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Human centered design knowledge for maritime designers: enough preaching, time to practice


Abeysiriwardhane, A and Lutzhoft, M and Styhr Petersen, E, Human centered design knowledge for maritime designers: enough preaching, time to practice, NMIO Technical Bulletin, National Maritime Intelligence-Integration Office, United States, 12, 1, pp. 7-11. (2017) [Magazine Article]

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Maritime transport services represent approximately 90% of world trade, turning the shipping industry into the backbone of the current world economy. Though the maritime industry is growing daily in terms of technology, regulations, capacity, and safety, there are still a significant number of accidents that occur at sea. It has been estimated that 60-80% of all casualties at sea are the result of operator error. According to the United Kingdom Protection and Indemnity Club, this costs the maritime industry US$540 million every year. However, it is prudent to investigate the cause for these errors by considering them as symptoms, or starting points of investigations, rather than concluding that these errors occurred solely due to the operators. Researchers found that the underlying cause for most of these errors is often linked with Human Factor (HF) issues that mainly relate to the shortcomings of designs.

Item Details

Item Type:Magazine Article
Keywords:human factors, human centred design, ship design, maritime designer, education
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Engineering practice
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Teaching and curriculum
Objective Field:Assessment, development and evaluation of curriculum
UTAS Author:Abeysiriwardhane, A (Dr Apsara Abeysiriwardhane)
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
UTAS Author:Styhr Petersen, E (Dr Erik Styhr Petersen)
ID Code:137847
Year Published:2017
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2020-03-06
Last Modified:2020-08-20

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