QUALITY MANAGEMENT & BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT –
HEALTH, SAFETY, SECURITY AND ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION
The management of SAL Heavy Lift are committed to ensuring healthy, injury-free workplaces and minimising their impact on the environment. All of our staff are committed both to ensuring their own safety and to protecting the environment.
Implementation of a quality management system
By implementing an integrated management system, SAL Heavy Lift has demonstrated its commitment to ensuring its employees’ safety and protecting the environment, in addition to providing high-quality heavy-lift transport. To ensure a consistently high level of quality, SAL Heavy Lift aligns its business processes to tap synergies whilst ensuring and fostering a culture of continual improvement in accordance with the ISO 9001 standard under which we are certified.
In addition to the objectives defined in our policies, SAL Heavy Lift’s employees receive appropriate training. They also share responsibility for ongoing implementation of our QM and HSSE standards, both on board and ashore.
Striving for operational excellence in HSSE
In line with our SAL HSSE policy, our Marine HSSE departments work to implement these policies in our fleet of vessels. By stressing three key aspects – people, processes, and tools – they strive to enable our crews to bolster the culture of safety which thrives at SAL Heavy Lift. This culture involves closely monitoring projects from the planning stages all the way to successful completion. Because of the delicate nature of most heavy lift cargos, they perform risk assessments, hold toolbox talks and ensure the maintenance of critical equipment to optimise safety during loading, sea passage and discharge.
HSSE training and awareness
To keep our shipboard teams fully informed about the latest HSSE practices, SAL Heavy Lift runs a comprehensive training programme involving regular seminars in Germany and the Philippines. Our crews have the opportunity to provide feedback, both on aspects where we could all improve and on improvements which have already been successfully introduced. Members of the Marine HSSE team frequently board the vessels to carry out and monitor operations and training activities and participate in on-board safety committees.
Security / antipiracy measures
The high incidence of piracy in the Gulf of Aden and adjacent waters poses a persistent threat to onboard safety. To address this, SAL Heavy Lift has developed a comprehensive Best Management Practice (BMP) plan as an emergency guideline. The BMP includes rules for transiting high-risk areas and dealing with actual pirate attacks and hostage situations. All vessels entering the Gulf of Aden are registered for the Internationally Recommended Transit Corridor, which they traverse for added safety and to facilitate military action if required. The company has developed a set of special precautionary measures to protect crews, vessels and cargo whilst passing through this high-risk area.
SAL Heavy Lift upholds the highest standards in respect of HSEQ: all vessels are certified as conforming to ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001. Type 183, 176 and 116 have Environmental Passports confirming this compliance.