Safety on board the TT-Line ferries
Safety and the protection of human life at sea have always been a central aspect of mankind’s efforts to engage in maritime travel. That is why the world’s major seafaring nations have developed a deep-rooted tradition and culture of safety for many years. This applies particularly to transporting people across the seas.
TT-Line has been operating ferries on the Baltic in line with this safety culture since the early 1960s. Our safety concept in this field basically rests on three pillars: modern, safe ships with impeccable maintenance; competent, well-trained staff on board and on shore; and optimum organization of the operational processes.
All of the safety measures correspond to at least the requirements of the international, regional and national safety regulations for seagoing vessels, which are based on the SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea) adopted by the international shipping organization IMO, a subsidiary organization of the United Nations.
TT-Line operates one of the newest and most modern ferry fleets on the Baltic. The ships were built using state-of-the-art technology and satisfy all of the prevailing safety standards, including the special requirements on sinkproofing that were put into force for the North Sea and the Baltic after the ‘Estonia’ accident. If the fleet’s high technical standards are to be maintained, however, maintenance work must be carried out continuously and in accordance with a plan. All of TT-Line’s ships are therefore equipped with a computer-supported maintenance and repair programme with which the work can be planned and monitored.
Technology alone does not guarantee safety. The optimum interplay of people and technology is crucial for preventing emergencies from happening in the first place. If incidents occur nevertheless, safety must be ensured by purposeful and correct human action. Well-trained and competent employees are therefore crucial for the safe operation of the ship. Ongoing staff training and frequent practice safeguard our employees’ ability to react quickly and properly to unforeseen events.
Complex operational processes require effective organization. All of TT-Line’s important processes in the field of safety are laid down in its safety management system. This system conforms to the requirements of the IMO’s International Safety Management Code and has been examined and approved by the competent authorities since 1996. The most important aspect of the system is a continuous checking and improvement process that is designed to help with the further improvement of our safety standards.
If you have any other queries about safety, please write to us at info@TTLine.com.