Marine Safety

  • We improved safety programs for our Waterfront Shipping fleet and raised our safety standards.

    In 2018, we continued to make improvements to our Responsible Care practices in marine safety. Our work in this area helped to maintain the strong fleet safety ratings we achieved last year.

    The improvements included changes to how we share about incidents and lessons learned, as well as changes to improve the quality of our incident investigations. We expanded our speak-up program, which reminds people to express any concerns about the safety of work and empowers them to openly ask questions and make suggestions to vessel and shore management.

    We enhanced our fleet’s training and mentoring programs in the areas of competency management, training development, and on-the-job training. We also focused on the mental health and well-being of sea staff. (See the sidebar story below.)

      Planned Achieved
    Vessel safety visits 25 25
    Annual Chemical Distribution Institute CDI-Marine inspections 25 25
    Methanol and nitrogen safety training sessions 100 100

    To verify that our fleet is suitable and approved to carry customers’ products, we maintain vetting inspection approvals from major international oil and gas companies. We also carry out Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) audit inspections and safety visits on our ships on an annual basis.

    Ship terminal
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    Making mental health top priority

    CSU engineering crew

    At our biennial Responsible Care meetings of the Methanol Group, discussions ordinarily revolve around Responsible Care performance and best practices. (The Methanol Group is a consortium of ship owners and ship-management companies that actively collaborate in the sharing of best practices and lessons learned related to safety.) However, at our June 2018 meeting, led by Waterfront Shipping, mental health for seafarers took top priority.

    In the past, mental health has not been an openly discussed topic. Methanex is working to change that across our organization. Data from marine industry experts shows that over the last six years, there has been a significant rise in mental health-related issues for ship crews. The top stressors are distance from family, social isolation, financial issues, fatigue/long hours, and inspection demands by regulators and other stakeholders.

    At the 2018 Methanol Group meeting, 58 people representing ship owners, ship managers, Waterfront Shipping, and Methanex selected mental health as the top priority among other emerging issues. Everyone committed to work toward progress in this area.

    To support the change and increase awareness, the ship-owning and ship-managing companies committed to including training and awareness programs for the senior officers in our fleet, among other actions. As well, Waterfront Shipping has added a chapter on mental health and motivation to its annual safety visit program.