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1st Edition

Managing Maritime Safety

ISBN 9781138559233
Published January 31, 2018 by Routledge
186 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Shipping is a pillar of global trade, with 90 per cent of the world’s trade in goods and raw materials carried by ship. Despite the economic benefits this delivers, maritime operations can be dangerous, and when accidents occur the consequences are serious. Consequential outcomes from hazards at sea include serious injury, death, loss of cargo and destruction of the marine environment.

Managing Maritime Safety will give you a thorough understanding of contemporary maritime safety and its management. It provides varying viewpoints on traditional safety topics in conjunction with critical discussions of the international safety management code and its application. The book also offers new perspectives on maritime safety such as ship and equipment design for safety and the relevance of safety management systems, in particular the application of the International Safety Management code to remote controlled or autonomous ships. The authors all work in the maritime industry, as practitioners, in education, research, government and classification. The combination of wide-ranging and extensive experience provides an unprecedented span of views with a strong connection to the real issues in the maritime domain.

This book sets out to provide much needed consolidated knowledge for university level students on maritime safety management, incorporating theoretical, historical, research, operational and design perspectives.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Setting the Stage for Maritime Safety Management

Helle A. Oltedal

Chapter 2: The History of Safety Management

James Parsons and Chad Allen

Chapter 3: Safety Management Systems

Bjørn-Morten Batalden and Helle A. Oltedal

Chapter 4: Culture and Maritime Safety

Jon Ivar Håvold and Helle A. Oltedal

Chapter 5: The Human Contribution

Helle A. Oltedal and Margareta Lützhöft

Chapter 6: Risk Perception

Michelle Grech

Chapter 7: Design for Safety

Margareta Lützhöft and Viet Dung Vu

Chapter 8: Autonomous Ships, ICT and Safety Management

Jonathan V. Earthy and Margareta Lützhöft


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Helle A. Oltedal holds a PhD in safety management and safety culture within the Norwegian Controlled Shipping Industry. She is currently Program Manager of the Maritime Safety (MarSafe) Research Program at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests include aspects of organizational safety management and safety culture within the maritime industry.

Margareta Lützhöft is a master mariner and holds a PhD in human–machine interaction on the ship’s bridge. Presently she holds a position as Professor of Maritime Human Factors in the Maritime Safety (MarSafe) Research Program at Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. Her research interests include human-centered design and the effects of new technology, and she has published in these and other areas relating to maritime safety.