Occupational Health and Safety

Health and Safety

CNCo has made considerable improvements in safety performance during 2012 which saw the leading indicators (near miss reports / TRIPs) for safety having a positive effect on the lagging indicators (LTI/RWC/MTC).

The drive for zero harm for all its employees and contractors remains paramount and is headlined at every opportunity during training sessions, meetings and in in-house publications.

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Lost Time Injury
Total Recordable Case Frequency
Restricted Work Case
Medical Treatment Case
Toolbox Risk Identification Permit


The key to ensuring that safety is prioritised as the main commitment for the Company was the adoption of a bottom-up style of management in which everyone is empowered to take action to affect safety directly or indirectly, whether on board or ashore and where positive reporting of safety related matters is encouraged and recognised.

The governance to drive this commitment comes from CNCo’s Sustainable Development Steering Group which maintains a balance of representation between Seniormost Management, Sustainable Development, Fleet Safety and Shore Safety and is structured so that each is interlinked with each other.

The following proactive and predominatly leading safety tools were in effect during 2012 to drive our commitment to Zero Harm:

Near Miss Reporting
Near Miss Reports (“NMR”) are actively encouraged as they highlight opportunities for improvement

General Permit to Work
Toolbox Risk Identification Permit (“TRIP”) – these identify possible risks and hazards, enabling control management and the development of the required shared ownership for the work activity.

Take – 5 Concept
This is a personal safety tool that provides a conscious and subconscious “on the job” message to work more safely.

Digital Safety Counters
Installed on every ship and office: both real time and visual behavioural based safety prompts.

Implementation of 5S
Sort, Straighten, Sweep, Standardize & Sustain

4-Box Alerts
These are high-impact, visual alerts of high-potential incidents that create a strong visual message that are quickly circulated around the entire organisation and seen by everyone.


Further initiatives to strengthen the wider process have been introduced, including vessel inspection protocol for both CNCo and 3rd Party ships and an auditing and training programme for stevedoring operations within our sphere of operations.

For vessel vetting, this has resulted in a standardized vessel inspection format with emphasis on the Human Element as well as technical matters.

Transparency in reporting safety KPIs is crucial to ensure that everyone understands that CNCo takes safety seriously.

The safety tools mentioned above as well as considerable investment in safety awareness training (looking at the softer elements of safety management) have provide the framework for tangible improvements in safety management as can be shown in the comparison for CNCo’s safety pyramids for 2011 and 2012.

Each indicator shown improved between 2011 and 2012, as we seek fewer LTI and RWC/MTC but more Near Miss Reports and TRIPs.

CNCo was recognised for its achievements in improving its safety performance as well as its safety culture during 2012 with two awards:

The Lloyd’s List Global Award 2012
Amver Assisted Rescue at Sea Award - MV Kwangtung for search and rescue of Rabaul Queen

The Lloyd’s List Asia 2012
Safety Award – The China Navigation Company