DFDS partners with start-up company Scoutbase to improve safety at sea

A digital solution to improve maritime safety developed by the start-up company Scoutbase is being tested in a pilot project on DFDS vessels and will help identify challenges at sea earlier, so that they can be addressed before they become accidents.


DFDS has partnered with start-up company Scoutbase to improve our ability to identify and address safety risks at sea earlier – and to go beyond the current industry standards. The cooperation with Scoutbase has been going on for close to a year, first in an explorative co-creation phase and now in a pilot phase where the Scoutbase solution is being installed on board a number of DFDS vessels.

Jakob Lynge, Senior Marine Superintendent, Marine Standards at DFDS says: “In order to further improve safety, we need to think differently. We believe Scoutbase can help us do that. We can never stop improving safety. We can never rest.”

Scoutbase allows seafarers across the fleet to anonymously share their experiences with a few simple taps. This makes it possible to capture honest data continuously rather than solely relying on occasional surveys, inspections or incident reports.

People working with safety at sea and ashore can access data about issues such as productivity, safety and well-being across the fleet and in real time.
The data is displayed in a way that makes it easy to identify leading safety indicators. This new data creates a shared understanding across the organisation of the challenges seafarers really face at sea.

Mads Bentzen Billesø, Senior Project Manager, Partnerships, Innovation and Technology at DFDS, adds: “We welcome initiatives that have the potential to improve safety even more. Scoutbase set out to dramatically change and challenge the way we think and manage safety at sea, and it has been a pleasure working with their team on this. I can’t wait to see the results from the pilot on board our vessels in April!”

March 18, 2019

2 replies
  1. Steven Farrow
    Steven Farrow says:

    What a great idea to help obtain first hand critical information and promote a positive Health & Safety culture.

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