The Container Ship Safety Forum (CSSF) has been launched as a global business-to-business network that aims to improve safety performance and management practices in the container shipping industry.
Seven major companies, including Maersk, CMA CGM, Rickmers Shipmanagement and Zodiac Maritime Agencies, have founded the initiative to collectively identify common safety hotspots across the industry and ways to address the underlying causes.
Other segments of the shipping industry, such as the tanker and offshore industries, have already established collaborative safety forums but a CSSF spokesperson said it was the first for the container sector.
CSSF said it will implement its mission through measurement, reporting and benchmarking, sharing best practices and engaging with key stakeholders to develop durable solutions.
As an initial step, CSSF members have defined a common set of indicators for reporting on their safety performance.
Angie Farrag-Thibault, associate director of BSR, which is acting as a secretariat and facilitator for CSSF, said: “We expect that, in time, the CSSF will become a voice for the container shipping industry similar to other safety networks for other industry segments.”
CSSF is now open to new members.