Throughout history humans have taken to the seas and oceans in search of food, new lands, domination, and commerce. As our skill, knowledge and technology has grown, so have the vessels in which we sail but the risks and dangers of the open ocean are ever present and equally as dynamic. The safety of ships and the people or goods that they carry is paramount and as we look back through maritime history, we are reminded of the tragic consequences of overlooking this key aspect. Tragedies such as the sinking of the Titanic, for example, sparked a real shift in maritime law with regards to passenger safety and the provision of life-saving equipment such as lifeboats.
Even today as technology, engineering and design continue to evolve, the safety of the people and goods that we take to see remains a primary concern. All shipowners, regardless of the size of their feet must comply with rules and regulations laid down in both national and international law when it comes to the health and safety, quality, and environmental concerns of their ships. Usually these tasks are managed by the HSQE department.
What is HSQE?
HSQE (or health, safety, quality, and environment) teams are responsible for ensuring that a maritime fleet is properly maintained within the standards and rules that they must follow. This often includes certification, the reporting and management of events, managing health and safety concerns, and inspections & audits. Not only this, but these specialists must also keep abreast of changes to legislation or guidance which may affect the compliance of the fleet.
As with the technology and engineering that is used in shipbuilding, the technology that is used for the management of the ships is also evolving and many companies are now turning to specialist HSQE software to assist them in running their business.
How software is helping
The very nature of the maritime industry means that at any given time a company is likely to have ships and people in offices, ports, or at sea. By using HSQE software, businesses can now ensure that the relevant, accurate, and up-to-date information is available to all those who need it wherever they are in the world.
With features such as document and certificate management, you are able to ensure that different elements of your business and key personnel are able to view and edit the most up-to-date version of your documents which prevents multiple different versions being created and minimises the risk of one of these being shared inappropriately. It also allows shipowners as well as ships captains and the HSQE staff to be able to present the appropriate certification and documents to the relevant authorities with accuracy and ease.
Bringing everything together
This type of software allows companies to bring together all of the tasks and data that fall within the remit of the health, safety, quality and environment teams. Some key features of the software include event reporting, inspection reporting & audit trails, risk assessments, and task lists. By bringing all of this information together, maritime businesses are able to see a clear outline of their fleet’s compliance and any concerns or issues which must be addressed as well as any scheduled or upcoming inspections or changes which may affect the compliance of their ships with the appropriate regulations.