Investing in a Safer Tomorrow

In June 2018 the Club launched ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ a global  safety competition open to those embarking on a maritime career both at sea and on shore.  Teams of up to four were invited to propose an improvement to any element of sea safety – from developments in seafarer wellbeing through to a tangible invention to improve physical safety or navigation. The competition aims to foster new talent and harness the bright minds of tomorrow.

The competition was in two stages, in stage one entrants had to submit basic information of their concept and how it could improve safety in the industry. After assessment by our industry panel  10 entries were chosen to go through to stage two out of the 222 entries received.

In Stage two competitors were required to expand on their initial ideas and work them up into a full submission. The second round of judging took place at the end of April. 

The final winners of the competition were announced at the UK Club's 150th anniversary gala dinner at Greenwich Maritime Museum.

The winners were announced on the night by Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Chairman of the Investing in a Safer Tomorrow judging panel, saying: "On our ships, there are hard-working men and women, who play a critical part in driving the economy forwards. Yet, shipping has historically one of the poorest safety records of any industry in the world."

He added: "Before I announce the order of our winners, I would like to thank my fellow judges for giving up so much of their time to go through all of the entries submitted. I would like to say how impressed we all were with the work of every competition entry."

Dr Henderson's full speech can be read here.

With over 200 entries received for the competition from across the globe, judges progressed ten entries to the final stage, based on criteria such as originality, relevancy and simplicity. The three winning entries announced on the night of the Gala dinner were:

  • 1st place: Puiyush Jian’s (India) entry improves the current ‘passive’ Deadman Alarm System. Jian designed a cost-effective, simple and easy-to-install ‘active’ system using a wireless hand-held transmitter.
  • 2nd place: Muhammad Harith Bin Rahmat, Nurfatin Khairru’nisa Bte Abdul Sha’alam, Muhammad Syahmi Bin Sulaiman, Nurul Insyirah Binte Bau Bakar (team entry from Singapore). Inspired by an aircraft’s Black Box recorder, SLAM (Safety Locator Assistance Monitoring System) tracks and monitors the location of individual crew members in high risk areas.
  • 3rd place: Santosh Godhi, Niranjan Shinde and Sunil Patil (team entry from India) developed ‘The Life Band’, which is worn like a wristwatch and uses Bluetooth technology to connect to the ship’s Man Over Board system.

The judging panel consisted of:

  • Andrew Bardot, CEO International Group
  • Angus Frew, Secretary General BIMCO
  • Dr Grahaeme Henderson, Vice President, Shipping & Maritime, Shell International Trading and Shipping Company Limited
  • Nicholas Inglessis, Chairman UK P&I Club
  • Masamichi Morooka, President & CEO Yokohama-Kawasaki International Port Corporation
  • Knut Ørbeck-Nilssen,  CEO of DNV GL
  • Esben Poulsson, Chairman of International Chamber of Shipping
  • Hugo Wynn-Williams, Chairman of Thomas Miller

Hugo Wynn Williams, Chairman of Thomas Miller, said: “Our aim was to engage with the young in shipping at the start of their maritime career to foster their talent, as well as raise awareness and encourage them to think about how safety at sea could be improved. We were greatly impressed with the number, quality and diversity of entries we received for the competition.

“The international nature of the competition was reflected by shortlisted entries coming from India, Hong Kong, the USA, Singapore and the UK. Shipping needs to be ready for the challenges of the future and the ‘Investing in a Safer Tomorrow’ competition reaffirms our commitment to improving safety and fostering innovation in the industry.”

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