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Boskalis jaarverslagen 2012


Our central safety objective is No Injuries, No Accidents (NINA). This is also the name of our progressive safety program, which is generating a great deal of positive interest from both inside and outside the industry and amongst our clients. NINA is not just about procedures, it fosters ownership and creates a safety-driven mindset. The program holds all employees personally responsible for their own contribution to safety and ensures that safety can be discussed openly. Five short and clearly worded values with five supporting rules provide the framework designed to help prevent incidents. Safety awareness is also high at Dockwise. The Dockwise safety report has been included in a separate section in this chapter. We aim to integrate the Dockwise SHE-Q policy in 2014 and to start on the roll-out of NINA.

NINA goes offshore

In line with the ambition expressed in 2012 the main focus in 2013 was to introduce NINA at Boskalis Offshore, which combines various Boskalis and SMIT units.

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The launch of the NINA goes offshore campaign in May 2013 made it clear that Boskalis Offshore will also embrace the NINA approach from now on. To prepare for the introduction of NINA in 2013 talks on safety were held with members of the Boskalis Offshore middle management, who play a major part in day-to-day decision-making. This was followed by the launch of the training program. After the 50 most senior managers had completed a course the Board of Management gave the kick-off for courses to be given to all members of the corporate staff departments and middle management. Training has been given at head office, on board of the ships and in the office organizations in other countries. Thanks to the introduction of NINA Boskalis can now also present itself as a safe and reliable partner for offshore oil and gas market clients. In 2013 this already proved to be a significant factor in the Dabrat project for Maersk Oil. All Subsea staff – around 80 – on two of the largest Diving Support Vessels were given an introduction and special training course. This approach was much appreciated by the client.

NINA works

The figures are convincing: NINA works. Since its introduction the LTIF figure has fallen by over 80% (from 0.67 to 0.11). The Lost Time Injury Frequency (LTIF) figure expresses the number of incidents per 200,000 hours worked resulting in absence from work.

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Prevention is an important part of safety awareness. 2011 saw the wider introduction of Safety Hazard Observation Cards (SHOCs), which employees can use to report dangerous situations. The number of SHOC reports was 10,054 in 2013 (2012: 3,800). In addition 1,555 near misses were reported (2012: 210). We see SHOC and near misses reporting as a benchmark for the proactive safety experience within the organization. NINA encourages reporting on such situations to allow us to make proactive adjustments.


Despite both the relatively high risk profile associated with our activities and the recent growth of our company the LTIF figure fell from 0.26 in 2012 to 0.11 in 2013.

Incidents reported

In line with our industry, the list of the most common incidents is headed by tripping, falling and slipping. The number of entrapment incidents, particularly involving hands and fingers, is also relatively high.

Here again, we have seen the accident frequency fall since the introduction of NINA, and the incidents are also less severe. In other words, there are fewer serious accidents resulting in injuries.

The number of reported incidents is increasing, particularly the number of pro-active reports of near misses and safety hazards (SHOCs). This means that awareness is growing, that everyone knows how to use the SIRE reporting system, and that everyone understands that reporting is important. Because this is the only way of sharing information to avoid repetition in the future.

The chart above shows that the number of incident reports, starting with the SHOCs and ending with LTIs, is increasingly pyramid-shaped.

Employee involvement and training

We involve management and employees in our organization’s safety thinking in all sorts of different ways.

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All management team meetings devote extensive attention to the progress and challenges relating to NINA. The Works Council has a Safety, Health and Environment committee which discusses NINA at every meeting.Our interactive NINA training courses and workshops provide employees with an opportunity to give their feedback on the program and share their experiences. We use a wide range of Lessons Learned sessions, training courses and communication channels to keep attention focused on improving safety. Our employees can use and the monthly ‘NINA at work’ bulletins as a platform for sharing their experiences and making suggestions for improvement.

Safety communications also comprise regular internal safety bulletins such as Safety Matters and Safety Newsflash as well as the various staff magazines.

Our projects always kick off with a NINA start-up meeting. This involves setting project-specific safety targets in consultation with the project team and discussing potential safety risks, how we intend to deal with them and how to keep NINA on the agenda. Where necessary, we also focus on the project environment and how we can ensure the safety of local residents and third parties. Not only our own employees but, in many cases, clients’ representatives and subcontractors also attend these meetings.

In 2013 we introduced NINA reflection sessions at which managers of projects and ships and members of the corporate staff and executive team shared experiences in open and interactive gatherings. The purpose is to learn from each other by looking not only at positive experiences and ideas but also the challenges.


In 2013 we conducted 19 external and 23 corporate SHE-Q audits of project and office organizations and 50 external and 31 internal ISM vessel audits in which NINA is always a feature. In addition, clients perform office and project audits in the business units.


In 2013 Boskalis received a range of safety awards:

  • Boskalis International received a Certificate of Achievement on the Total Mining Contract in Surinam for working 1 million man-hours without a recordable incident.

  • The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents granted both SMIT UK and Boskalis Westminster Limited the 2013 Gold Award 2013 for Occupational Health & Safety.

  • The Ichthys project in Australia received Recognition Letters from Saipem for the professional and highly pro-active HSE approach for the rock transportation and geotechnical survey on the project.

  • The Baldur crew received the INPEX Safety Recognition Award for their high safety standards and their unremitting pursuit of safety excellence.


Certification is proof of our compliance with recognized safety standards. Almost all Boskalis business units are certified according to ISM, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and OHSAS 18001, or VCA for our Dutch operations. For a list of the various certificates we hold, please refer to the appendix.


Dockwise performance in the field of health and safety is assessed by, among other things, the type and number of incidents reported. These reports can relate to vessels, projects or the office environment. The aim of the policy remains the complete prevention of safety or security incidents (target: zero Lost Time Incidents).

Overview 2013

  • Due to the integration of the Fairstar figures, the overall exposure hours increased from 5.3 million to 6.5 million hours. In addition, the Dockwise Vanguard went into service. The number of hours also increased in the onshore/offshore projects due to the execution phase of 2 float-over projects, including a large number of sub-contractor hours.

  • The number of Lost Time Incidents (LTI) fell sharply for Dockwise from 5 to 2.

  • The LTIF at the end of the year was an “all-time low”: 0.06 overall. This is supported by the low number of LTIs and the increased exposure hours.

  • The most common incidents were: eye injuries, tripping, falling and slipping.

  • Leading indicators are important to monitor the pro-activeness of the organization. The increase in the number of STOP (Safety Training Observation Program) and the reported near misses reflect a positive picture of safety awareness.

Safety training

The training matrix sets out a minimum level for all positions at Dockwise in terms of critical HSES activities (health, safety, environment and security), specific function competences, general project requirements and project-specific requirements for specific functions. As a result of the training and motivating of staff in the field of safety, we expect staff and crew to be more pro-active in their safety conduct, and for this improvement to result in turn in better safety performance.

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