Continuous compliance a human centered risk assessment methodology ensuring compliance with the rules, meeting industry standards and achieving continuous improvement Read More Quality assurance LR certified process incorporating Key Risk Indicators and a triangular drill-down approach suitable for fleet and onshore human-centric risk assessment Read More Committee a dynamic advisory body representing major stakeholders, organizations and shipping companies blending with academia, experts in psychology, law enforcement and management systems Read More

CEO Statement

When it comes to risk assessments, the maritime industry needs to go beyond the checklist and also factor in the human element

Petros Achtypis, CEO Prevention at Sea

The shipping industry should alter the current ‘tick box’ culture, with greater emphasis on a proactive approach which puts people at the center. With the aim of detecting inefficient operational practices at an early stage, before they can escalate into major incidents, the Human ELement Maritime Enhancement Tool (H.EL.M.E.T.) represents a simple, practical and effective methodology for risk assessment.


Triangular assessment

the triangular methodology incorporates a drill-down approach and a single list of elements suitable for fleet and onshore human-centric risk assessment.


Key Risk Indicators

KRIs act as a signal whenever events, current conditions or trigger points indicate potential risks developing within a vessel’s and/or ship operator’s operations


Data analysis

Analysis involves the normalization of data collected from the field diving in the foundation of incidents, aiming at identifying uncommon patterns


Safe business profile

Numeric HELMET SBP is calculated from the combination of the HELMET Fleet Performance Indicator and Company Performance Indicator and reflects the organization’s safe business profile


Since 2016, PAS has launched H.EL.M.E.T. continuous compliance program, the acronym for “Human Element Maritime Enhancement Tool”, dedicated to the dry bulk sector. It incorporates a triangular risk assessment methodology aiming at the identification and control of human born unsafe acts, conditions and practices which have escaped attention.

H.EL.M.E.T. Webinar

H.EL.M.E.T. Webinar 28th January 2021 – Watch the Webinar Now.

HELMET Committee

In 2019, Prevention at Sea decided to join forces with the industry and has formed the H.EL.M.E.T. Committee aiming at enforcing the HELMET methodology.

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HELMET Chairman

We applaud Prevention at Sea’s vision of re-establishing a genuine, industry-wide commitment to “safety first” and are excited to work together, as a committee of safety experts from both the industry and academia, to continue to develop the H.EL.M.E.T methodology.

Captain Panagiotis Nikiteas


"I applaud Prevention at Sea for bringing together a committee of safety experts from both the industry and academia, to support the development of the vitally important H.EL.M.E.T. methodology."

George Boustras - Professor Risk Assessment, European University of Cyprus

"Addressing the human element is essential to safe shipping operations. Therefore, the work that we are undertaking as part of the H.EL.M.E.T. Committee to enforce a methodology that will make a significant change in the industry is extremely important to me."

Nikoletta Achilleos - EHS Consultant, Noble Energy

HE Mapping – Major Categories

Skilled based errors


Safety attitudes


Decision Errors


Operational procedures




Situational Violations


Communication and Coordination


Awareness & continual maritime education


Management priorities


Unsafe Equipment


Routine Violations


Unsafe Workplace