Focus Session: Safety Management Systems

Safety Management Systems: Moving Beyond the Checklists

Captain Chris Chafe- St. Lawrence II, Brigantine, Inc.
Nate Hauser-  Vice President/General Manager, Moran Towing Philadelphia

Safety Management Systems (SMS) whether mandated or voluntary, are designed to enhance safety aboard and facilitate the bests practices both ashore and underway for vessel operators.  While the development of individual policies and procedures may at first seem to be the most difficult aspect of implementation, many organizations ultimately discover that achieving “buy in”, from all parties involved, is a far greater challenge.
   This session will examine the psychology of risk assessment and how it relates to crew and staff engagement in the SMS rather than feeling as though it is a process of “death by checklist”.  Audience participants will be presented with functional tools and techniques for creating effective guidance documentation and policies as well as helpful hints on how to maintain a functional SMS long after the initial excitement and willingness to participate has faded.

Chris Chafe has been involved in sail training for the past 20 years. The majority of his time has been spent working with Canadian Organizations and C.S.T.A. Through Chris’s involvement with these groups, he has been able to help with the development of the STV regulations, SMS, marketing plans & strategies, and program development. Chris currently works with Brigantine Inc. and St. Lawrence II.

Nate Hauser
Nate Hauser

Nathan is a 1998 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.  Nathan joined Moran in 2002 as a Chief Engineer aboard a ship docking tug in Philadelphia. Nathan was promoted in 2010 to General Manager of Moran’s Philadelphia Division and appointed Vice President in 2011.  He currently manages a fleet of four harbor tugs and approximately 40 employees as well as being involved in many exciting corporate training and operations initiatives.  He also serves as a member of Moran’s Corporate Design Team and Quality Steering Committee. Nathan served 14 years in the Naval Reserve achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He is an avid aviator, serving as a Tow Pilot for Brandywine Soaring and a Young Eagles Coordinator with the Experimental Aviation Association.  Nathan also serves on the board of the Maritime Charter High School of Philadelphia and on the Board of Governors with the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society. Nathan maintains current USCG Licensure as follows: Master of Towing – Oceans; 2nd Mate Unlimited – Oceans; 1600 ton Master – Oceans; 3rd Assistant Engineer – Unlimited Horsepower – Steam, Motor and Gas Turbine; USCG Designated Examiner for Towing Officer Endorsements; STCW 95 Certifications. Nathan resides in Newark, Delaware with his wife Amber and two young children.


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