What is the purpose with ForeSea?

ForeSea is an information system for accidents, near-accidents and deviations whose primary purpose is to prevent marine accidents and improve maritime safety. The system offers the vessels and shipping companies a concrete and effective tool to proactively work with maritime safety issues. By collecting, analyzing and sharing information from the ships' incident reports in a shared experience bank, shipping companies can make decisions on measures and improvements based on a broad base of real data from the entire industry.

ForeSea collects reports from the person who is responsible of ISM at the shipping company (designated persons) and the reporting that is voluntary are registered anonymously in ForeSea's "experience bank". ForeSea's ambition is to capture, in addition to the mandatory accident reporting, conditions that are not normally reported to the regulatory authorities.

ForeSea can be said to constitute Swedish shipping's aggregate incident and accident database and the events reported in ForeSea constitute real data. Nothing can be more relevant as a starting point in a security assessment. Reports are rather uninteresting if these are not sorted and categorized and made useful for shipowners' safety assessments.

The system is developed by the Swedish shipping industry in collaboration with maritime authorities. As of January 2016, the system is owned and financed by the Swedish Shipowners´ Association. ForeSea is a further development of the former Swedish information system INSJÖ, which over the years had a broad reference group in the shipping industry where among shipping companies, SEKO seafarers, SBF, assurance companies, the seamen's foundation, and shipping companies participated.

Through public funds R&D shipping and grants from foundations, ForeSea has been able to continuously develop. Analysis methodology and risk assessments are areas that are constantly being developed and are given increasing scope within national and international regulatory development, in which theoretical risk analysis models that form the basis for decision-making in the regulatory development processes are developed. E.g. FSA, Formal Safety Assessment, is a methodology established by IMO and is used in virtually all maritime safety decisions. The overall perspective that reflects reality is often lacking, but this picture is provided through the ForeSea system.

Want to know more?

  • Christina Palmén

    Environment and Safety & Security
    christina.palmen [at] sweship.se
  • Johannes Hüffmeier

    Researcher maritime risk and safety
    +46 10 516 62 44
    johannes.huffmeier [at] ri.se