Alaska Tanker Company Reaches Safety Milestones

 

February 2018

 

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For Seafarers-contracted Alaska Tanker Company (ATC), the start of the New Year also marked a noteworthy pair of safety milestones.

 

In a written communication to the company’s employees in early January, ATC President and CEO Anil Mathur noted, “The men and women of Alaska Tanker Company have now completed 16 years and 22 million man-hours with only one lost-time injury: a fractured finger back in 2011. During this period, ATC has carried 1.4 billion barrels of crude oil and spilled less than 2.2 gallons of crude to sea (yes: we count every drop).”

 

He continued, “This combination of long-term safety and environmental performance is unmatched in the oil tanker industry, worldwide. Yet, we in ATC do not see ourselves as extraordinary individuals. It’s always felt like a team of ordinary men and women, performing at an extraordinary level. The bedrock of our world class performance is the support we get from our external stakeholders, our operations integrity system, and our safety culture.”

 

Mathur then described the multiple layers of that culture, which include training, teamwork, vessel integrity and much more.

 

Additionally, and as usual when commenting on prior safety achievements, Mathur was quick to include the company’s shipboard unions when crediting others for contributing to ATC’s success.

 

“ATC’s performance has been made possible with the support and encouragement of our external stakeholders,” he wrote. “We are profoundly grateful for this: The financial and technical support from our client, BP; our Owners: Keystone and OSG; our Unions: the SIU and the MEBA; our Suppliers; the citizen groups we work with (RCAC); and our main Regulators: the U.S. Coast Guard; the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation; Washington Department of Ecology; the office of California Oil Spill Prevention and Response.

 

“It is our shipmates and shore staff that have delivered this amazing performance, one job at a time, one day at a time, during this 16-year stretch,” he concluded. “We work 24/7 in mind-numbing freezing cold, howling winds that chill our bones, interrupted sleep patterns, and with months away from our families, and yet our dedication to safety does not waiver. For my shipmates’ unrelenting passion for safety and unparalleled commitment, I am deeply grateful.”

 

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