Think SAFE

Emergency Response is a Team Effort

The focus of SMT’s safety system is always accident prevention, but incident management is equally important. This is the purpose of SMT’s Emergency Response Team, which includes our Designated Safety Officer, Fleet Management Directors, Risk Management professionals, and members of the SMT Board. Fleet management is tasked with the support for the vessel and her crew, risk management works closely with our insurance partners, external lawyers and authorities, and the SMT Board provides oversight and strategic planning.

To fully manage a casualty event, the Emergency Response Team must work together with a network of stakeholders. Specialists in repair and salvage, pollution control, and crew health and welfare provide vital input. In addition, our Hull and Machinery insurers (H&M) and Protection and Indemnity Club (P&I) are critical partners, as they assist in the co-ordination of salvage, pollution control and liaison with local authorities in addition to processing claims related to the event. Success also depends on the cooperation of local authorities. Any necessary action– from the investigative process to the execution of a salvage plan– requires the permission and assistance of local governmental agencies.
The cement vessel Fjordvik, which suffered a grounding in Iceland on 3 November 2018, is a case in point. When the Emergency Response Team first received word of the incident, they immediately assured the safety of the crew, the vessel, and the cargo. SMT then worked closely with representatives from both our H&M insurers and P&I Club to re-float the vessel – a truly admirable display of cooperation from all parties. Local authorities were equally vital when the vessel became a constructive total loss and needed to be scrapped.

Eventually, MV Fjordvik was transported by heavy lift vessel to Ghent, Belgium – a process that required bureaucratic input from the Ministry of Environment in Iceland as well as corresponding officials in Belgium.
With all stakeholders working together with efficiency and full communication, the casualty was resolved in the best
possible manner – with all crewmembers safe and the accident area free of pollution.

Installation of a Ballast Water Treatment System

Many thanks to Captain Mariusz Zalewski of MV Ocean Pearl for his photos of the ongoing installation of the vessel’s Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS). After loading and positioning dozens of heavy components into the engine room, the crew of the Ocean Pearl worked together with the specialized service team to install the main elements of the system. The next phase of construction will focus on the electrical connections of the dosing system. As Captain Zalewski explains, “There is still a lot of work in front of us which will be continued during our passage to Ponce, Puerto Rico”.