WIT Press


A Potential Of Reducing The Risk Of Ship Casualties By 50%

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MT030161

Volume

68

Pages

12

Published

2003

Size

549.61 kb

Author(s)

T. Jacobsen

Abstract

A potential of reducing the risk of ship casualties by 50% T. Jacobsen Nautical Safety & Communication Systems, Det Norske Vevitas, Norway. Abstract From statistics we can read that about 50% of all ship casualties that occurred over a ten-year period were due to collision, grounding and heavy weather, not only when going by the number of ships or by tonnage, but also when referring to lives lost, oil spilled and claims paid. These plain statistics cannot be denied, and they do not leave much doubt that bridge operation is the area where we find the greatest potential for increasing safety and efficiency in waterborne transport at large. By evaluation of the casualties, DNV has found it appropriate to differentiate between "Human Errors" and "Situation-caused Errors", where the "Human Errors" stands for approximately 80% of the accidents. If the bridge arrangement is based on functional requirements, very few casualties of the type "Human Errors" should occur, unless negligence or irresponsibi

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