The Seafarers’ Charity is again celebrating Maritime Safety Week – which takes place from 3 to 7 July – with a safety drill competition, calling on everyone who works at sea to get involved by practising and improving their crew muster drill.

Maritime minister Baroness Vere said: “With our rigorous regulations in place, safety standards across UK-flagged vessels are of the highest calibre. The safety drill competition by The Seafarers’ Charity will help vessels across the UK evacuate passengers and crew quicker in the event of an emergency, saving lives and improving safety practices.” To be recognised as this year’s champions, practise your drill and then enter the competition by posting a photo or video of your best attempt on your social media accounts with the hashtags #SafetyDrillTime and #MaritimeSafetyWeek, tagging The Seafarers’ Charity on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

The crew of the Karima N 96 won first prize in last year’s competition, producing a video of their drill during a North Sea trip.

The judges will consider speed, technique and style. Winners will receive the 2023 Safety Champions plaque to put in pride of place of their boat, as well as some great prizes, including a £500 cash prize for the muster champions and five XTRATUF UK vouchers of £150 each for deck boots and boat boots – plus, for fishing vessels, the bonus of seeing your winning crew photo featured in Fishing News.

The competition opens on 5 June and continues through Maritime Safety Week. You have until midnight on Sunday, 9 July to upload your entries. Winners will be announced during the following week.

The competition terms and conditions can be found here.

What is a muster drill?

A muster drill involves sounding an alarm to everyone onboard – this can be by voice. Everyone goes to the muster point on the boat and puts on the appropriate clothing – this could be warm clothing and waterproofs, or a survival suit. Finally, put on your abandon-ship lifejacket.

Time your drill from the moment of the alarm to the point on the boat and puts on the appropriate clothing – this could be warm clothing and waterproofs, or a survival suit.

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