The ECBC Safety Team received the Army’s Industrial Operations Safety Award Oct. 22 for their work on the mission to destroy Syria’s declared chemical weapons stockpile aboard the MV Cape Ray.
The award was presented to ECBC Director Joseph L. Corriveau, Ph.D., by Gen. Dennis Via, commanding general of the U.S. Army Materiel Command, during a program at APG North.
“Safety is a crucial component of every project ECBC does, so to have our safety team recognized on the national level for its work distinguishes ECBC as a leader in safety management,” said Joseph L. Corriveau, Ph.D., director of ECBC.
“The award we received recognizes the focus on safety that our team implemented throughout the entire FDHS project, from the design and manufacture of the FDHS systems, to the retrofit aboard the MV Cape Ray and the destruction operations in the Mediterranean Sea,” said FDHS Project Manager Raymond DiBerardo.
“It was a team – engineers, operators and various safety personnel from ECBC and other agencies – all utilizing their expertise so the system would work and operators could use the system safely,” said ECBC safety engineer Todd Nay, who was the lead safety engineer on the project. Nay and ECBC Safety Specialist Jarad Tucker worked on the design side of the project, which Nay estimates was in development for approximately nine months.
Unique to this project was the challenge of carrying out a destruction mission at sea. The original design for the FDHS system was a land-based design. On the operational end, the safety team had to consider the hazards of conducting operations on a ship and adapt the system to meet those needs. “Working on a ship was a new environment for most of our employees so they had to understand ship SOPs and make sure the work we do could be adapted to be performed on a ship,” Nay said.