Zero Harm

We believe in zero harm to people, the environment, cargo, and property.

At BW, we apply our competence and experience in commercial management and operations to bring energy safely to the world markets. We aim to provide the best value services in our industry through outstanding operating efficiency – always keeping safety at the top of our agenda.


Safety and strong ethics are at the top of our agenda. BW commits to taking personal responsibility for safety, communicating safety concerns, actively sharing best practices and learning from near-miss incidents.

We have processes and tools in place to help ensure that every employee, both on-shore and at sea, can operate in the safest work environment possible. An example is our Health, Safety and Environment Policy, a directive that we embody in all our work activities. Tools like this create BW’s safety culture.

BW pursues a comprehensive and holistic approach to Health, Safety, Security, Environment and Quality (HSSEQ) across our operations. Our safety vision of Zero Harm is a journey, and new initiatives are put in place each year to further realise our ambition. Our safety statistics, which are better than industry benchmarks, indicate that these efforts are having an impact.

Safety

Safety is a continuous process—we do everything we can to prevent incidents from happening. When they do happen, we learn from them and we make improvements.

Safety is at the top of our agenda. BW is committed to a safe working environment. We do this through a culture of constant communication, active sharing of best practices, learning from near-miss incidents and numerous other safety tools and processes.

We aim to ensure that every employee, both onshore and at sea, can work in the safest work environment possible. An example is our Health, Safety and Environment Policy, a directive that embodies our work activities. Tools like this
create BW’s safety culture.

BW has a holistic approach to Health, Safety, Security, Environment, and Quality (HSSEQ) across our operations. Our safety vision of Zero Harm is a journey, and new initiatives are put in place each year to realise our ambition. Our
current safety statistics indicate these efforts have been effective and impactful. Although our incident statistics show a positive downward trend in many group companies, there is always work to be done.

Even as we focus on prevention, we remain committed to emergency response preparedness. In collaboration with external stakeholders such as our Qualified Individuals (QI), P&I Clubs and crisis communications agency, we conduct
regular drills to stress-test our processes, train crew and colleagues, and refine our response as a team. In 2020, we conducted over a dozen drills with scenarios of allision (contact with a stationary vessel), oil spill, suspicious craft (piracy), as well as Covid-19 response.

Some of our initiatives include:

  • Reviews and enhancements to existing risk assessment processes onboard our ships, with a focus on high-risk activities such as entering enclosed spaces and working aloft
  • Lock-Out-Tag-Out (lock-out kits) implemented on identified machinery, namely valves and electrical equipment, to control hazardous energy
  • Case studies and instructional safety videos created for shipboard discussions
  • Safety briefings organised for seafarers at officers’ and crew conferences
  • A pocket safety booklet available for crew and visitors onboard ships, and safety visitor cards available for onshore employees
  • Feedback process for Bridge Team performance
  • Updated personal protection equipment (PPE) supplied to all seafarers
  • Induction and training for shore-based staff who visit vessels
  • BW type specific safety training for the Bosun and Fitter (Specialised Individuals)
  • Superintendent presentations and updates on Zero Harm during on board sailing visits

Anti-Bribery

We strive to achieve superior financial results and adhere to safe operating standards while simultaneously adopting high ethical principles.

The following anti-bribery policy guides our interactions with suppliers, customers, members of the industry and other stakeholders at all levels of the organisation. 

Policy Statement:

  • Comply with all applicable laws relating to anti-bribery and corruption in the jurisdictions in which we operate and in particular with respect to the UK Bribery Act 2010.
  • Support any employee who passes up an opportunity or advantage that would compromise our standards.
  • Ensure that our reputation for ethical behaviour and fair dealing with suppliers, customers, members of the industry and other stakeholders is maintained.
  • Expect all employees to conduct themselves with high standards of integrity.
  • Prohibit the giving or receiving of any gift, cash, entertainment or hospitality where the intention is to influence a business decision.
  • Prohibit unofficial payments or gifts made to facilitate routine government action (facilitation payments) where there is an intention to influence a public official in the performance of his/her official function and gain an advantage in the conduct of business.
  • Prohibit employees from asking for or suggesting any gifts and/or entertainment of any kind or amount from suppliers or any other person.

In order to achieve this, we will

  • Provide training and guidance to employees on BW’s anti-bribery policy.
  • Report gifts and entertainment according to HR guidelines for shore-based employees.
  • Record all gifts and entertainment received or given on board.

Employees are responsible for reporting infringements of any applicable laws in the jurisdictions in which BW operates and in particular with respect to the UK Bribery Act 2010.

Maritime Anti-Corruption Network

BW is a member of the Maritime Anti-Corruption Network (MACN), a global business network working towards the vision of a maritime industry free of corruption. MACN and its members promote good corporate practices in the maritime industry for tackling bribes, facilitation payments and other forms of corruption.

MACN collaborates with key stakeholders, including governments and international organizations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to identify and mitigate the root causes of corruption in the maritime industry.  For more information, visit their website