4. Health, safety and environment
The safety of the seafarers and the maritime operations is priority number one for Torvald Klaveness’ shipping operations. There were 24 minor or medium severe injuries reported in 2013. This corresponds to approximately 1.6 injuries per ship year, up from 1.4 in 2012.
There have been no hijackings of commercial vessels in the Gulf of Aden or the Indian Ocean in 2013. This is mainly caused by the presence of military forces, use of armed guards on board, and owners more actively using best management practices. There is still piracy activity, but in 2013 it was more concentrated in the Gulf of Aden and the western part of the Indian Ocean. Several attempts on hijacking and suspicious approaches have been reported. An increased piracy activity has also been observed in Western Africa, and hijacking of vessels and/or personnel is frequently reported. Use of armed guards in this area is complicated by local rules and regulations. Hence, the vessels are today depending on own countermeasures. Most piracy incidents today are reported around Indonesia, but this is mainly a threat to anchored vessels.
The ISO 9001/14001 and OHSAS 18001 certification process of the technical management company Klaveness Ship Management AS was initiated in 2011. Klaveness Ship Management AS was certified according to all relevant standards in 2013.
Klaveness has established a centre of excellence focusing on improving the fleets’ energy efficiency by continuously monitoring the vessels’ performance and following up energy efficiency activities in the company. In 2013, the fleets’ energy efficiency has on average improved by 4.3% compared to the baseline in 2012. This is a result of several initiatives including voyage planning and execution, technical modifications, and increased awareness in all parts of the organisation. Klaveness is dedicated to maintaining and further improving the fleets’ energy efficiency in 2014. Focus on measures to reduce the vessels energy consumption has also played an important role for Klaveness in the newbuilding projects.