Robust safety culture

9 July 2021

At Höegh Autoliners we believe a safe working environment is essential to employee health and operational safety. The company implements high-quality protocols to ensure its crew’s safety and wellbeing and comprehensive safety campaigns have been developed across its fleet to prevent lost-time injuries (LTI). 

Proactive monitoring

A safety focussed database repository and a robust safety management system are part of the tools the company uses to continually improve safety, the safety culture and prevent lost time injury incidents. An LTI refers to a work-related incident that results in a disability or an employee missing work due to an injury. 

Höegh Technical Management (HTM) is responsible for the ship management of Höegh’s owned vessels and its HSSEQ department closely monitor the condition of the vessels and its crew to ensure high safety records are maintained. 

Alden Pomperada, HSSEQ Manager, shares, "Reports from the vessels are gathered and analysed to identify key issues and concerns. Aside from identifying risks, the reports also help us recognise patterns of injuries being sustained by the crew members, either at work or during extra-curricular activities. We constantly remind our crew to prioritise safety on their day-to-day activities."

Promoting a culture of safety

For Alden, developing a working system is a key to build a culture of safety. He says,

Höegh’s safety culture started many years ago, but the job is never done in regard to safety, we are always looking at ways to improve. We encourage our fleet to report comprehensively to understand the vessel’s condition and what support they require from management.

The results of the reports are shared amongst the vessels and work as a safety awareness campaign. This helps them prepare for possible hazards and alert them of the types of injuries commonly experienced.

A goal of LTI free vessels

Alden concludes,

By proactively monitoring and improving safety programs, seafarers will be healthier and happier and lost time injury (LTI)  incidents can be prevented. Our primary goal is LTI free vessels. We continue to strengthen our safety culture to maintain the safety of our seafarers so that they can return to their loved ones in sound condition.