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Incorporation of seafarer psychological factors into maritime safety assessment

Fan, S, Blanco-Davis, E, Fairclough, S, Zhang, J, Yan, X, Wang, J and Yang, Z (2023) Incorporation of seafarer psychological factors into maritime safety assessment. Ocean and Coastal Management, 237. ISSN 0964-5691

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Psychological factors have been a critical cause of human errors in sectors such as health and aviation. However, there is little relevant research in the maritime industry, even though human errors significantly contribute to shipping accidents. It becomes even more worrisome given that seafarers are changing their roles onboard ships due to the growth of automation techniques in the sector. This research pioneers a conceptual framework for assessing seafarer psychological factors using neurophysiological analysis. It quantitatively enables the psychological factor assessment and hence can be used to test, verify, and train seafarers' behaviours for ship safety at sea and along coasts. A case study on ship collision avoidance in coastal waters demonstrates its feasibility using ship bridge simulation. An experimental framework incorporating neurophysiological data can be utilised to effectively evaluate the contribution of psychological factors to human behaviours and operational risks. Hence, it opens a new paradigm for human reliability analysis in a maritime setting. This framework provides insights for reforming and evaluating operators’ behaviours on traditionally crewed ships and in remote-controlled centres within the context of autonomous ships. As a result, it will significantly improve maritime safety and prevention of catastrophic accidents that endanger oceans and coasts.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 04 Earth Sciences; 05 Environmental Sciences; 16 Studies in Human Society; Fisheries
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD61 Risk Management
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Divisions: Engineering
Publisher: Elsevier BV
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 22 May 2023 10:03
Last Modified: 22 May 2023 10:03
DOI or ID number: 10.1016/j.ocecoaman.2023.106515
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/19545
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