Making every day a safe day

Svitzer is dedicated to deliver the highest degree of safety in all our operations, ensuring our customers safe, reliable and efficient operations.

Safe ambition

Svitzer’s commitment to the safety of our employees, assets and the environment is absolute. We have set ourselves a clear and highly ambitious goal: to become the world leader in safety across all regions we operate in by eliminating all injuries – and then to raise the safety standards of our industry even further. There are two very good reasons for this. First, we want to safeguard the health and safety of our employees. Second, high safety standards help us ensure that all our operations are carried out with high reliability and efficiency. Our customers know they can count on Svitzer to get the job done without costly delays or compromised performance.

One Safety Standard

To further raise our already proven safety record, Svitzer is implementing a new safety management system that complies with OVMSA (Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment). The management system ensures both operational and managerial decision alignment in all safety issues, and will be rolled out across the organisation. Streamlining our safety practices will improve our overall safety policies and strengthen our company safety culture. It is an integral part of our continuing efforts to avoid incurring extra costs and to consistently deliver value to our customers.

Basic safety

The foundation for Svitzer’s strong safety record is the constant awareness displayed by our employees on all levels and in all functions throughout our organisation. Svitzer ensures that all personnel receive the education, support and guidance they need to deliver the safest possible marine service. This includes simulator and real-time training, safety awareness and culture courses and training in safety management systems for our tug masters, engineers, crews and pilots.

Stop Authority

An integral part of Svitzer’s safety culture 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, no matter what and no matter what job function they hold. Training and empowering our crew members to spot and stop potentially unsafe practices before they become accidents is a major factor in reaching our goal of zero injuries as well as undisrupted marine services.

Safety specifics

OVMSA: Best practice in safety

To further improve safety for our people, assets and the environment Svitzer is adopting an industry leading self-assessment and management approach developed by OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum). OVMSA (Offshore Vessel Management and Self Assessment) absorbs best practices from national and international HSEQ (Health, Safety, Environment & Quality) management standards such as:

OHSAS 18001

ISO 9001

ISO 14001

ISM code



OVMSA will apply to all our operations around the world, streamlining and, in some cases, improving on our safety track record in providing undisrupted marine services to the harbour towage as well as the oil, gas and mining industry.

Safety management

Svitzer has a process-based approach to safety management. The cornerstones of our safety management principles are:
a) Meeting and surpassing applicable rules and regulations
b) Conducting robust and frequent safety audits and inspections
c) Providing management systems and tools that promote a positive and proactive safety culture.

This has made safety a continuous process running through all layers of Svitzer, constantly registering new experiences and findings. These are then shared throughout the company to improve our procedures wherever we operate.

Safety Day

Svitzer conducts an annual, global safety day. On this day, all employees across all regions, ports, vessels and offices come together to discuss safety issues and exchange views and experiences related to safety. The goal of Safety Day is to strengthen Svitzer’s safety culture and to remind us all to make every day a safe day.

Safety culture

Svitzer operates in more than 40 countries hiring local crews and suppliers to the widest extent possible. We communicate safety best practises to an equal number of different nationalities in environments ranging from green-field developments such as in Soyo, Angola, to the ice-bound port of Korsakov, Russia. This makes our safety culture uniquely local and global. A global safety culture allows us to provide safe and reliable marine services in almost any environment or operational scope. Developing a keen understanding of local conditions allows us to develop strategies to support local customer and stakeholder needs, particularly in terms of vessel design and operational risk management.

Safety performance

Svitzer provides safe and reliable marine services around the clock, stacking up more than 14 million exposure hours each year. 160 of some 200 locations where Svitzer operates have completed more than five years without an LTI (Lost Time Injury), and our LTI frequency is among the lowest in the industry according to IMCA (International Marine Contractors Association) statistics. But we want to do even better than that. To become the world leader in safety we want to reduce and ultimately eliminate all Total Recordable Injuries. We also want to significantly increase proactive reporting and management of near misses, unsafe behaviours and unsafe conditions related to people, assets and the environment. Our ambition is to become the world leader in safety and raising the safety standards of the entire industry.

Hands-on training

Svitzer ensures that all employees receive the support and training required to deliver the safest possible marine service. All our efforts are mapped and documented in a global competence and training matrix. The matrix covers everything, from initial screening and induction to simulator and real-time training of tug masters, engineers, crews and pilots, safety awareness and culture courses and safety management systems training.

Where we operate

We have more than 430 vessels in over 100 locations around the world. Find examples of vessels in specific operations.

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