During the past year we’ve had some serious reminders that there
is never such a thing as safe enough. An annual SVITZER Safety Day is
one step towards making our working environment even safer.

The AL DEEBEL disaster, a near-girting in Portugal and a tug damaged by heavy weather in Australia. These are three incidents that accentuate the need to increase our focus on safety throughout SVITZER. We may be leading in safety in the towage industry, but the fact remains that we can still learn a lot from the tanker and offshore industries. This means we need to make an extra effort if we want to
become world leaders in safety. To reflect our commitment to this cause, SVITZER now institutes an annual Safety Day – a day where we encourage discussions and activities around safety, exchange ideas and suggestions on how to improve our safety standards and renew our commitment to doing our jobs safely.

The overall ambition of our increased focus on safety is to make sure we all return safe and sound to our families once the workday is over. But safety is also a business concern, both when it comes to winning new and profitable projects and in terms of improving existing business. Safety is valuable to customers as it translates into reliability. Raising the industry standard for safety in general will help keep us attractive in the market. Safety also keeps our expenses down when we protect our people, our assets and the environment.

Our focus on safety is summed up in the new safety slogan: ‘Every Day a Safe Day’. This reflects our commitment to letting our actions be governed by our high safety standards every single day. The annual Safety Day, to take place on 29 April every year, will be a day where we recommit ourselves to this and remember the colleagues who lost their lives aboard the AL DEEBEL on this date.

Each Safety Day will have a specific theme. The theme of the first SVITZER Safety Day is stop authority. Stop authority means that all SVITZER employees have the authority, the right and not least the duty to stop any operation they think is unsafe or have doubts about, no matter what and no matter what job function they hold. Let’s all work together to make the first Safety Day a success – and to
remember to make every day a safe day.

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