June 2017: C Data Services, a leading provider of professional IT Solutions to marine related industries, is pleased to announce that the online confidential reporting program it developed for CHIRP has been shortlisted for the Best Safety Service of the Year category in the Safety at Sea Awards 2017.
CHIRP Maritime has been reviewing hazardous occurrences and near misses, then providing guidance on safety lessons learnt from them, for 13 years. The reporting procedure and data management involved a mixture of systems and manual input. Not only was it a time-consuming process for those reporting the incidences but also the staff sharing this information to over 200,000 international seafarers. With funding from The International Foundation for Aids to Navigation (IFAN), CHIRP Maritime approached C Data Services to work with them in designing a program that would meet the needs of staff, users and stakeholders alike.
The new web based system, accessed via www.chirpmaritime.org has been live since September 2016 and offers a simplified and confidential report form accessible via mobile, tablet or computer. Documents, photos, videos or audio can be added to the submission and analytical tools are available. Already there has been 75% reduction in time taken to administer the reporting process.
John Rose of CHIRP Director (Maritime) comments, “The net effect of this enhanced service has been an increase in the number of reports received, these are now coming in from seafarers in parts of the world who have not participated in the past. The new program has enhanced our ability to promote best practice and learning to the global maritime industry. We are delighted to have received recognition for this exciting project developed with C Data.”
The winners will be announced on 12th September during London International Shipping Week. The winning entry of the Best Safety Service of the Year category will need to demonstrate an innovative and original development that has potential to improve safety on board and on shore.
For further information see www.cdata.co.uk.