Dead Reckoning by Safety Management?

The roll on/roll-off passenger/freight ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsized killing 193 people while transporting 80 crew members and 459 passengers in March of 1987. This article discusses how the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster remains a reminder of the consequences of poor safety management practices. One goal of the International Safety Management (ISM) Code is to establish a process of continuous communication, training, and actions that constantly maintain the vessel in a state of full compliance with safety and environmental protection regulations. This includes the processes and procedures for reporting accidents and nonconformities. The ISM Code doesn’t necessarily prescribe a manner in which this must be done, it allows companies to define their own ways of reaching that goal, taking into account the prescribed functional requirements for a safety management system (SMS). There is no one correct way to do this because an effective SMS is tailor-made to fit an individual company’s culture, organization, service, and work environment. What may work for one company may not work for another. A company’s success level putting its SMS into operation is directly related to the organization’s commitment to achieving safety goals.


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  • Accession Number: 01608147
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2016 12:30PM