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The context matters: Maritime safety in the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) domain


Praetorius, G and Lutzhoft, M and Bruno, K, The context matters: Maritime safety in the Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) domain, Proceedings of the European Safety and Reliability Annual Conference: Reliability, Risk and Safety: Back to the Future, ESREL 2010, 5-9 September 2010, Rhodes, Greece, pp. 1773-1780. ISBN 9780415604277 (2010) [Refereed Conference Paper]


Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) is a service to the maritime community implemented to promote and improve maritime safety. In recent years VTS has become a topic of increased interest for maritime stakeholders and the general public. To derive insights on how maritime safety is constructed in the VTS domain this exploratory study was conducted. Four VTS centres were visited and 15 VTS operators were interviewed and observed at work. Further a focus group interview with 8 VTS operators with focus on decision support tools in the VTS domain was conducted. The results of the study indicate that VTS operators define maritime safety as context-dependent a condition which is formed by their individual actions. Regulations and guidelines exist, but do not shape the daily work of the operators as much as their own experience and expertise. Safety arises in the interaction between the individual actor and others; it is influenced by contextual aspects, such as traffic density or weather conditions, rather than by what is stated by the regulating organisation. ©2010 Taylor & Francis Group.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:Context dependent; Context matters; Decision support tools; Exploratory studies; Focus groups; General publics; Maritime community; Maritime safety; Traffic densities; Vessel traffic service; Weather conditions; Decision support systems; Reliability
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Transportation, logistics and supply chains not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Water safety
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
ID Code:95201
Year Published:2010
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2014-09-26
Last Modified:2014-09-26

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