Could Improved Training Help Lower Accident Rates?
DNV GL, the world’s largest ship and offshore classification society, has declared the dire need for a massive reduction in the number of accidents occurring throughout the shipping industry.
Tor Svensen, president of DNV Maritime and Oil & Gas, announced that a trend which had been improving is now showing signs of decline, as the number of accidents climbs. “Crew fatalities are ten times higher than land-based best practice,” stated Svensen. “We do not have a global system where we can learn from accidents.”
Svensen downplayed the idea of unmanned ships as a way to avoid human error, indicating that people would always be necessary in maintaining shipboard systems, as well as for making decisions. In fact, Svensen pointed out that improved ship-to-shore communication would result in better decision making by crewmembers.
Svensen further added that although it was possible that in the future, ships could be operated by a “skeleton crew,” he argued that a more accurate description would be “fewer people, better trained.” DNV GL hopes to see a 90 percent reduction in maritime deaths over the next 35 years.
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