Crowley mariners take turns boarding a raft during water survival training at the Joseph Sacco Fire Fighting and Safety School, which is part of the Paul Hall Center.
Maritime safety is a deeply entrenched hallmark in the transportation industry. No one knows this better or takes it more seriously than SIU members and the owners and operators of the vessels aboard which they sail.
Putting this point into practice while concurrently driving home the notion that “Safety is Not Silent,” union-contracted Crowley Maritime Corporation earlier this year rolled out a U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved safety training program which is being conducted at the SIU-affiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Md.
Dubbed the Crowley Safety Program (CSP), the course is two days in duration, satisfies USCG Basic Safety Training (BST) Refresher requirements, and is designed for licensed and unlicensed Crowley mariners. Attendance at the CSP is supported by the SIU and will ensure all mariners meet STCW requirements for BST Refresher and the renewal of their certificates with the USCG. Being present for both days of training also is required in order to receive CSP certificates.
The course’s Piney Point curriculum consists of classroom and hands-on training in personal safety and social responsibilities, personal survival and elementary first aid. Besides meeting BST Refresher requirements, the CSP affords Crowley mariners the opportunity to receive additional training and information in other regulatory, health, and safety topics such as spill response, leadership skills, respiratory fitness and others.
“Crowley is excited to be rolling out a training program that has been successful on the West Coast for a few years,” said Sarah Scherer, who serves as the CSP instructor at Piney Point. Scherer is Crowley’s Maritime training manager, East and Gulf Coasts.
“We are happy for the opportunity to partner with SIU to provide a course that goes above and beyond our regulatory training requirements,” she continued. “We are proactively knocking out USCG and OSHA required training topics and having discussions and doing exercises to highlight Crowley’s best practices and to enhance our safety culture. We believe that combining technical safety training with elements of our safety and leadership culture will take our mariners to another level of competency and professionalism out on our boats.
“The most important part of the Crowley Safety Program is that our crews get to come together and actively learn side-by-side with the folks they work with on a regular basis,” Scherer said. “We believe that attending the course next to the mariners they actually work with builds teamwork and boosts the Crowley safety culture.”
Paul Hall Center Vocational Director J.C. Wiegman concurred with Scherer, noting, “The Crowley CSP program has developed into a process that creates a total safety culture. The approach of having everyone participate in this program will produce a positive safety outcome that benefits everyone.”
Jacksonville-based Crowley Holdings Inc., a holding company of the 119-year-old Crowley Maritime Corporation, is a privately held family and employee-owned company that provides marine solutions, transportation and logistics services. Within its six operating lines of business, the company offers liner container and break-bulk shipping; logistics; contract towing and transportation; harbor ship assist and tanker escort; energy support; salvage and emergency response; vessel management; vessel construction and naval architecture, and petroleum and chemical transportation, distribution and sales. For more information visit: www.crowley.com