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7th REA Symposium, 26-29 June 2017

To support the research community in resilience, we would like to share with you the announcement of the 7th Symposium of the Resilience Engineering Association.

SEAHORSE regional event in Madrid, 18th October 2016

SEAHORSE’s final regional event is scheduled to take place in Madrid on the 18th October 2016.

Project Summary Info

SEAHORSE is a leap forward towards shipping safety achieved through technology transfer from air transport to maritime transport focusing on human factors problems in an innovative, integrated and multidisciplinary manner towards safer and more resilient shipping operations

Project Concept

The SEAHORSE project brings together an experienced, diverse and committed consortium from air and maritime transport sectors and world leading expertise, with the overall goal of tackling the issue of ‘Human Factors and Shipping Safety’.

By taking a pioneering and original approach the SEAHORSE consortium aims to achieve meaningful improvements in shipping safety by addressing human and organisational factors with the introduction of the following innovative concepts:

  • Enhanced understanding and identification of underlying reasons for marine accidents and execution of gap analysis compared to air transport industry
  • Identify the best practices in air transport managing errors and non-standard practices including the implementation of resilience engineering principles and develop the framework to transfer these successful practices  to maritime transport to enhance the safety through managing the human and organisational factors
  • New and innovative ‘shortcuts’ methodology for the identification and assessment of the negative/positive outcomes of the practice of crew taking shortcuts.
  • Identification and measurement of the functional demands of ship operations and crew needs, limitations and capabilities.
  • Development of Multilevel resilience approach covering individuals, teams, multi-teams and organisations linked and interactive to make sure interventions to improve resilience at one level should have positive impact on resilience at a different level.
  • Innovative validation through real case studies involving 8-12 operational ships, full bridge simulators and training institutions/companies
  • Innovative SEAHORSE virtual platform, which can be utilised to tailor  the multi-level resilience  principles to individual company needs, develop targeted implementation plan and training  materials
  • Practical guidelines will be available for the whole industry.

Through the SEAHORSE concept and the utilisation of some of Europe’s leading companies and institutions, both in the consortium and advisory board, in various fields including human factors research, operation, engineering and training in air and maritime transport; SEAHORSE has the potential to create a significant impact, at not only a European level but also an International one, in making the ship operation a safe, resilient, attractive and efficient environment.

Project Objective

The SEAHORSE project proposes to address human factors and safety in maritime transport by transferring the well proven practices and methodologies from air transport to maritime transport in an effective, collaborative and innovative manner.

This will be primarily achieved by introducing the principles of resilience engineering and smart shortcuts methodology in an integrated framework which will result in multi-level resilience that linking individuals, team, multi-party teams and organisations in ship operation that ultimately enhancing shipping safety.

The SEAHORSE project’s aim will be realised through the implementation of the following objectives:

  • Identify the key human/organisational factors, which lead to operational successes and failures in marine and air transport and perform gap analysis in marine practices in comparison to air industry;
  • Investigate how errors and non-standard practices were managed successfully in air transport and check the feasibility of applying best practices and resilience concept adopted in air transport for marine to improve human/organisational errors and safety
  • Develop the Technology Transfer Framework from air to marine for successful implementation
  • Introduce a smart SHORTCUT methodology in marine operations to identify and assess non-standard procedures carried out on board ships to quantify the positive/negative effects in order to enhance overall resilience.
  • Develop and validate a multi-level resilience model and virtual platform as well as guidelines for maritime transport which encompasses individual, team, multi-party and organisational resilience that linked and integrated. 
  • Implement and evaluate the benefits of the SEAHORSE multi-level resilience tools through the comparison with traditional maritime safety methods and operations in training, simulator and actual ship environment.
  • Educate stakeholders within the maritime transport industry of the benefits of resilience engineering and the SEAHORSE concepts.

Project Map

The map below shows the location of the project partners.