- Keywords: Statutory, Maritime
Why the status quo isn’t good enough
It is universally agreed that the Safety Management System (SMS) is a key tool for achieving safety goals, managing risks and opportunities, and meeting requirements and expectations.
Common feedback, however, indicates that the SMS is not effectively utilized: too many checklists, non-tailored solutions, weak root cause analysis, focus on details and repair, and similar. Ineffective utilization of audit results is contributing to ineffective systems.
Fit for Purpose (FfP) SMS audits from DNV GL. They meet your needs and greatly improve the effectiveness of your SMS. Instead of a one-size-fits-all solution, Fit for Purpose audits deliver what their name promises:
Audits focused on your needs
FfP audits are more focused, and more time is spent on topics most important for you. The focus areas are agreed to through a pre-audit dialogue, and they are the key to effective, relevant and valuable audits. We also encourage you to include these focus areas into the shipboard audit. This is in line with the ownership philosophy of the ISM Code where the SMS is owned by, and shall be implemented by, the top management to ensure safe and effective operations of the vessels. Based on that, the FfP approach strengthens and utilizes information gathering as well as establishes a level for setting KPIs, making decisions, performing internal audits and ensuring that the SMS and audits are effective.
Not only a checklist to tick off, but an assessment of your SMS effectiveness
In line with IMO Resolution A 1071(28), we assess the effectiveness of your SMS in meeting objectives, rather than seeking evidence of conformity with detailed requirements. If a defic-iency is identified during an audit, it will be used to assess if the SMS is effectively dealing with the issue. During FfP audits, you will also receive broad feedback on your SMS’s effectiveness, including room for improvement and positive feedback.
Efficient and data smart audits – where are you compared to your peers?
With FfP, both company and shipboard audits are also more effective through the utilization of synergies and performance analysis. These do not take longer than today’s audits. We utilize synergies and performance analysis to make audits more effective. With the new FfP approach, you will also gain access to unmatched competence and information on industry trends and benchmarks, which will support you in improving operations and reaching KPIs.
Partnership approach on the FfP “journey”
The FfP concept is built up around a partnership approach, meaning that we will work together to utilize the potential of the SMS and the audits. Company ownership of the process is crucial, as you are best placed to identify effective measures and handle the SMS, including identifying and managing deficiencies and risk. Sharing information, and discussing needs and performance are pre-requisites for the success of the FfP approach.
The FfP is implemented as a “journey”, which starts gradually with companies who are ready and interested. FfP is not an additional service at an extra fee, as it is embedded in our audit approach.
DNV GL is fully convinced that FfP is a great step forward to creating more value from audits. And more value means, at the end of the day, more value for money.
The FfP solution is dependent on a partnership approach where information is shared, and needs and performance are discussed. Based on this, we will agree on a set of focus areas which will make your management system even more effective.Please contact us to
- discuss the Fit for Purpose concept,
- agree on focus areas for upcoming company audits,
- discuss data that may be shared to facilitate the audit process.
Stay updated on Fit for Purpose at www.dnvgl.com/ffp
For more details, please contact your Key Account Manager (KAM)
CIC 2019 focusing on emergency systems and procedures
The Tokyo and Paris MoUs have developed a Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) on emergency systems and procedures. The CIC will run from 1 September to 30 November 2019. This PSC news gives an overview of DNV GL’s recommendations for focus items and support for preparation.
2020 Sulphur update - outcome of the MEPC 74
The 74th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 74) was held at IMO in London on 13–17 May 2019. This was the last MEPC meeting before the 0.50% global sulphur limit takes effect on 1 January 2020, and the focus was on the implementation and completion of guidelines to help stakeholders prepare and ensure consistent implementation. We strongly recommend stakeholders to prepare in due course and update plans according to the latest IMO guidance. This statutory news contains a summary of sulphur-related resolutions and circulars adopted at MEPC 74.
EU MRV and IMO DCS - some practical recommendations
This technical news contains some recommendations relevant to both EU MRV and IMO DCS.
Prepare for the Global Sulphur Cap 2020 with the IMO Ship Implementation Plan
The IMO has agreed on 1 January 2020 as the date for switching to 0.50% sulphur fuel globally. Now, as ship owners face the daunting task of preparing for the fuel oil switch, proper planning is essential. The IMO Guidance for developing a Ship Implementation Plan (SIP) is a useful tool, and described further in this technical news.