UK to Curb Shipping Accidents with New HiLo System

Illustration; Image Courtesy: MAIB

The UK Chamber of Shipping has launched the HiLo system, a predictive modelling tool for accident prevention in shipping.

Launched on February 5, the new initiative aims to prevent ‘high-impact’ events like explosions, collisions and groundings by recording the frequent low-level incidents that are pre-cursors to major incidents.

Data from these smaller, seemingly nonthreatening incidents can be interrogated using HiLo. The analysis can then be used to target the specific areas in which safety should be improved onboard vessels, which will help upgrade the overall safety performance of the individual shipping companies that subscribe to the scheme.

“Our shipping industry has a fatal accident rate 20 times that of the average British worker and five times that of construction. Simply put, that is unacceptable. And it needs action – now,” Dr Grahaeme Henderson, President of the UK Chamber, said.

Development of the HiLo system has been undertaken jointly by Shell, Maersk and Lloyd’s Register, with future funding from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Shipping companies Gaslog, Maran Gas, Stena as Northern Marine, Stolt, Teekay, Torm, Tsakos Columbia Ship Management and V Ships are HiLo’s founding members, and have been contributing incident data to the system during its preliminary stages.

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