Commercial Pressures Put OSV Crews at Risk

first_imgzoom Some 50% of crews working on offshore support vessels (OSVs) are willing to compromise safety rather than say ‘no’ to clients or senior management, while nearly 80% believe commercial pressures could influence the safety of their working practices, according to a report commissioned by operations and maintenance management software specialist Helm Operations.The findings from the report titled ‘The Impact of Crew Engagement and Organizational Culture on Maritime Safety in the Workboats and OSV Sectors’ were released to coincide with this week’s International Maritime Organization Maritime Safety Committee meeting.The report is the first maritime safety study specific to workboats and OSVs and will be finalized in time for World Maritime Day 2015, on September 26.The independent report will summarize six months of research by Dr Kate Pike and Emma Broadhurst of Southampton Solent University. It draws on original analysis of Port State Control detention records, feedback from 50 offshore companies, incident case studies, and input from leaders in best practice.”This is a major contribution to knowledge in the industry, highlighting the link between the human element and safety performance in this distinct sector,” said Ron deBruyne, CEO and Founder of Helm Operations.”It tests often repeated regulatory assumptions, establishes the realities of workboat and OSV safety, and provides key recommendations aimed at improving maritime safety.”Despite the inherently risky nature of their work, many workboats are not bound by SOLAS or the International Safety Management (ISM) Code. Both the Paris and the Tokyo Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) data show that 27% of workboat deficiencies relate to certificates and documentation, the report says.An online survey drawing on 50 key offshore companies saw 34% of respondents saying their company needed to offer additional operational and technical training.”We’re concerned that the research also confirms how under-reporting of near misses can undermine an entire safety culture,” said deBruyne.”This is partly due to the repercussions of reporting. Better safety management procedures, improved safety culture and crew wellbeing mean lower workboat and OSV deficiencies and detentions.”To support this contention, the report identifies a set of eight safety criteria to help companies establish safety management systems that follow the principles set out in the ISM Code. It offers recommendations on communication; empowerment of employees; feedback systems; mutual trust; problem identification; promotion of safety; responsiveness; and safety awareness.last_img read more

Truro Family of Doctors Sees Value Relaxation in Woodlot Management

first_imgThree generations of Truro-area doctors know the value of being recognized as good stewards of the forest. When the Cook family received a regional Woodlot Owner of the Year Award in 2009, “it made us feel a lot better about what we are doing,” says George Cook, the eldest of the family of doctors. “I think the more people are aware of the values you’re trying to promote in your woodlot, the more people will take an interest in it and maybe decide to do it themselves,” says son Steven. George, who spent part of his childhood roaming woods in Hants County, bought one parcel of land in the 1970s in Colchester County. The woodlot is now 366 hectares (904 acres) of mainly hardwoods, such as sugar maple, with some softwoods and about 2.4 hectares (six acres) of wild blueberries. The Cooks based their decisions on advice from foresters and forest technicians. “Without a management plan, I wouldn’t have known how to carry out any of the activities in a way that would produce the kind of results that came to pass,” says George. Within the past three years, a new management plan has been developed. “We’d like to have a more diversified forest,” said Steven. There is also more focus on the recreational benefits of the woodlot, including the possible creation of a nature trail. George’s grandson Chris says the new plan fits in well with the priorities of his young family. “We’re focused more on what the kids can do in the woodlot and on having a diversity, of tree types and strawberries and blueberries and what we can use the forest for now and in the future.” Like many people whose work involves a lot of mental effort, time on the woodlot has its own rewards. “As physicians, in an office or hospital environment we’re seeing and talking to people, dealing with problems all day long,” says Steven. “As much as we might enjoy that, getting out into the woods is totally different. It’s like going on vacation, except you don’t have to take a week off and travel to the other side of the world.” There are many dedicated woodlot owners across Nova Scotia and the Department of Natural Resources would like to hear more about them. People who know someone managing their woodland in a sustainable way, should consider nominating them for the 22nd annual Woodlot Owner of the Year Award (WOYA). The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2011. Eligible woodlot owners must live in the province, own 20 to 800 hectares (50-2,000 acres) of woodland and be willing to host a field day. Nomination forms and more information about the WOYA program can be found at or by calling toll-free 1-866-226-7577. Taking the time to nominate a person or family for their stewardship of the forest could result in a welcome surprise for a neighbour, friend, or acquaintance. “Being told we have a nice woodlot and we’ve done nice things to it, it made us feel really good,” says George Cook. -30-last_img read more

From hockey to yoga alumni events bring grads together

What was your favourite part of the event?Catching up with old friends.Click here for updates on future Brock Alumni Network events.Make sure we have your correct mailing information to ensure you get invited to future events. Click here to update! What was your favourite part of the event?The dean, Don Cyr, playing piano.Niagara Brock Alumni Network | IceDogs hockey game and Social at Gord’s PlaceThurs. Mar. 14, submitted by Scott Glover (BSc ’06)* This event was in collaboration with Brock Alumni Relations, NEXTNiagara and Brock University Co-Op Programs. Have you ever attended an alumni event before?No, this was my first alumni event.Describe the event in three words. Networking, YoPros (young professionals), fun.What was your favourite part of the event? My favourite part was the social before the game. I made some new connections and had  great conversations with Brock Alumni and Co-Op students.Toronto Brock Alumni Network | Maple Syrup Festival at Brooks FarmSat.  Mar. 16, 2013, submitted by Natalie Quesnelle (BSM ’99)Have you ever attended an alumni event before?No, this was my first event. Describe the event in three words. Family-friendly, Great change of pace, fun. Over the past two months, Brock Alumni Networks have hosted over five successful events all over southern Ontario. Each event is organized by a group of dedicated alumni volunteers who hope to connect with fellow grads for social, professional development and networking events. We asked attendees from each event to review their experience while there.Niagara Brock Alumni Network | Sip and Skate at Ravine VineyardSat. Feb. 16, 2013, submitted by Andrew Ware (BBE’03)Have you ever attended an alumni event before?Yes, I have attended the Alumni Association’s AGM in 2011 and 2012 as well as the Alumni of Distinction Awards in 2012.Describe the event in three words.Savvy, Fresh, YummyWhat was your favourite part of the event?Although the white chocolate truffle was one of the best things that I have ever tasted, the best part was the fellowship.Waterloo-Wellington Brock Alumni Network | Social at Huether HotelThurs. Feb. 21, 2013, submitted by Sara Glover (BA ’09)Have you ever attended an alumni event before?Yes. I attended the Toronto Brock Alumni Pub Night in May 2011.Describe the event in three words.Engaging, Informative, Good ConversationsWhat was your favorite part of the event?Connecting with local grads, especially others who had just moved to the area (similar situation as myself). Food was great too!Toronto Brock Alumni Network | Lululemon Yoga & ShoppingWed. Feb. 27, 2013, submitted by Taryn Orava (BKin ’08)Have you ever attended an alumni event before?Yes, I have previously attended the speaker series during Brock Days Alumni Weekend in 2010 and 2011 and hosted the Brock Cheerleading Alumni Reunion during Brock Days Alumni Weekend in 2012.  This Lululemon event, however, was the first local Alumni event I have attended.Describe the event in three words.Peaceful, Engaging, UniqueWhat was your favourite part of the event? My favourite part of this event was the opportunity to share something that I am personally interested in, yoga (and shopping), with fellow Badger Alumni. It was great to see some familiar faces in the crowd, reconnect with old colleagues and network with new friends during the private shopping event.Goodman School of Business | Celebration in TorontoThurs.  Feb. 28, 2013, submitted by Quinn Ryan (BBA ’09)Have you ever attended an alumni event before?Yes, I’ve attended the past couple of Toronto Brock Alumni Pub Nights; one at Labatts Pub and one at Amsterdam Brewery.Describe the event in three words.Good food, Classy, Fun conversation. read more

Nonnationals may work up to 30 days per year without permit

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCaribbean News Round-upNovember 15, 2015In “Regional”Improvements planned for T&T prisonsJuly 14, 2017In “latest news”T&T Gov’t building profile on those going to SyriaAugust 3, 2016In “latest news” Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon(Trinidad Guardian) A non-na­tion­al of T&T can work in this coun­try for 30 days with­out a work per­mit for one time on­ly dur­ing a year, Hous­ing Min­is­ter Ed­mund Dil­lon has point­ed out.Dil­lon gave the in­for­ma­tion in the Sen­ate yes­ter­day fol­low­ing queries from Op­po­si­tion Sen­a­tor Wade Mark on what ac­tion was be­ing tak­en by Ude­cott against con­trac­tors who “open­ly flout” T&T’s Im­mi­gra­tion laws by con­tin­ued em­ploy­ment of non-na­tion­als with­out the rel­e­vant work per­mits.This fol­lowed yes­ter­day’s T&T Guardian ex­clu­sive which re­vealed some 70 work­ers had been fired from the Red House project be­cause they lacked work per­mits.Dil­lon said, “Ude­cott has tak­en an ini­tia­tive – where­by when the is­sue was brought to the pub­lic do­main – they wrote the con­trac­tors out­lin­ing the Im­mi­gra­tion laws re­gard­ing work per­mits. Ad­di­tion­al­ly, Ude­cott has done ran­dom checks at all their sites be­tween Ju­ly, Au­gust and this month and has as­sured me that to date there is no one on any of their sites – non-na­tion­als – with­out the rel­e­vant work per­mit.“I al­so want to put in­to the pub­lic do­main the Im­mi­gra­tion laws. You have to do a lot of in­ves­ti­ga­tion. Non-na­tion­als can come in­to this coun­try – as long as they de­clare to the Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer – and they can work with­out a work per­mit for 30 days. They can do so for once in any one year. So there are peo­ple – non-na­tion­als – who can work for 30 days in this coun­try with­out a work per­mit.” read more