Nautical Institute’s Enclosed Space Competition Winners Announced


The Human Element Industry Group Safety Competition – Enclosed Spaces winners have been announced, and The Nautical Institute is happy to do so. The Awards were presented on October 31, 2022, during a special meeting in the IMO Building.

Award ceremony

The Nautical Institute started the competition in December 2021 in collaboration with InterManager and IMarEST to draw attention to the circumstances that give rise to accidents in enclosed areas. Maritime Safety – Sending our people home safely was the topic of a panel discussion during the special awards ceremony that included Captain John Lloyd, Chief Executive of The Nautical Institute, Captain Kuba Szymanski, Secretary General of InterManager, and Martin Shaw, President-Elect, IMarEST.

The competition accepted entries in any medium, including reports, posters, and videos. Companies and people could take part by contributing their thoughts and suggesting ways to stop these situations.

“We were quite delighted with the amount, and quality, of entries we received from the UK and beyond,” Capt. John Lloyd remarked. “We were happy to take this chance to broaden the conversation and give voices to individuals from many sectors of the industry because entrance into hazardous zones is regrettably still a concern in the maritime industry. My compliments go out to all of our champions who showed a mastery of the material.”

The award winners:


Martyn James, MNI, Marine Pilot, Associated British Ports.

Martyn’s entry describes a combined air mask and gas detector worn by those entering enclosed spaces. The device enables an automatic release of air into the mask when oxygen deficiency is detected, allowing immediate and safe evacuation.


Jonathan Charles Rushton, AFNI, retired, a Global Marine Specialist who previously worked for Talisman Energy and Shell Tankers.

Jonathan proposes to establish an expert panel with the sole purpose of reviewing enclosed space deaths from existing sources of information. The experts should be drawn from a wider community than the maritime sector alone. The resulting conclusions would shine a spotlight on the leading factors contributing to deaths in enclosed spaces.


Lloyd Swindell, Deputy General Manager/QSHE, “K” Line LNG Shipping UK Ltd.

Awarded first prize in the Leadership category for his active encouragement of submissions from across the “K” Line LNG UK fleet resulting in higher levels of awareness and a number of recommendations for further improvements.

Ideas included the creation of laminated sheets with detailed diagrams of the space entered. The standby person keeps a plot of personnel in the space, minimising search time in the case where a rescue is needed, among other benefits.


Captain Russ Garbutt, FNI, retired, he previously worked as ship’s Master with P&O Ferries.

Awarded first prize in the category for his attention-grabbing posters.

Company Submission

Sören Scheid, NanoVapor Product Manager, Ecochlor.

Ecochlor is awarded First Prize in the Company Submission category for its NanoVapor technology, a tool to accelerate enclosed space and tank ventilation by suppressing volatile organic carbons (VOCs) and hydrogen sulphide while maintaining a breathable oxygen concentration at all times.

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