A Research On Occupational Accidents Aboard Merchant Ships


12th International Conference on Marine Navigation and Safety of Sea Transportation (TransNav 2017), 21 - 23 June 2017, vol.37, pp.401-411 identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 37
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.jsr.2006.04.007
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-411
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


Introduction: There are numerous diverse papers that have addressed issues within maritime safety; to date there has been no comprehensive review of this literature to aggregate the causal factors within accidents in shipping and surmise current knowledge. Methods: This paper reviewed the literature on safety in three key areas: common themes of accidents, the influence of human error, and interventions to make shipping safer. The review included 20 studies of seafaring across the following areas: fatigue, stress, health, situation awareness, teamwork, decision-making, communication, automation, and safety culture. Results: The review identifies the relative contributions of individual and organizational factors in shipping accidents, and also presents the methodological issues with previous research. Conclusions: The paper concludes that monitoring and modifying the human factors issues presented in this paper could contribute to maritime safety performance. Impact on industry: This review illustrates which human factors issues are prevalent in incidents therefore this gives shipping practitioners a focus for interventions. (c) 2006 National Safety Council and Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.