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Press release: Safety on Top of the Agenda for the Petroleum and Independent Inspection Industries

October 18th, 2018 Posted in Uncategorized |

Press release: Safety on Top of the Agenda of the Petroleum and Independent Inspection Industries
For the first time, the petroleum and inspection industries partner to share insights on key safety related issues

Rotterdam, 18 October 2018: Hosted by the Port of Rotterdam, a safety conference was organised in partnership between the International Federation of Inspection Agencies (IFIA) and some of the leading oil & gas producers, namely BP, ExxonMobil and Shell. This is the first time that these industries come together to openly discuss under Chatham House rules issues faced on the field. The main objective of the conference was to pinpoint some of the key challenging aspects around safety and define potential avenues of cooperation to address them.

Speaking on behalf of IFIA, Peter Boks, CEO of Saybolt and Member of the IFIA Council said: “I am personally extremely satisfied with the enthusiastic engagement achieved during this pilot safety conference. I am sure this is going to be the first of a series of successful cooperations between the inspection and petroleum industry to ensure our teams are confident to operate in a safe environment globally”.

The safety conference brought together more than 70 representatives from the inspection, petroleum, terminals and shipping industries from around the world to discuss key safety issues and agree to suitable solutions to address them.

Peter de Kleine, Global Manager Product Quality, Fuels Product Management and Claims, Shell stated: “This was a truly historic moment to have so many key players in the petroleum market under one roof to share ideas and openly discuss how to resolve pertinent safety issues in order to work towards a stronger safety working culture and environment for all”

The conference included breakout sessions on safety leadership and stop work authority as well as presentations in the overall context of on and off shore inspections. It opened with presentations from Cedric Parentelli, Director Europe, Dupont on safety culture transformation in the digital age and Tony-Gower Jones, Boardmember, Tripod foundation who offered insight on changing leadership conversations through changing how safety is measured.



IFIA 2018 Safety Conference - Rotterdam - 17-18 Oct 2018