CSSF aims to advance the continuous improvement of safety culture and performance in the container shipping industry through measurement, reporting and benchmarking, sharing best practices and engaging with key stakeholders to develop durable solutions. Member Companies of the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) held their second biannual meeting in 2016 from 7th to 8th November in Pissouri, Cyprus.
Columbia Shipmanagement kindly hosted the meeting. Ahrenkiel Steamship from Hamburg (Germany) was welcomed during the meeting as the fourteenth member of the Forum. Since the foundation in May 2014 the number of members has now doubled.
The meeting agenda focused mainly on sharing best practices and experiences on firefighting, mooring operations and navigation in confined waters. The CSSF members decided to produce corresponding position papers, beginning with the first two topics. Working groups were established for this purpose. All three topics will also be included into the planned CSSF Standard; work on same is in good progress.
DNV GL supported the meeting with a lecture on the “latest container ship design and safety developments”.
The next meeting of the Forum is planned to take place in Dubai (UAE) in early May 2017 for two days. The meeting will be open again for representatives from container shipping companies to participate as observers.
Launched in 2014, the Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) is a global business-to-business network aiming to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry. To achieve this, CSSF members collaborate through measurement, reporting and benchmarking as well as sharing best practices and engaging with industry stakeholders.
As of October 2016, the CSSF represents more than one third of the TEU capacity of the global container ship fleet.
Claas-Heye Diekmann | CSSF Secretariat
c/o PCCG Point Conception Consulting GmbH
20095 Hamburg, Germany
I wish them well for the future and hope they become as successful as the Informal Tanker Operators Safety Forum (ITOSF) which has been meeting, at least annually, since its estabishment in London around 1980.