Master sails to success

The Grampian Defiance, her Masters and crews receiving the award
The Grampian Defiance, her Masters and crews receiving the award

A Peterhead-based skipper is flying the flag for safety after picking up North Star Shipping’s Gold House Flag award.

John Strachan, master of the Grampian Defiance, of the offshore emergency response and rescue vessel operated by North Star Shipping picked up the prestigious annual award on behalf of her crews for outstanding safety culture on-board.

The Grampian Defiance, her Masters and crews received the award for their exceptional overall quality and quantity of safety correspondence, internal audit results, MCA Audits and Inspections, and vessel visits.

Mr Strachan and James Ward Jnr. have been described as dynamic, modern skippers who are very knowledgeable, fully aware and supportive of all aspects of QHSE.

The Masters and their crews were presented the Gold Flag by North Star Shipping Managing Director, Callum Bruce and QHSE Manager Eddie Perkins.

Mr Bruce commended all North Star crews on their efforts and he said: “Once again the choice to select a winner has been difficult as the overall standards across the fleet have improved.

“There have been many examples of excellent safety work across the fleet and everyone should be recognised for continually raising the bar”.

North Star Shipping, a division of the family-owned global shipping and energy services firm Craig Group, has had its outstanding safety performance and procedures recognised by one of the world’s leading health and safety bodies for the 14th consecutive year.

The company has won the International Safety Award with distinction from the British Safety Council for its performance in relation to safety and its proactive safety management system.

The fleet now boasts an average of 2372 days Lost Time Incident free which means that on average the vessels, operating in a high risk environment, have gone six and half years without any accident or injury.