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Internal Auditor Training for Subchapter M Towing Companies. USCG Recognized: April 16 & 17 Channel View, Tx

Sign up of this two day USCG reviewed and recognized auditor course. This course is taught by certified trainers and marine safety management subject experts. Learn how to make your company better and prepare for Oil Company Audits.  Sign up here. Get your USCG Recognized Training!

Upcoming Professional Marine Safety Management Training:

Marine Incident Investigation Root Cause Analysis (June 12 & 13 Channel View Texas). This revised course introduces a simple graphical method for determining root cause. The two day class meets the requirements of TMSA3, RCP, ISM and ISO 9000. Using case studies, students will practice determining root cause and develop corrective and preventive actions. You will leave with a new simple root cause tool. Register Here.

Navigation Assessments:

SafeMARINER has partnered with Seamen's Church Institute to offer underway Navigation Assessments meeting TMSA3 stage 1, 2 and 3 requirements. Experience and trained inland assessors will conduct the assessments onboard boats. Call Rick Dunn (281) 309-8499 or Michael Nation (504) 982-0072 if you're interested in improving navigation skills based upon the lessons learned in the Advanced Pilothouse Management simulator course and other best practices. 


SafeMARINER passes ISO 9001: 2015 External Audit.

Today SafeMARINER was audited by World Certifications Services to the ISO 9001: 2015 Quality Managment Standards. This version of 9001, focusses on risk-based thinking, leadership and using measurable objectives to stay ahead of your competition while exceeding customers expectations. SafeMARINER has assisted three organizations with ISO 9001 certification preparation. If you want to improve your competitive position, SafeMARINER can assist. We practice what we preach.


SafeMARINER recently developed a mean and lean management system process that meets the ISM Code and TMSA3. For one of our customers, we developed a management system that is  80 pages long and very effective. This customized system has been successfully audited by the American Bureau of Shipping and fully meets Subchapter M requirements. Tired of the 400 + page approach?  Sometimes "Less is More". Want more information: contact us here.


TMSA3 Released. The Oil Companies International Marine Forum has released the new version of TMSA. This version clarifies some requirements while adding and changing expectations of others. Want to get ahead of the TMSA effort?  SafeMARINER assists companies with consulting, mock audits and TMSA training. Our TMSA3 proprietary Gap Analysis Tools is best-in-class and helps companies develop a roadmap to success and use TMSA to its competitive advantage. 


The Seamen’s Church Institute Center for Maritime Education becomes first marine training center in the US to receive ISO 9001 certification

The Seamen’s Church Institute’s (SCI) Center for Maritime Education (CME) recently passed rigorous third-party audits at its facilities in Houston, TX and Paducah, KY. CME has contracted with the ISO 9001 Registrar for the evaluation and certification of its Quality Management System to ISO 9001:2015. The scope of certification is: The Provision of Marine Simulator Training, Online Courses, Marine Feasibility Studies, Marine Incident Recreation and Solution Development, USCG License Assessments and Other related services and products. We are glad to say that CME has successfully completed all audits and certification has been issued, making CME the first maritime training center in the United States to receive ISO 9001 registration.

“SCI has taken a major step forward with putting in place a formal quality management system that exceeds what the USCG and CME customers expect. Other stakeholders such as oil majors and donors can be confident that the CME programs are best-in-class,” says Rick Dunn, president of SafeMariner LLC, who consulted on the project.

SCI’s CME empowers mariners with valuable training, providing professional advancement opportunities through SCI-developed and USCG-approved courses. Instructors train mariners utilizing expertise in adult education principles and the latest navigation simulation technology. SCI has more than 20 years of multi-bridge interactive simulation experience, and their computer simulators rank top in the world. They challenge mariners’ reactions and skills with highly dynamic exercises, interactive and unique to each mariner’s judgment and decision-making.

“SCI has provided professional training for American merchant mariners since 1899, and now with the ISO 9001 registration, and USCG-recognized Quality Systems Standard, we have the process in place to increase significantly excellence-in-service to our customers and to engage in continual improvement” said Stephen Polk, SCI’s Director of Maritime Education. “This registration is not for our benefit, but for the benefit of the mariners to whom SCI ministers and serves in the wheelhouse and on the deck.”


The ability to recognize hazards is a key competency in safety management. Your mariners, need to have specific safety competencies to help you get to zero. SafeMARINER now provides Hazard Recognition & Control training for your office personnel and mariners. The mariner training can be combined with last minute risk assessment and JSA training and done during your Captains meetings. This supports the Risk requirements for the new RCP, proposed subchapter M and TMSA 2.3.1 and 9.2.1. For more information contact Rick.


The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) released its recent Marine Accident Brief of the engineers fire onboard the Dennis Hendrix that occurred October 31, 2014. NTSB does not determine root cause, NTSB by statue determines "probable cause", although when SafeMARINER attended the NTSB Marine Incident Investigator training the government agency said that they do not have a definition of "probable cause". This accident should be reviewed for TMSM lessons including preventive maintenance systems. SafeMARINER assists companies in developing TMSA2 compliant planned maintenance system and related training. Learning from industry incidents is a form of advanced benchmarking often used in TMSA stage 3 & 4 companies.


Bench Grinders can kill. OSHA reports over 1,014 serious safety violations were cited for bench grinders in FY 2014. If an abrasive wheel of a bench grinder fails while it's rotating, the pieces can and have caused serious injury or fatalities. See the recent article in ProfessionalSafety magazine: "Grinders 10 Proven Safety Practices". Did you know for example safety professionals recommend and OSHA requires using a full face shield in addition to goggles, and other PPE, because of the hazards associated with grinders. Your Safety Management System should include a PPE Matrix mapping out the required PPE with typical onboard jobs including using bench and portable grinders. ProfessionalSafety is a publication of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE). SafeMARINER's President, Rick Dunn is a professional member of ASSE.


SafeMARINER recently held a work shop at ExxonMobil Woodland, TX with SeaRiver Maritime, Inc. Vetting and Marine Services Group on Select Practices in Incident Investigation, Root Cause Analysis and Human Error. The workshop focused on industry trends, and how Oil Majors can better assist their towing vendors towards the common goal of a safe water way system. SafeMARINER provides Marine Human Error and Root Cause training throughout the United States and Canada. SafeMARINER also provides support to towing vendors for dealing with oil majors regarding specific incidents such as collisions, groundings, spills and more.


SafeMARINER recently taught a Internal Marine Lead Auditor Course in partnership with the ACTion Group in New Orleans, LA. This best-in-class auditing course helps organizations promote continual improvement by not only checking that people are following their SMS, but that the processes in the SMS are effective. Companies interested in this course being taught at their site for 2016 should contact Rick. The course meets ANSI Z 490.1-2009 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental Training. Rick is a certificated Safety and Health Trainer and Certified Safety and Health Manger (accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards (CESB). This top level credential is focussed on: general business,  safety and environmental management systems, risk management and control as well as training.


Risk Management tools are not all created equal, in other words, one risk tool is NOT appropriate for all risk types. Since the New RCP and Subchapter M will require risk identification, organizations wishing to reduce risk and increase their competitive advantage will carefully select and train for several risk tools. SafeMARINER provides training and processes for:

Qualitative Risk Matrix (SafeRISKTM)
Job Safety Analysis (SafeJSATM)
SafeCHECKTM (last minute risk assessments)
SafeOPSTM a HAZOP process for marine towers (suitable for marine operations)
SafeFEMATM a marine Failure Effects Mode Analysis risk process (suitable for operations & services)Want to use risk techniques to really make an impact for your company. SafeMARINER can help. Our risk tools are aligned with the ANSI standard for Risk Management. We help companies get a competitive advantage.

Maintaining water tight integrity is critical on any vessel. Running with water tight doors open can be a hazardous situation. See this report from the NTSB that conclude open water tight doors were a causal factor in a rapid sinking of a river towboat. SafeMARINER recommends that companies include a water tight integrity procedure in there safety management systems. Compliance with this procedure should be checked during internal onboard audits.


Air Draft is Critical, and is highlighted in a recent National Transportation Safety Board Report. SafeMARINER, LLC provides reviews of Voyage Plans and Passage Planning procedures to help operators minimize navigational risk. Your voyage plans, among other things should include an assessment of UKC (under keel clearance), Air Draft, and other factors.

Planned Maintenance Training. Consistent with advanced safety training required by TMSA stage 3, SafeMARINER provides Planned Maintenance Process training for operations and maintenance personnel. This training includes a review of the New RCP (for Sub M), TMSA Element 4, 4A and 4B requirements as well as recommendations from the International Association of Classification Societies on planned maintenance systems. Is your PM process leaving one on the table? Contact Rick for more information.

National Transportation Safety Board finds and ineffective  Job Safety Assessment (JSA) program to be a contributing factor in a marine fatality. In a report regarding a 2014 allison of a crane barge being pushed by the towing Vessel Cory Michael, with the Florida Avenue Bride (New Orleans, LA) the NTSB cited the failure of JSA process as a contributing factor to the incident. Read the full NTSB Report here. 

SafeMARINER's SafeJSATM  and SafeCHECKTM process help operators implement an effective JSA process that can, along with other tools, meet the new risk requirements of the NPRM for Subchapter M and the New RCP (2014). Not all risk can be properly managed by one risk tool, higher performing companies understand that more than one risk tool is necessary to effectively help mariners identify and mitigate onboard hazards. SafeMARINER helps companies put in place, comprehensive Risk Management Systems to help prevent serious injuries, fatalities and spills. Contact SafeMARINER for more information on risk tools that minimize paperwork while improving risk management. Note: Rick Dunn, SafeMARINER LLC President, is the author of the new Risk Section in the RCP that has been offered to the USCG to meet the NPRM TSMS standard.


OSHA's Serious Injury Reporting Rule comes into effect 1 January 2016. This rule, among other things, appears to be an effort by OHSA to target industries and companies with multiple serious injuries and fatalities. In a public statement to industry, the Assistant Secretary of Labor, Davide M. Michaels, says "...when an employer notifies us of a severe injury among its workers...we will ask what caused the injury and what the employer intends to do address the hazard and prevent future injuries." Here we see OSHA essentially saying they will request a root cause analysis of these incidents. Furthermore, OSHA says it will publish the reports of severe injuries on the OSHA website. It should be noted that OSHA typically names the companies involved.

SafeMARINER, provides best-in-class Root Cause Analysis training. This training can be done jointly with an experienced Admiralty defense attorney, who helps companies deal with claims and provides advice on how to write root cause analysis reports which can end up in litigation. The SafeMARINER CauseMATRIXTM process and training covers human error. We know that human error is often a causal factor in 90% (or more) of incidents. Higher performing organizations recognize  human error and have plans to mitigate and mange it.  These plans start with Human Error training.


Need a plan for a solid document control process for your management system? You should expect that underSubchapter M, external audits (AWO RCP or others) will check that document control procedures meet expectations similar to what is used for the ISM Code or ISO 9001. A good document control process addresses manuals, reference materials, records and has a link to management of change. Our SafeDOCTM process is an effective solution to insure your process meets Sub M and TMSA requirements.


Risk Management:

The new RCP (dated 2014) that the American Waterways Operators has proposed to the USCG includes many changes that go into effect on January 1, 2016. One significant change is a section covering Risk Management and Management of Change. Rick Dunn, from SafeMARINER is the author of that new section which was written for the AWO Gap Assessment work group. Risk management is an area that is often miss-understood and incorrectly applied. SafeMARINERprovides risk management processes and training to meet and exceed RCP, Subchapter M (NPRM), TMSA2, ANSI Z-10, ISO 9001 and other management system standards.

Vendor Safety:

SafeMARINER provides procedures and training for the efficient management of marine and other vendors. Vendor Safety (a.k.a. Vendor Management) has been included in the new RCP offered to the USCG to meet Towing Vessel Safety Management System requirements. High Performing Organizations understand the importance of managing vendor HSE expectations and performance.

After a long rest Quick News from SafeMARINER is back. The intent of Quick News is to provide short new items that are useful to SafeMARINER customers, and keep companies informed of the services that SafeMARINER provides.

On July 13, 2015 SafeMARINER successfully completed an ISO 9001 surveillance audit. This external audit process helps ensure SafeMARINER customers received the quality of service they expect. SafeMARINER can help your company get ISO 9001 registered. If your interested, the goal should really be all about becoming a customer focused organizations.SafeMARINER has significant experience in quality management systems development and auditing.


SafeMARINER, LLC earns ISO 9001 certification. The company recently under went a full scale external ISO 9001 audit and is now a registered ISO 9001:2008 company. This quality standard helps ensure our customers receive the service they expect. It also provides assurance that SafeMARINER, LLC not only talks the talk, but walks the walk. The scope of the ISO 9001 certificate is for:

 "The provision of Marine, Business, Safety, Environmental, Consulting Auditing and Training, as well as other related services." 

SafeMARINER's registrar is World Certifications Services, an ANAB & UKAS accredited company. They audit and verify SafeMARINER's procedures, processes and quality system. "Since SafeMARINER provides important services such as TMSA audits and TSMS consulting, our customers now have assurance that we too are audited. We don't just teach PLAN-DO-CHECK-ACT, we live it."- Rick Dunn-SafeMARINER, LLC President

Want to get ahead of your customers, SafeMARINER helps companies implement ISO 9001.


National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has posted a Marine Accident Brief regarding the towing vessel Safety Runner and the Kirby Barges 28182 & 28194 fire and explosion incident in April. SafeMARINER helps high companies put marine competency programs in place. High performing organizations know that Zero is possible!

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) 2013 Safe Seas publication provides key insights to several marine incidents.


Did you know that internal audits should be much tougher than external audits such as RCP, ISM, ISO ?  Why, because internal audits should not only be checking that your people do what's in their manuals, but that what's in their manuals is effective. 

SafeMARINER, LLC is the contracted provider of Marine Internal Lead Auditor training to the Towing Vessel Inspection Bureau (TVIB}. SafeMARINER also conducts auditor training at your location. What to get to Zero? Make sure your internal audits are not just a "check the box" exercise. We will show you how to make your internal audits ready for TSMS.


USCG issues a Safety Alert regarding sampling liquid cargo (Crude Oil with H2S) and safe practices. High performing organizations subscribe to automatically receive USCG alerts. Consider using the information in these Alerts to changedetails in your tanker man training program and or procedures. High Performing Organizations use Competency Assessment Programs and understand the value of "competency" vs "training". Zero is possible and SafeMARINER can assist.

Not sure how important a Best In Class safety management system is?  Watch this short video it will get your attention.

Did you know that the number 1 cause of work place deaths is automobile crashes?  Your company may have exposure without effective policy and procedures in place to reduce incidents and protect both employees and the Company. SafeMARINER can help you develop an efficient policy, procedure and training. Lets save lives in 2014.

Rick Dunn-SafeMARINER, LLC will be a key speaker at the AWO Safety Meeting January 16th in New Orleans. Please support AWO.  Rick will be providing a presentation and discussion on Best in Class Practices for Near Miss programs including a discussion about Human Error in incident investigations. Learn how to make your program more effective and focus on the near miss and incidents that provide High Learning Value. Addressing Human Error is key to a Zero incident culture.

National Safety Council to have its annual Texas Conference in Galveston March 31 through April 1st, great opportunity to learn more about safety and take some professional seminars. 

USCG and EPA issue joint letter to industry concerning ballast water management.

Safety at home is important to good business. The U.S. Fire Administration offers information on winter fire safety. Heres are real short video about home fires. Did you know that most home fires occur in the winter time?  Use this video at your next safety meeting.


Costa Concordia Captain blames helmsman. Really, are you serious,Captain? Actually it's you and your company who are responsible. 

Free online ICS courses from FEMA


Resources worth having:

Marine Chemists information from NFPA.

More free online safety courses from Oregon state OSHA.

Fire, flames and smoke from National Safety Council, including the Home Fire Safety Checklist.


Australian Transportation Safety Board incident video -fatality cutting a steel drum. This could have been prevented. Use this video at your next safety meeting and discuss what controls you have in your Company to prevent it. Then ask, how do I know these controls are working and ready to prevent incidents? Ask your ships to have this discussion and report back. Zero is possible.

Free safety courses, that are very well done: click here. SafeMARINER™ conducts Marine Risk Assessment, Competency Assessor, Incident Investigation & Root Cause, TMSA, OVMSA  training at your site. Courses meet ANSI Z490.1 Criteria for Accepted Practices in Safety, Health and Environmental training. Zero is possible.

Charter towing companies-now is the time to get ready for TMSA with the SafeMARINER™ Gap Analysis and Roadmap for sucess.

Home Safety topics for your next safety meeting:  Carbon Monoxide safety tips and safe toys for the Christmas season.

Shell to resume drilling in Alaska this summer. Drillers, are you expected to meet OVMSA, Safe mariner has a proprietary gap assessment and success Road Map for OVMSA. We can save you a lot of time and rework, while making your MOC, Risk, Management Review process help you reduce incidents.


SafeMARINER™ supports the Always Wear Your Life Jacket campaign, developed for pleasure boaters....but equally important for commercial marine.

Holliday safety tips from the National Safety Council. Send this around to your employees or use it during a safety meeting.


Zero is possible. You can make a difference. Its hard work, but it must be done. SafeMARINER is a Proud Member of the National Safety Council and can help you get to Zero.

SafeMARINER, LLC and the Seamen's Church Institute held a "First of a Kind" seminar with NTSB, FAA, USCG and Industry to discuss Goal Zero. Topics included human error, competency, behavior based safety, use of checklists, TMSA and more.

Root Cause Tools: According to the National Safety Council, American Society of Safety Engineers and American Society for Quality there are scores of Root Cause tools available. What if someone combined two effective, simple methods of determining Root Cause?  What if this tool was one page and specifically adapted for busy marine organizations that are constantly dealing with Major Oil Company Vetting departments? What if this tool was designed to support "Sticky Lessons" and get your Company to TMSA Stage 4 ?  Introducing CauseMATRIX™ an easy to use, effective root cause analysis tool from SafeMARINER, LLC.

Do you have an emergency plan for your building? See the components of an emergency plan here. What about business continuity plan? Here's a user friendly free template.

ExxonMobil's Jeff Woodbury takes helm as Chairman of the Board of the National Safety Council. Captain Mark Kelly, a King's Point Graduate, discusses communication and safety leadership.

The National Safety Council estimates 436 deaths in car accidents for this Thanksgiving. All preventable. Do you have a comprehensive procedure on safe driving for your employees? What is the legal exposure to a company if one of its Tankermen gets into an automobile accident driving home after loading a barge? What is the company doesn't have a procedure covering distracted driving (cell phones) and that contributed to a fatality?


SafeMARINER can help you get to Zero. Are you ready to use proven tools and methods?



SafeMARINER teams up with the Center for Maritime Education and Seamen's Church to host an industry first seminar covering Safety Management Systems, TMSA, Human Error, Behavior Based Safety. Participants include the USCG, NTSB, FAA and industry leaders.


Distracted driving kills. Did you know that your company may be exposed to unnecessary liability if you don't have an adequate policy for use of cell phones while driving?  NTSB recommends a full ban on the use of Portable Electronic Devices while driving. Using first class materials from the National Safety Council, SafeMARINER can help.



Is OSHA moving towards Safety Management Systems? See OSHA's White Paper on the benefits of Injury Illness Prevention Programs (a.k.a. I2P2). Although OSHA is calling them programs, they are really talking about management systems, including ANSI Z10. SafeMARINER is the only marine consultant actually practiced in both auditing and developing ANSI Z10 Safety Management Systems. For marine companies that want to Reduce Risk and get to Zero, ANSI Z10 is an excellent foundation for a marine safety management system. Z10 is scalable and aligns with TSMS NPRM & TMSA.

Home Safety

Did you test your smoke detectors when you changed from daylight savings time?  See home fire safety tips from the National Safety Council hereSafeMARINER is a proud member of the National Safety Council. Become a member and take advantage of all NSC has to offer see Members Get More. Zero is attainable!



Companies can accelerate their safety excellence journey by addressing: Management Leadership, Employee Engagement, Safety Management Systems and Risk Reduction as mentioned in this National Safety Council video. SafeMARINER™ helps companies apply these concepts to marine operations.



Near Misses: leading or lagging indicators, quick read article here.

ANSI Z10 is "The state of the art in management system standards- it's scaleable to any organization"-Rick Dunn speaking at the 2012 API Tanker Conference  more here. Widely considered a benchmark for safety management ANSI Z10 has benefits to help prevent serious incidents. High performing organizations use Z10 to strengthen their SMS and better align with TMSA2. This is a formula for long term sucess.

American Society of Safety Engineers releases newest version of the Z359 Fall Protection Code



Use of barges to carry crude oil on rivers is growing fast, is your SMS ready? Do you measure risk? Are your employees "trained" or do you have a competency assessment program that promotes continual improvement?  SafeMARINER, LLC can help.



Is your SMS really designed to prevent incidents? : Sunken TugSafeMARINER helps companies prevent incidents, and be prepared if they occur.  Click here to see our services.



Nine convicted of negligence in fatal cruise ship sinking. Was the Company doing its due diligence to prevent its Captains from intensionally committing unsafe acts?  An SMS should have controls to check that bridge procedures are being complied with, and that they meet world class standards.