Similar initiatives have been tried before and failed, but in 2014 several international oil companies and the three major shipyards came together and decided to initiate a scaffold standard as a pilot. This pilot would test the water to see if there was any appetite for further standards. It soon became evident that there was very active support for simplifying and standardising safety, and for the benefits that this could bring to the shipyards and clients. A workshop was held in September 2015 attended by the Chief Operating Officers and Yard Managers of each of the three major shipyards, together with senior management from the client companies, and the Korean regulators (See Figure 3). The workshop set out to formally agree on the scaffolding standard as the pilot. The goal was to take the learnings from the development of the pilot standard and apply them to all remaining safety standards. The workshop also collaborated to decide on the priorities for the next set of standards, which would be based on higher risk activities, where most incidents occurred, and where there would be most benefit from standardization.
The next safety priorities, beyond scaffolding were established as follows:
A memorandum of corporative engagement (MOCE) was signed by the fourteen participating companies at the workshop to register their commitment and continued support of the KSSS initiative.
In November 2015 the governance framework (See Figure 6) was agreed which included:
Each team was made up of voluntary participants from the shipyards and client companies to ensure a balanced representation. Each team was assigned a team leader from a client company. In January 2016, a workshop was held to gather learnings from the scaffold standard, which was already well advanced, and communicate these to the other workstreams just commencing. This was an opportunity for each of the workstreams to introduce their members and establish the scope of work to be included in their respective standard.
In June 2016, the scaffold standard was finalised and handed over to the implementation team. The scaffold standard was implemented on six ongoing offshore projects with agreement between the client and the shipyard. This was regarded as a major milestone and was celebrated at the 1st KSSS Standard Implementation Ceremony event held in Busan on the 28th of June (See Figure 4). The event was attended by 35 professionals from three shipyards, 10 client companies, KOSHIPA and a representative from the Ministry of Employment and Labour (MOEL).
In October 2016, KOSHIPA agreed to accept the role as the custodian and administrator of the KSSS Standards on behalf of the shipyard and client companies. This was regarded as another major milestone and critical for the sustainability of the KSSS initiative.
In October 2016, other than training all KSSS Standards were finalised and a workshop was held in Busan with an agenda to establish:
The occasion was also used to mark and celebrate the finalisation of the Phase 1 KSSS Standards (See Figure 5).