Safety Overview


Safety is our top priority in CNCo. We continuously strive to provide a safe and healthy working environment and to cultivate a safe mindset for both our employees and contractors alike. By having a strong safety focus together with robust reporting and learning culture we make safety everyone’s priority. Our goal is to build an industry leading safety culture.

2017 Summary

CNCo has a Health and Safety Policy in place which states our commitment to Zero Harm to all personnel and at all our business / operations sites ashore and at sea. We are committed to ensuring that Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) considerations are an integral part of our decision-making process and culture. CNCo’s philosophy is never to allow business objectives to compromise the health and safety of its employees, customers, visitors, contractors and the wider community. We take responsibility for safety at sea, at port and in our offices. This Policy is available on all our vessels and offices globally and is updated periodically.


2017 saw a significant improvement in CNCo’s safety records. The strong push to strengthen the Company’s safety culture that we embarked on in the latter part of 2016 had a noticeable effect resulting in a year with zero fatalities and a reduced 10 LTIs. Very importantly, the majority of those 10 LTIs were of a less severe nature than in the previous year.

Even with all the initiatives implemented during the latter part of 2016 and the first half of 2017, it was decided to undertake a Safety Maturity Assessment by a third-party consultancy firm, Green-Jakobsen, a consultancy highly experienced in safety, leadership and human resource management in the maritime industry. In 2017, CNCo conducted a Global Safety Culture Assessment to help improve our safety programmes and to advance the progress towards the Company's goal of a Zero Harm culture.

CNCo’s strong safety culture makes me feel at ease

I joined CNCo as an engine cadet for many reasons, in particular, for the priority given to safety in this company. Since this is my first time on board a ship, all the uneasiness I would have had just disappeared. The safety culture on board and the way the ship’s personnel function regardless of nationality or race make me feel most welcome. In the three months on board, I feel like a part of the crew and not just another worker / trainee.

The seniors always listen to my ideas and give me feedback on what they think is missing and guide me. The seniors on board have shown me that the main goal of this job is get work done with Zero incident and are strict about the safety procedure one follows when doing a job, for example PPE details such as which gloves are most suitable for the task at hand.

All these have enabled me to have a very pleasant learning experience on how to work safely and efficiently and I hope to keep learning.

by Samitha De Silva, engine cadet, MV Kweilin

The assessment covered ten safety culture areas, namely:

1. Executive Commitment
2. Health and Wellbeing
3. Risk Management
4. Safety Leadership
5. Competence and Performance Management
6. Training Programmes
7. Safety Communication
8. Safety Reporting
9. Safety Management Systems
10. Officers’ and Managers’ Commitment

The result of the assessment was announced in December 2017 and revealed that the overall safety maturity level of the Company was at the level where all necessary safety management systems were in place and there was a general understanding of how to ensure safety performance. However, the efforts towards safety were inconsistent. Safety initiatives were generally based on reactive learning from actual incidents and industry findings or pushed by customers. Safety initiatives were mostly driven by a few persons in the organisation.

CNCo’s maturity level had significant variations. Two areas stood out positively: “Executive Commitment” and “Training Programmes”, whereas four areas were slightly below the industry average: “Safety Leadership”, “Competence and Performance Management”, “Safety Reporting”, and “Officers’ and Managers’ Commitment”.

These findings will be used in safety culture programmes in CNCo’s on-going efforts to improve our safety performance with particular emphasis on the areas where we were found lacking compared to industry peers. Our goal is for CNCo to become an industry leader in safety.

CNCo Fleet Safety Statistics

Among other safety initiatives taken during 2017, the recruitment and promotions procedures for cadets and officers were further strengthened with the introduction of a Safety Recruitment Assessment Tool. All new hire cadets and officers, plus all in-house candidates for promotion to senior officer ranks, must take and pass an on-line safety assessment. The assessments gauge the candidates’ safety profiles and this tool proved to be accurate, providing the crewing department with important information during the interview for recruitment and / or promotion.

A senior officers’ attachment programme was also introduced to ensure that all newly-hired Masters and Chief Engineers, as well as in-house officers promoted to these ranks, spend two full weeks in the head office in Singapore familiarising themselves with office procedures, departmental structure and getting acquainted with the office employees with whom they will have to interact once they join a ship.

CNCo conducted a Global Safety Culture Assessment to help improve our safety programmes and to advance the progress towards the Company's goal of a Zero Harm culture.

MV Szechuen holds Zero Harm day

Just as CNCo offices organise regular crisis simulation exercises to test our emergency preparedness, it is equally important that our crew are well-versed to handle any emergencies on board the vessels.

On 16 September 2017, the crew and officers of MV Szechuen actively participated in a Zero Harm day. The day started at 8 in the morning with everyone going through the latest safety videos followed by several discussions conducted by the Chief Officer and 2nd Engineer. Hands-on training and drills were conducted after the desktop discussion. The crew started with a fire drill at the incinerator room followed by an abandon ship drill in the afternoon.