Geert Vanwesenbeeck, Project Manager for the maintenance dredging works on the river Scheldt, gathered his team to rethink about a certain situation after an incident with a smaller crew boat on site: "It made us realise how fast such small boats can sink in a worst-case scenario,” explains Geert. “So what if? Who exactly was on board?"
Geert identified the need for a very simple system ensuring that all crew members are registered at all times. Since the maintenance dredging project on the river Scheldt stretches over several kilometres, with several embarkation points, this registration could not be centralized.
The project team developed an easy and user-friendly personnel registration tool. Before every trip, the skipper or deckhand of the crew vessel ticks off the passengers on a list of names and enters both the embarkation point and final destination. He then shares the entered information with all project staff members by simply pressing the send button.
This procedure ensures that the project team knows who is working where at all times. “We now have this tool on the crew vessels and the visitor registration system on board of our suction hopper dredgers. There are no blind spots anymore and that is a major reassurance,” Geert emphasises.
The tool also detects when someone is on board for the first time. This way, the skipper or deckhand knows that a visitor introduction is in order. “It is important that all passengers on board know what they should and should not do. There are rules that must be followed and these are illustrated with a short video.”