Shipping is being subjected to ever-stricter environmental and safety requirements, and Knutsen have the objectives concerning a high quality of the operation of the vessels. The fleet consists of modern vessels of high technical standards where all of the vessels have double hull.
Knutsen places considerable emphasis on safety and quality control, and strict requirements are put on safety and operation of the vessels. Knutsen has established overall guidelines to ensure that:
The Knutsen activities shall be executed professionally and in accordance with national and international rules and regulations as well as internal and external standards and proactive actions shall be taken to avoid injuries, loss of life and material damages.
The Knutsen operations shall be planned and attention shall be made on executing activities and operations so that the environmental consequences are minimized.
The Knutsen HSSE & QA system, is in accordance with international requirements and standards, and the company maintains all necessary certificates for its operation of activities. Knutsen OAS Shipping AS, was certified according to the, ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004, standards from 1st April 2009. Special attention is placed on preventive activities. Any deviation from implemented procedures is reported and processed in the HSSE & QA system.
Knutsen has an active approach regarding implementation of technology for reducing emissions to water and air.
Our Safety Management System comprises all aspects related to health, safety, security, environmental protection and quality. The system fulfills the requirements of:
- The ISM-code
- The ISPS – code
- The ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Standard
- The ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Standard
The Safety Management System is used by all vessels and shore offices within the Knutsen group.
Knutsen, aim to deliver services and products at a high level of Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental standard that complies with the requirements of our Safety Management System, international & statutory regulations and meets or exceeds contractual and legal obligations.
Our Safety Management System shall focus on providing a safe work place for all employees and satisfying and meeting the customers’ requirements and expectations.
It is the Stated Policy of Knutsen to ensure that no personnel are injured during their employment for KOAS, including visitors and others who may be affected by our activities.
Furthermore, we shall pay appropriate regard to the environment by acting to preserve air, water, soil, plant life and animals from adverse effects and to minimize any nuisance that may arise from our activities.
To achieve the required level of Health, Safety and Environment we shall employ qualified and trained personnel, apply adequate technology and effective procedures. All activities shall be planned, executed, verified and corrected in order to continuously improve the quality, health, safety and environmental performance in all organizational levels of Knutsen.
It is of outmost importance that vessels reports all undesired events, in order to obtain continuous improvement of the Work Environment and Safety Level onboard.
The company’s use the electronic online system Docmap for registering, identifying and tracking all events that the Company wishes to control, as well as for recording these events systematically and transfer experience between vessels and office.
The Safety Management System in DocMap is the Company’s main tool to improve the HSE&QA performance. All Company personnel are obliged to proper use of Company Procedures, Personal Protection Equipment, Risk Assessment, Toolbox Talk and Time Out and to report Accident/Incidents, Non Conformances, Near Misses and other preventive reports.
The Knutsen fleet is subject to the most stringent ship control regime in the world. Each vessel is subject to several vetting inspections by our customers every year. In addition, port state-, flag state- and internal safety- and technical inspections are carried out.
In order to keep a continuous focus on our HSE performance, programs and campaigns are initiated as part of our efforts for improvement. In 2010, Knutsen OAS introduced a new slogan: “We Are Committed to Safety” which was followed up with a safety program. This program is extensive, and covers Safety Behavior training, Active leadership, Risk Assessment, Tool Box Talk, Near Misses reporting, Familiarization of routines and procedures and Root Cause Investigation. We are continuously measuring our safety performance to show that we are committed to safety. The target is to improve safety and safety behavior in all aspects of our operations, both on our ships and ashore.
Knutsen has implemented the following standards:
The International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) addresses the responsibilities of the people who manage and operate ships and provides an international standard for the safe management and operation of ships and for pollution prevention.
The application of the ISM Code should support and encourage the development of a safety culture in shipping. Success factors for the development of a safety culture include: commitment, values and beliefs.
The Code establishes safety-management objectives and requires a safety management system (SMS) to be established by “the Company”, which is defined as the shipowner or any person, such as the manager or bareboat charterer, who has assumed responsibility for operating the ship. The Company is then required to establish and implement a policy for achieving these objectives. This includes providing the necessary resources and shore-based support.
The International Ship and Port Facility Security Code (ISPS Code) is a comprehensive set of measures to enhance the security of ships and port facilities, developed in response to the perceived threats to ships and port facilities in the wake of the 9/11 attacks in the United States.
In essence, the Code takes the approach that ensuring the security of ships and port facilities is a risk management activity and that, to determine what security measures are appropriate, an assessment of the risks must be made in each particular case.
The purpose of the Code is to provide a standardized, consistent framework for evaluating risk, enabling Governments to offset changes in threat with changes in vulnerability for ships and port facilities through determination of appropriate security levels and corresponding security measures.
The ISO 9001 is primarily concerned with “quality management”. This means what the company does to fulfil: – the customer’s quality requirements, and – applicable regulatory requirements, while aiming to – enhance customer satisfaction, and – achieve continual improvement of its performance in pursuit of these objectives.
The ISO 14001 is primarily concerned with “environmental management”. This means what the company does to: – minimize harmful effects on the environment caused by its activities and to – achieve continual improvement of its environmental performance.
The Tanker Management and Self Assessment (TMSA) programme provides ship operators with a means to improve and measure their own management systems. The programme encourages ship operators to assess their safety management systems against listed performance indicators. The results of these assessments can then be used to develop an improvement plan, using the stages of attainment described in the programme, to achieve safety and environmental excellence.
It is the stated policy of Knutsen OAS Shipping AS and its employees shall pay appropriate regard to the environment by acting to preserve air, water, soil, plant life and animals from adverse effects and to minimize any nuisance that may arise from our activities. We also believe that accidents – being harm to people, the environment or physical damage – don’t just happen, and are preventable.
Knutsen has a very strong focus on environmental issues, and is certified according to ISO 14001:2004. ISO 14001:2004, specifies requirements for an environmental management system to enable an organization to develop and implement a policy and objectives regarding pertinent environmental issues. This management system is to take into account legal requirements and other requirements to which the organization subscribes, and information about significant environmental aspects. It applies to those environmental aspects that the organization identifies as those which it can control and those which it can influence. It does not itself state specific environmental performance criteria; this is determined by the organization itself. [link to Knutsen environmental movie]
Our target is to have zero pollution incidents. Knutsen has also established a 5 year plan which includes 6 environmental projects: VOC management plans and KVOC (Knutsen technology), Ballast water treatment technology (Knutsen technology), fuel and energy conservation, NOx emissions, particulates emissions and fuel efficiency measures.
Near miss reporting is often associated with personal injury and material damages, events relating to the environment should not be forgotten. It is a requirement in certain areas to report all incidents or near misses related to the environment, reinforcing the need for environmental reporting.
Suggestion for Improvement
Suggestions for improvement with regards to the environment are highly valued and will be considered for best suggestion for improvement.
Knutsen and Green Award:
Knutsen NYK Offshore tankers has eleven (11) vessels approved by Green Award showing its commitment to an environmental policy. This provides many advantages in selected Green Award ports. Green Award ports provide environmental services such as: disposal of separated waste, therefore it is company policy to send waste ashore in ports accommodating for recycling (Green Award ports).
The Knutsen operations are based on our policies which are distributed to all our employees. The objective of our policies is to provide a safe- and healthy working environment, and to maintain safe and pollution- free operations that are in compliance with national and international regulations, relevant industry standards and guidelines and our customer’s requirements.