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1st Edition

Seaman's Guide to Human Factors, Leadership, and Personnel Management

ISBN 9780367779610
Published March 31, 2021 by CRC Press
132 Pages

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Book Description

Training and certification for Seafarers has been founded on technical aspects, but maybe the most important thing to do aboard a ship is dealing with people. This book, written with seamen in mind, covers areas of expertise that every officer should know to improve motivation, engagement, teamwork, and conflict handling; in short, to be a leader. This book also covers the new requirements for every officer or merchant marine and can be used in courses on this topic. It focuses on seafarers' needs and the language used, avoiding the excessive use of psychological terms, yet keeping the accuracy.


  • Covers new requirements for every Merchant Marine Officer

  • Written for and by a seaman, with the accuracy of a psychologist

  • Presents knowledge on how to improve motivation, engagement, teamwork, and conflict handling

  • Includes how to manage people in emergency situations and avoid the loss of lives, like the disaster of Costa Concordia and Estonia

Table of Contents

1. Introduction. 2. Leadership. 3. Teamwork. 4. the Psychological Challenges of Life on Board. 5. The Case of VTS. 6. References.

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Jose Rodriguez Cordon was born in Algeciras, Spain on 28/12/1966. He currently lives in Cadiz, Spain, and works on Cadiz VTS. He received his degree on Merchant Marine Navigation and Sea Transportation in 1992 and sailed from 1992 to 2000 on South America, the Red Sea, and between Africa and Southern Spain, mainly on ferries and high-speed crafts. In 1998 he received his Master Mariner qualification. From 2000 onward, he has worked for Spanish Maritime Administration, on SASEMAR, which is the agency for Sea Safety and Maritime Search and Rescue. In 2011 he received his degree in Psychology in both the Clinic and Work and Organizational Areas. He finished his master’s degree in investigation in psychology in 2013 and in 2018 received a Ph.D. in Health Sciences form Cadiz University. His main areas of interests are Analytical Research on Human Factors research, featuring studies in Civil Marine and Vessel Traffic Services environment. His background includes participation in workshops, conferences and seminars on Maritime safety and HF.  He haseExperience in designing and running studies, writing scientific reports and research strategies.