Safety Assessment in ports
Author C van der Tak, J.H. de Jong
Title Safety Assessment in ports
Conference/Journal 2nd International Harbour Masters Association Congress (IHMA), Professionalism in Ports, United Arab Emirates
Month April
Year 2000

Public safety awareness and the related distribution of responsibilities to local authorities has increased the need for tools to evaluate the total safety in the port environment. The maritime operations determine an essential part of this safety. Traditionally expert opinion completed with simulation studies, either full-mission simulator or fast-time simulations, helped to evaluate the different design or existing port lay-outs and operational measures within a given environment and a given traffic distribution. This is still a viable option for the basic assessment of the feasibility of a design on the operational level but fails to predict the total levels of risk and consequences of measures once the total traffic distribution needs to be evaluated. Over the last two decades additional quantitative safety management assessment tools have been developed who take into account the total vessel traffic image and its related risks in the whole physical port environment and who are capable of evaluating the consequences of measures on a strategic level. More recent developments in the Netherlands and the UK (Port Marine Safety Code) suggest the application of formal safety assessment to ports as a panacee to all strategic safety issues, a promise eventually true if due consideration is given to the ‘devil in the details’.

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