Costa Concordia and Rena disaster

MERT Worldwide – Maritime emergency Response Training

Over one year ago and the COSTA CONCORDIA salvage is well underway and the ship is now upright.  And the Rena off the coast of New Zealand is now a new reef.

Who will pay to clean up of these two incidents?
What are the lessons learnt?
Where to from here – Courtrooms, re-insurers?
When will those responsible for these disasters be held accountable for their action?
How can we prevent such disasters from happening?

The Costa Concordia has been in the world news recently as there has been progress with the salvage.  But what of the captain of the Costa Concordia – There are so many unanswered questions but still the world waits.  The Rena which split in two has one half sitting on the sea bed.  The other half is still lodged on Astro Reef.  The captain and one other crew member have been charged in a NZ Court.  Again I have to ask the the same questions Who, What, Where, When and How apply.

As I mention in previous MERT post I am certain that much of the cause of both incidents was because of a ‘Poor Safety Culture’ on board.  In both cases it was human error or maybe even neglect (The courts can decide which).  There is however a sure cure for poor safety culture on board and that is by providing quality training that will improve the safety culture on board (health check).
MERT Worldwide – Maritime Emergency Response Training

We can help fix this poor safety culture by providing the best practice ER training.  MERT will send a small dedicated team of ER subject matter experts and professional on board sea safety trainers to conduct a safety culture health check . How is this done? Simply put it is a three step process.

Step One – MERT will provide a program that fits your sea safety training needs. You the client can select from a list of specific training objectives.

Step Two – MERT’s expert team of trainers will arrive on board to commence ER training. This will include, theory, practical, simulation and role play training techniques. The lessons will be set up to include ‘Table Top Exercises   which will verify standard operating procedures (SOP) for high risk compartments.  Theory refresher as required will be provided, targeted at the level of crew member’s knowledge.  Circuit training is an excellent practical training tool which will refresh various ER roles – A good example is wear Breathing Apparatus safely.  Whole ship emergency drills are used to test all the previous training provided by MERT in a realistic whole ship emergency scenario.  This is also assessed and provides the Master/Captain and other interested parties a snap shot of the crews ability to manage an on board emergency.

Step Three – Post training reports which include student and instructor feedback/lessons learnt/critique.  Final report detailed training report highlighting the crew’s strength and weaknesses, material deficiencies and recommendation or remedial action needed.  This report is a ‘health check’ of the safety culture on board.

Given the opportunity, hindsight, premonition call it what you like MERT Worldwide could have prevented both these events if we had been to these ships earlier to conduct ER training for the crew at the same time highlighting the importance of a good safety culture by continued quality on board sea safety training.

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