Safety On Board the Ferries of TT-Line
Safety and the protection of the lives of humans at sea have always been the central aspect of all human endeavours to navigate the oceans. Accordingly the great seafaring nations of the world developed deeply rooted traditions and an entire culture surrounding safety at sea. This applies particularly to the ferrying of passengers across the sea.
In line with this safety culture, TT-Line has been operating a ferry service in the Baltic Sea since the early 1960s. Our Safety Concept rests on three main pillars: modern, safe vessels that are in peak condition, competent and well-trained staff both on board and on land, as well as optimal organization of operational processes.
As a minimum standard, all safety measures must conform to the requirements of the international, regional and national safety regulations for ocean-going vessels which form the basis of the SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea) of the International Maritime Organisation IMO, a United Nations body.
TT-Line operates one of the most recently built and most state-of-the-art ferry fleets in the Baltic Sea today. The ships have been designed and constructed in accordance with the latest technological developments, and they meet all the safety requirements in force, including the special requirements in terms of watertight integrity which came into force for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea following the "Estonia" disaster. To maintain the high technological standard of the fleet, ongoing and scheduled maintenance is an absolute requirement. For this reason, all ships of TT-Line have their own computer-assisted maintenance and repair program by means of which all necessary work can be scheduled and monitored.
However, technology alone is no guarantee for safety. It is the optimal interaction between humans and technology which ensures that emergency situations do not arise in the first place. If incidents do occur, however, it is imperative that safety is maintained through direct, prompt and correct human intervention. Competent and well-trained personnel is therefore a crucial factor in the safe operation of a vessel. Ongoing personnel training programmes and frequent drills guarantee that the crew are capable of responding quickly and correctly to unforeseen events.
Complex operational sequences require an effective organisation. All the important safety-related operational sequences are laid down in TT-Line's Safety Management System. The system meets the requirements of the International Safety Management Codes of the IMO and has been regularly tested and certified by the relevant authorities since 1996. The most important aspect of the system is the process of constant monitoring and improvement which is designed to raise our safety standard further still.
If you have any questions regarding safety, please feel free to contact us info@TTLine.com