In any business or organisation, things don’t always go to plan. Dealing with the unexpected events and putting measures in places to prevent them occurring again are imperative to health, safety and future working practises.




Regardless of job role, almost every career in the maritime field comes with inherent dangers. According to the Maritime Journal (2017), it is estimated that between 75- 96% of all marine accidents can be attributed to human error. These failures or accidents can be attributed to a variety of causes. Some of the most common causes of accidents are:

  • Improper Training
  • Improper use of tools/ Manual Handling
  • Negligence

Incidents should be reported in accordance with legislative and company requirements to the appropriate persons and concurrent reporting structures. If recorded properly, the information can be utilised as a means of enabling appropriate investigation and corrective actions to be implemented. This will prevent or reduce the probability of this type of event happening again. This method of reporting after an incident has taken place can be seen as counter-productive as the person is already injured or the asset damaged; it is a reactive approach.

The reactive safety management approach to safety culture is about dealing with incidents as they occur, and putting things right after a failure of some kind. The other end of the spectrum is the proactive approach to safety culture.



Proactive safety management is all about keeping ahead of the game and ensuring measurements are put into place to reduce the risk of potential hazards or incidents from happening.  A few examples of proactive safety management are:

  • Inspections
  • Audits
  • Checking & reviewing procedures
  • On-going training
  • Near miss reporting


Near miss reporting is especially important to working safety culture. A Near miss is an unplanned event that did not result in an injury or damage, but it had the potential to do so. They are still classed as an ‘incident’, but they are a preamble to and have the potential of becoming an ‘accident’. An example of a near miss could be something like a spilled liquid on the floor that has not been cleaned up. The risk is that someone could slip and injure themselves on it. Immediate actions would be to clean the spilled liquid up and to place a wet floor sign there. Preventative actions would be to inform persons to clean any spilled liquids up after themselves, highlighting the risks and potential dangers.

What is the importance of reporting Near-misses? Identifying and investigating near misses is a key element to finding and controlling risks before accidents occur. The information gathered can be utilised in hazard mitigation and root cause analysis, thus enabling a better safe working environment via preventative measures and education.

Although both reactive and proactive reporting are both necessities in safety culture, a system that is more inclined to proactive reporting is more beneficial for Safety Management and overall costs. 


Bibby as a company actively encourages ‘Hazard Hunts’. Hazard hunts encourage the crew to critically think about their working environment. This increases the reporting of near miss incidents on board all of our barges. We utilise SOC’s (Safety Observation Cards) for the purpose of near-miss incident reporting.  From the information gathered from the SOC’s we can analyse and share learnings to other crews and personnel within the company. If there are any further corrective actions, we can implement them and monitor the outcomes. We also encourage SOC’s to be utilised for good working behaviours to reinforce the practises and share good examples.


We are always striving to improve our safe working culture within Bibby. We look forward to what next month brings.




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April 13, 2020

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) charters Bibby Maritime floating accommodations to house workers in fight against COVID-19

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January 08, 2020

Bibby Marine's New CEO

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October 30, 2019

October Maritime Monthly Obstacle

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October 07, 2019

Aibel AS extend Charter with Bibby Bergen.

Bibby Maritime are pleased to announce that our long-standing client, Aibel AS, have extended their charter of Bibby Bergen out to August 2020. Since July 2018, Bibby Bergen has been aiding Aibel AS with housing…
September 07, 2019

September Maritime Monthly Obstacle

Intro Bibby Maritime would like to take a moment to appreciate the hard work and effort of our Barge crew, in particular Mick Leake, the Barge Master of the Bibby Bergen and his team. Challenge:…
August 29, 2019

August Maritime Monthly Article

Intro: As modern day technology advances, so do the techniques of those who wish to exploit it by gaining unauthorised access to data or material. This is known as ‘hacking’ and the perpetrators as ‘Hackers’.…
July 18, 2019

July Maritime Monthly Obstacle

Intro: It Is widely known that poor management can often lead to the destabilisation of companies, and although Bibby is not a sufferer of such an ailment, we know that there is always room for…
June 28, 2019

June Maritime Monthly Obstacle

Intro: Colleagues from across Bibby congregated to help clean our local beaches from litter and plastics as part of the ‘The Big Blue Ocean Clean-up Project’ and Bibby’s ‘Giving Something Back’ programme. Challenge: Being part…
May 14, 2019

May Maritime Monthly Obstacle

Title: Poor security practises can lead to costly repercussions. Intro: Bibby Maritime know that a window can most definitely be an opportunity, however some opportunities are not with the purest intentions. Challenge: Did you know…
April 14, 2019

April Maritime Monthly Obstacle

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March 14, 2019

March Maritime Monthly Obstacle

The team at Bibby Maritime have decided to give you an insight into what goes on behind the scenes. Each month we will be giving you an example of what sort of obstacles our team…
March 07, 2019

Aker Solutions hire Bibby Challenge

Bibby Maritime is delighted to announce it has successfully acquired another contract with a long standing previous customer, Aker Solutions AS. Bibby Challenge has been chosen to accommodate a workforce who are working in a…
October 18, 2018

Bibby Maritime Achieves Full Utilisation

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July 27, 2018

Aibel Hire Bibby Bergen

Bibby Maritime are pleased to announce that long-standing client, Aibel AS, have taken Bibby Bergen on charter at their yard in Haugesund, Norway. Aibel had recently concluded their charter for Bibby Challenge, another accommodation barge…
October 04, 2017

Bergen to join Challenge in Haugesund

Our floating accommodation barge, Bibby Bergen has been awarded a contract until mid-October with Aibel AS which will see the barge join Bibby Challenge in Haugesund, Norway supporting the workforce involved in the Johann Sverdrup…
June 14, 2017

Bibby Stockholm Heads to Bornholm

Our Floating Accommodation Barge, Bibby Stockholm, arrived in Bornholm last week – a Danish island in the Baltic Sea. Bibby Stockholm had been in Shetland since April 2013 accommodating construction workers involved in the Shetland…
February 03, 2017

Bibby Maritime to Exhibit at Mining Indaba 2017

We're very excited to announce that we will have our own booth at the Mining Indaba Exhibition and Conference next week. It will be the first time we as a company will be attending the…
September 12, 2016

Bibby Maritime Exhibit at ONS 2016

We were in Stavanger, Norway to exhibit at the biennial Offshore Northern Seas Conference & Exhibition
August 30, 2016

Queen's Award Presentation

Following our Queens Award win we were presented with the Rose Bowl & Scroll of Association by the Lord Lieutenancy of Merseyside..
June 15, 2016

Bibby Maritime Return to the APPEA Conference & Exhibition 2016

We were back at APPEA again this year in Brisbane following a successful exhibition in 2015
April 21, 2016

Bibby Maritime Receives Queen's Award for International Trade!

We’re celebrating receiving one of the highest business accolades in the UK..
March 24, 2016

Bibby Progress Arrives in Korea

Bibby Progress has arrived in Geoje Shipyard
February 02, 2016

New Charter for Bibby Challenge in Norway!

Bibby Maritime secure new charter with Aibel AS in Norway
January 14, 2016

Bibby Renaissance to remain on Barrow Island through to June

The vessel has been accommodating workers involved in the Gorgon Project located on Barrow Island
January 14, 2016

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