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  1. BASS
12 September 2006

Tarbit Shipping Signs with BASS to Enhance Maritime Safety

OSLO, Norway March 21, 2006 – BASS has signed an agreement with Swedish Tarbit Shipping AB for the delivery of SAFIR, an advanced software solution designed to optimise the administration of reporting undesired events at sea. Tarbit will also utilise the system further by including internal audits, inspections and other company specific procedures.

Tarbit Shipping AB will install SAFIR in their office in Skärhamn, Sweden and onboard their fleet. In addition to the SAFIR basic modules, SAFIR will be linked to INSJÖ, a database created by The Swedish Safety Maritime Inspectorate and the Swedish Shipowners Association to help Swedish shipowners share information on accidents, incidents, near-misses and non-conformities. By integrating SAFIR with INSJÖ, Tarbit will be able to transfer information seamlessly from SAFIR to the INSJÖ database.

“We found that SAFIR will assist us in recording undesired events,” says Torkel Hermansson, Tarbit’s general manager. “It is important to us that these reports are followed up and that the conclusions drawn are shared with all employees on shore and at sea.” Jonas Petterson, Tarbit’s nautical superintendent shares Hermansson’s enthusiasm for SAFIR. “The fact that SAFIR has a built-in link to INSJÖ that has already been proven effective with other Swedish shipping companies made SAFIR the right choice.”

According to BASS regional sales manager, Geir Michaselsen, Tarbit first expressed interest in SAFIR two years ago. “We are very pleased that after such a careful evaluation, Tarbit decided that SAFIR is the software system best equipped to fulfil their requirements,” he says. Michaelsen notes that SAFIR has already been installed on one vessel, and we expect implementation process for the rest of the fleet will be complete in a few months. “When SAFIR is fully operational in Tarbit’s offices in Skärhamn, all shipping companies in Skarhamn would be using BASS’s SAFIR,” he says.

SAFIR (Safety Information Reporting) is a software solution designed to enable users to report and systematically analyse un-desired events to ensure that company staff and crew members can learn and share information. SAFIR has been developed as a tool to help shipowners and ship managers to avoid accidents and protect lives, environment and property at sea. SAFIR has been developed in full compliance with Section 9 of ISM CODE, ISPS Code, ISO 9000 and ISO 14000.

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