do spend a lot of time on paper work now compared with what I used to. But it is very nice to be able to show the customers our actual records, so they know for sure that we do what we say we do.” TUG CAPTAIN The safety profi le is also valued highly by the crews working on the emergency response/rescue vessels, as they recognize that safety is the core service they provide. A captain of an emergency response/rescue vessel working in the North Sea explains that concern for safety is integral to both the technological facilities and the practices of the crews: “We practise extensively with the Fast Rescue Crafts and we practise saving 80 kilo dummies in cold water wearing protective suits. It is really important that the crews of the rigs can see from our drills that if they fall in the water, we will be able to rescue them within three minutes. If we had not practised to the extent that we do, we would never have achieved what we have so far, and we are always in the front with new equipment – based both on our own specifi c experience of rescuing people at sea and new technology – and all solutions are thoroughly tested. The rescue vessels are specially fi tted with a gym so the crew can keep fi t and with an emergency room, fi rst aid equipment and room for up to 300 people in case of a big accident. There is AIS (Automatic Identifi cation System), a Davit-system for the Fast Rescue Crafts and a low freeboard.” SVITZER MENJA assisting a tanker in Scandinavia. Right: CP VALOUR taken off the Island of Horta, in the CAPTAIN, ESVAGT Azores, in September 2005. The vessel ran aground on a voyage from Canada to Europe. Due to winter weather she was soon declared a constructive total loss. SVITZER mobilized an 86 man salvage team along with tugs, barges and a jack-up. After four months on location – during which the cargo was recovered and re-delivered to Lisbon – the ship was successfully re-fl oated. 70 S V I T Z E R – S A F E T Y A N D S U P P O R T AT S E A


175_anniversary_year_book
To see the actual publication please follow the link above