Riverside & Pickering has a safety management system that meets the requirements of the International Safety Management Code (ISM) full name -International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and for Pollution Prevention*, the USACE, the American Waterways Operators Responsible Carrier Program (AWO RCP) and the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) Ship Inspection reporting program (SIRE) and Tanker management Self-Assessment 2 (TMSA 2).

The safety management system shares core policies and procedures across both the dredging and towing operations groups.  Simply put, Riverside & Pickering is dedicated to safety at sea, prevention of human injury or loss of life, and avoidance of damage to the environment, in particular to the marine environment and to property.

Riverside & Pickering accomplishes this through safety and environmental policies and procedures that identify risks to its vessels, personnel and the environment and establishes the appropriate safeguards. Then the company continuously improves safety management skills of personnel ashore and aboard vessels, including preparing for emergencies related both to safety and environmental protection.

The safety management system includes a Designated Person Ashore, Designated Safety Manager and Site Safety and Health officers.  These people ensure the safe operations of each dredge and support vessel and also provide a link to the top level of management.  They also monitor the safety and pollution prevention aspects of the operation.

Through a system of documentation that is audited monthly, Riverside & Pickering ensures that non-conformities, accidents, and hazardous situations are reported, investigated and analyzed with the objective of improving safety and pollution prevention.  The system also includes corrective actions to prevent recurrence.

Riverside & Pickering has procedures to ensure that the towing vessels, dredges and support vessels are maintained in compliance with relevant rules and regulations as well as in conformance with company requirements.  This includes critical equipment identification, measuring and monitoring to promote reliability and regular vessel inspections at regular intervals.

Riverside & Pickering’s Safety Management System is well-documented and subject to internal audits by Tug & Barge Solutions ISM & ISO Lead Auditors to verify whether safety and pollution prevention activities comply with the safety management system.  Regular management reviews of the operations, inspections and audits ensure management’s commitment to safe operations.  Our vessels and floating plants undergo a 600-point audit three times a year to identify issues and to help Riverside & Pickering grow the safety culture.  We continuously assess ourselves using TMSA 2, Safety Culture and Quality of Work Life surveys to track our safety culture and improve our safety record.

Riverside & Pickering’s Safety Management System is also subject to third party audits by the class society RINA and all supporting vendors are expected to comply with the company’s safety management system.