Teekay Gas signs up to Safety Culture Charter

The UK Chamber of Shipping is delighted to confirm Teekay Gas as the latest member to sign up to the Chamber’s Safety Culture Charter.

The Charter has been developed to encourage member organisations to review their safety culture and draw up clear commitment actions aimed at making safety improvements. Leading from the top down, the objective of the Charter is to reduce the number of accidents and incidents at sea.

Every year many hundreds of seafarers are killed or seriously injured in the line of their work. Improvements in safety require leadership, collective responsibility and all of the industry working collaboratively. This charter is a demonstrable step towards that goal, driving continuous improvement of safety culture across the maritime industry.

Confirming the news, Chamber Policy Director Tim Springett said:

“There is nothing worse than a major incident at sea and improvements in safety performance are always possible. This is the first time the UK shipping industry has worked together to improve safety culture – not just safety, but the culture underlying it. 

“The aim of this Charter is simple; to reduce the number of accidents and incidents at sea. With Teekay Gas joins over 30 companies, representing over 100,000 seafarers and over 1,500 ships, that have signed up to the Safety Culture Charter.”

Chris McDade, Vice President, Gas Operations Teekay Gas said:

“Here at Teekay Gas safety is a core value, as a company it defines all of our operations and our commitment to prevent harm to people and the environment. We use an integrated risk approach to the management of health and safety as we strive for zero incidents through Operational Excellence. We are delighted to be signatories of the UK Chamber of Shipping Safety Culture Charter, demonstrating our commitment to the safety of all our personnel by promoting a positive safety culture throughout our fleet.”

The Charter is the first stage of the UK shipping industry’s commitment to addressing safety culture in a collaborative manner.

Shipping companies are already assessing their safety cultures and working with their employees to improve it, but this approach encourages shipowners to share best practices, lessons learned, and the barriers faced in the pursuit of making shipping safer.