01 February 2016
DON’T say ‘Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep * – do say ‘Safer Seas’. That’s the film we’ve made for CHIRP – the ‘Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme’ – about the maritime version of the long-standing system in aviation, where anyone can report dangerous incidents (including ones they may have caused) in complete confidence, so that the facts can be circulated and all learn from dangerous mistakes. The new(er) guy on the block is the maritime version, led by Captain John Rose (picture.) It’s called ‘Maritime Feedback’, published quarterly. John’s a live wire, on this for 2 years plus now, producing some pretty hair-raising reports: near misses at sea, dangerous practices like driving RIBS (rigid inflatable boats) much too fast, and even a crew member going ship to ship on the end of a crane hook. Yikes!!
* 1970 pop hit. YouTube if you dare…
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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