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A review of human error in marine engine maintenance


Islam, R and Anantharaman, M and Khan, F and Garaniya, V, A review of human error in marine engine maintenance, TransNav, 14, (1) pp. 43-47. ISSN 2083-6473 (2020) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.12716/1001.14.01.04


Maritime safety involves minimizing error in all aspects of the marine system. Human error has received much importance, being responsible for about 80% of the maritime accident worldwide. Currently, more attention has been focused to reduce human error in marine engine maintenance. On-board marine engine maintenance activities are often complex, where seafarers conduct maintenance activities in various marine environmental (i.e. extreme weather, ship motions, noise, and vibration) and operational (i.e. work overload and stress) conditions. These environmental and operational conditions, in combination with generic human error tendencies, results in innumerable forms of error. There are numerous accidents that happened due to the human error during the maintenance activities of a marine engine. The most severe human error results in accidents due to is a loss of life. Moreover, there are other consequences too such as delaying the productivity of marine operations which results in the financial loss. This study reviews methods that are currently available for identifying, reporting and managing human error in marine engine maintenance. As a basis for this discussion, authors provide an overview of approaches for investigating human error, and a description of marine engine maintenance activities and environmental and operational characteristics.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:literature review, human error, maintenance, marine engine
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Marine engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)
UTAS Author:Islam, R (Dr T M Rabiul Islam)
UTAS Author:Anantharaman, M (Dr Mohan Anantharaman)
UTAS Author:Garaniya, V (Associate Professor Vikram Garaniya)
ID Code:138252
Year Published:2020
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2020-03-30
Last Modified:2021-06-07
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