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Maritime leaders gather for London International Shipping Week

This week, leaders from every sector of the global maritime industry are gathered in the capital for London International Shipping Week, highlighting the UK’s key role on the international maritime stage.

Everyone from shipowners, lawyers, regulators, bankers, port authorities and operators, insurers, ship builders, to engineering and technology companies all come together for a unique forum with involvement from the UK Government led by the Department for Transport. Nusrat Gani MP, Lord Commissioner to HM Treasury & Maritime Minister at the Department of Transport, opened proceedings at the London Stock Exchange, with MPs Simon Clarke, Heather Wheeler and Grant Shapps, all attending sessions on the first day.

ATT currently work in the maritime sector with the Bristol Port Company, ABP, and Ports Skills and Safety, delivering the award-winning ‘Your Choice’ + ‘Practical Safety Leadership® Skills Workshop’ combined programme, with Bristol Port Company CEO, David Brown OBE, reporting a step change and reduction in accident frequency rates. ATT’s experience in the sector also includes EPIC: Marine for the Thames Tideway Tunnel Project, which is a mobile session running in tandem with the main EPIC induction centre.

Ports and docks present multiple risk factors: moving vehicles; lifting and unloading; working at height; manual handling and slips, trips and falls. Add to that the challenges of an international work force and potential language barriers, and the result is an extremely hazardous environment for workers.

Adam Christopher writes in ABP’s Report magazine – published to coincide with LISW – about ATT’s belief that when it comes to Safety Leadership, buy-in from a vertical slice of the organisation is critical to changing behaviour, and how zero harm must be an outcome, not an aspiration.

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