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Casualty Analysis Methodology for Maritime Operations


The purpose of CASMET is to address Tasks 21 and 36 of the 4th Framework Programme for Waterborne Transport. These Tasks aim at:

-facilitating the development of a common methodology for the investigation of maritime accidents and the reporting of hazardous incidents (Task 21)
-improving the understanding of human elements as related to accidents and account for these aspects in the common methodology (Task 36)

These will be realised through:

- the development of a procedure and methodology for the investigation and analysis of maritime casualties which can be introduced into a common EU casualty database. Factors such as a) management plan for improved quality, b) depth of investigations, c) composition of teams and competence, d) procedures and techniques and related matters will be considered. With regard to the analysis of casualty data the systematic description of a) circumstances, b) events, c) causal factors and d) remedies, will be assessed. Human and organisational error (HOE) will be given special attention. Additional requirements which facilitate the use of databases in order to evaluate the human factor element in the causal chain will be specified.
- the demonstration of the results of the proposed casualty analysis methodology and the evaluation of its impact assessment with selected cases. Attention will be paid to the human factor element in the causal chain. Key factors relating to humans, organisations, technology and job factors will be highlighted.
- the development of a cost-effectiveness model. The risk reduction effect of a preventive measure will be estimated by means of a formal safety assessment technique which is supported by the casualty analysis methodology.

Case studies will be selected from information available in the following locations:
1. Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB), UK
2. Det Norske Veritas databases
3. Dutch Ministry of Transport - Directorate for Maritime Affairs
4. The Greek Ministry of Mercantile Marine
1. BERTRANC - DG VII Concerted Action on Casualty Analysis 2. PHOENIX - DG VII Shared Cost Project concerning Fire accidents on board ships

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