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Ten shipping books we read in 2019

As the 2019 nears its end and the festive season is on, SAFETY4SEA has made a list of the best books its editors read throughout the year, addressed to anyone forming part of the maritime industry or not. So, grab a book and let the Christmas holiday begin!

A psychological approach to safety behaviour

Japan P&I Club issued a Loss Prevention bulletin analyzing psychological factors affecting safety behaviour. More than 90% of all maritime accidents are said to be caused by human error. On examining the root cause, in most cases, this was down to inadequate prior inspection and careless mistakes. 

Lessons learned: Uncontrolled movement of gangway

In the latest edition of its Safety Flashes, IMCA presents a near miss incident where a vessel gangway moved in an unplanned way and could have been lost overboard. The incident highlighted how a routine task can turn into a near miss. 

Safety challenges for the human factor in the maritime industry

During the 2019 Hellenic American Maritime Forum in Athens, Mrs. Panagiota Chrysanthi, DDPA/EMR, Andriaki Shipping Co. Ltd, provided her opinion on safety challenges in the shipping industry, and the crucial role that human factor plays. As noted, from 2012-2016, 75% accidents were due to human error. She also added that the industry has not done enough to prevent human errors.

AMSA launches survey on fatigue for seafarers on domestic commercial vessels

AMSA launched the ‘Fatigue Survey – Domestic Commercial Vessels’ focusing on the importance of seafarers’ wellbeing when onboard. The survey aims to get an insight into how seafarers cope with fatigue in order to develop specific guidance, while also encourage safe management practices.  

Recognizing fatigue and building resilience

Resilience is a term that is widely known during the last years and refers to the ability of an organization to anticipate, prepare for, respond and adapt to incremental change and sudden disruptions in order to survive and prosper. Namely, the term reaches beyond risk management towards a more holistic view of business health and success. 

Understanding fatigue and its effects on ship safety

Latest Safety and Shipping Review report by Allianz fears that industry could see an increase in human error and claims related to fatigue or a lack of crew engagement. Besides, human error remains a key safety issue and an underlying factor in many claims and fatigue is considered the main contributory factor in such incidents.

Human error remains key concern for shipping safety

In its annual Shipping and Safety review, Allianz reiterated that human error remains a key safety issue and an underlying factor in many claims, meaning the quality of crew and ship owners’ overall safety culture are of increasing importance to risk assessment.

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