The Royal Australian Navy has launched the fleet seaworthiness strategy during the HMAS Success & Sirius Seaworthiness Board.
Launched by Australian Fleet commander rear admiral Stuart Mayer, the Fleet Seaworthiness Strategy covers the period up until 2018.
In addition, it is closely aligned with the navy strategy, Plan Pelorus.
Mayer said: "The Fleet Seaworthiness Strategy provides assurance that navy’s required capability is being delivered in a safe and effective way, it describes how the Seaworthiness system will operate across the fleet.
"The key to effective implementation of Seaworthiness is the involvement of all members of the navy, and those that support navy, in achieving our mission."
The strategy is designed to create justified confidence in the Seaworthiness system and it will be achieved through evidence-based assurance, considering all work health and safety risks in the operating environment of the navy.
According to the navy, it builds on a number of other initiatives including the Sea Release Assurance Framework, improvements to risk and safety systems, and remediation of some assessment activities.
Mayer added: "We think around 2018 is when we will see a mature approach to seaworthiness that is generated from within our workforce.
"Embedding practises and creating behaviours and the right culture takes time, but we are making progress."
He also stated that it will offer clear standards and repeatable ways of demonstrating ongoing performance, helping the navy to make better, informed decisions, within a more collaborative culture.
Image: Australian Fleet commander Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer launched the Fleet Seaworthiness Strategy at Fleet Headquarters, Sydney. Photo: courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.