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2014 Maritime Safety Award


Sponsored by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and Lloyds Register, the 2014 RINA-LR Maritime Safety Award recognises the contribution to maritime safety of both an organisation and an individual.  The Awards were presented at the 2015 Annual Dinner.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines

Royal When Safety Centres were introduced by the cruise ship industry, the whole idea seemed like an afterthought without proper analysis of the needs, proper allocation of resources and proper integration of the effort to offer seamless operation and support, both key ingredients in any incident.  Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has addressed this with the introduction of an integrated Safety Command Centre on their Quantum of the Seas.  The over-riding strategy is simple.   Take the allocated resources, train them, specialise them and importantly, provide the work environment that can partition and integrate based on need. 

The Safety Command centre provides the space where all parties can come together.  There, damage assessments can be made, videos from the scene can be displayed, communications with shore side are available, drawings can be brought up, navigation information and a machinery overview are available, calculations can be made, and much more. The space is designed as a true incident command centre that can be used from the initiation to the time the ship makes it back to port.

Whilst it is always to be hoped that it will never be used for its intended purpose, the integrated Safety Command Centre  provided by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines has the potential to make a significant contribution to improving maritime safety, should that need ever occur.

The Award was received by Captain Patrik Dahlgren and Clayton Van Welter of Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd from Tom Boardley, Marine Director of Lloyd’s.

Tom Allan

The second of the 2014 Maritime Safety Awards recognises the lifelong contribution made byTom Allan to improving maritime safety.

Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Tom started his maritime career in the shipyard of Harland and Wolff. From there he entered the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow where he obtained an honours degree in Naval Architecture, and later was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Science. Since the early 1980s Tom has been dealing with safety issues nationally and internationally.

Tom’s career has spanned four decades.  During that time, as Director, Safety and Standards Division, at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, he represented the UK at the International Maritime Organisation in various subcommittees and committees, including Council and Assembly.  He ultimately became the first Permanent Representative of the UK at IMO and the Chairman of the Maritime Safety Committee, in which position he represented IMO at many international conferences worldwide dealing with all aspects of maritime safety.  Tom left a legacy at IMO by setting unsurpassed standards of governance and leadership.  Outside the IMO, since 2002 Tom has been the independent Chairman of the main Technical Committee of Lloyd’s Register.

Tom lives and breathes maritime safety, a subject he has served all his life and continues to advocate passionately.  He is a worthy recipient of the RINA ­ Lloyd’s Register Maritime Safety Award.

Tom Allan was presented with the Award by Tom Boardley, Marine Director of Lloyd’s Register.

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