Tools & Resources​


Shared knowledge and guiding principles are key to the success of Together in Safety. Tap into safety best practice, tools and resources to start making a difference today.


World-class safety is much about culture as operations, so when visible safety is championed from the top of an organisation it can be truly transformative.

Incident Prevention

Based on extensive major incident type data, we target the key risk areas faced by the industry and offer clear, practical guidance on how to stay safe.

Wellbeing & Care

A working environment where employees feel supported and cared for is one of the key pillars in making sure you have a healthy, happy and high-performing team.


Working together on industry challenges to combine collective knowledge and expertise for the benefit of the industry.

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The fatal accident rate in Britain is 21 times worse in merchant shipping than in the general workforce. [1]


Over the last 10 years, 1 ship has been lost every 3 days on average. [2]


In 2018, 30 losses were caused by foundering/sinking. [3]

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Claims between 2013 and 2018 due to machinery damage in marine insurance. [4]


Marine industry fire incidents were reported in 2018. [5]

Safety in action

Together in Safety is an initiative that brings together leading maritime organisations with the shared goal of creating a safer industry for our people, our partners and the public.


[1] – Fatal accidents and injuries among merchant seafarers worldwide, S.E.Roberts et al, published 26 March 2014.
[2], [3], [4], [5] – Allianz Safety & Shipping Review 2019.


Setting a Vision: Having a clear vision for safety and knowing how to bring others along and take positive action are key to great safety leadership.

  • Establish and commit to a Safety Culture Charter – set out “how we do things here”.
  • Project your vision for a zero-accident industry, See here.
  • Promote and demonstrate Key Behaviours of Great Safety Leadership.
  • Define what HSSE excellence looks like and clearly define goals and resources to achieve continual improvement. (TMSA Element 1 and 1A)
  • Build a strategic plan to ensure continual improvements in HSSE performance are achieved. (TMSA Element 1 and 1A)

Accountability & Commitment: Leading by example through visible, involved and engaged leadership.

  • Lead by example through being visible, involved and engaged.
  • Model safety compliant behaviours, setting a benchmark of what is expected from the team.
  • Promote the Golden Safety rules – to establish a basic framework of Do’s and Don’ts’s around safety behaviours.
  • Challenge team members to think about
    safety issues and scenarios.
  • Expect all team members to adopt the same level of focus and action.
  • Practice a Learner Mindset to create a safe environment for reporting, and to
    support greater responsibility.

Engagement & Collaboration: Understanding how your behaviours matter when engaging with your team.

  • Understand how your behaviours matter when engaging with your team.
  • Be accessible, with an ‘open door’ policy to safety.
  • Listen to learn – conduct remote engagements with the “sharp end” of your business – often!
  • Be visible – Conduct physical senior leader engagements when you are able.
  • Create Company guidance and structure on best ways to conduct engagements.
  • Communicate in an authentic way as to
    why you care.

Verify & Act: Checking that good practices are being implemented.


  • See for yourself! Check that good practices from the Together in Safety programme are being implemented.
  • Challenge your team during Senior Leader Engagements, within your office environment and onboard the vessels you are responsible for.
  • Proactively reduce exposure to risk by understanding how your team feel about safety in your Company. Conduct regular Safety Climate Assessments and act on improvement areas. See Operator example attached.


Incident Prevention

Lifeboats – Accidents during launching , recovery and planned maintenance of lifeboats.

Vehicle Decks – Accidents while working in and around vehicle decks, to both crew and stevedores.

Engine room fires – Loss Off Primary Containment (LOPC) – risk of fuel systems coming into contact with hot surfaces.

Personnel transfer – Risk of serious injury and drowning during the transfer of personnel, including use of gangways, ladders and personnel baskets.

Enclosed space entry – Risk of asphyxiation during enclosed space entry.

Lifting operations – Risk of serious injury to personnel through suspended loads and equipment failure.

Mooring operations – Accidents in and around the mooring area during mooring operations.

Navigation Incidents – These include collisions, allisions, fixed & floating objects (FFO) and groundings. Risk of serious injury, pollution and total loss.

Heavy weather – Accidents on deck and within the accommodation and engine room during periods of heavy weather.

Bunker spills – Loss of containment of fuel oil on deck and over the side during bunkering operations.

Engine room flooding – Risk of serious injury and sinking due to failure of seawater circulation systems or structural failure.

Container fires – Risk of serious injury, cargo and total loss due to mis-declaration of containers and inappropriate stowage.

Container losses – Risk of serious injury, cargo and total loss due to mis-declaration of container weights, insufficient lashings, navigation and associated stability issues.

High pressure – Undesired events related to loss of primary containment (steam) and airline ruptures, categorized as explosion with no preceding fire.

Wellbeing & Care

Commitment Statement: Demonstrate your commitment to the wellbeing and care of your people by sharing and displaying this statement

Protect: Good practice guidance for policies, systems and structures that protect positive mental health and wellbeing onboard.

Promote: Information, tools and techniques for creating conditions on board that promote positive mental health and wellbeing.

Respond: Good practice in early recognition & response, emergency procedures, training & competence, and major incident response for mental health.


Standardised Data: Working to simplify and standardise data collection, where it is recognised there is a lack of full reporting of reliable and accurate data concerning fatalities, suicides and injuries involving seafarers.

Safety of Future Fuels: Assessing the operational risks and the resulting competence requirements for the safe handling of future fuels.

Learning from Others: Working with and learning from other industries including the air and rail industries where strides have been in improving safety.

Human performance & wellbeing


Research shows that safe and well-motivated teams are happier and more productive – and we all have a role to play in making sure incidents are reduced and everyone feels that they are being looked after at work.

The Maritime wellbeing website below has a wealth of information on how leaders and individual team members can take steps to improve physical and mental wellbeing.

Data utilisation


The more our industry collaborates, the greater our chances of achieving our vision of an incident free industry. Incident and near miss data is critical to our ability to learn, and sharing data across our industry is how we will truly make a difference.

We have worked together with HiLo Risk Management to support development of a free to use, anonymous data platform.

Golden safety rules

The 9 Golden Safety Rules focus on the work areas known to have a significant impact on safety in the maritime industry – from fall prevention and spotting hazards to hotwork and navigation.

Taking each area in turn, the rules highlight the key issues involved and give operators a series of Dos and Don’ts that can be shared with employees to promote safer working practices.