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Paper Title: Assessing the Determinants of Safety Culture in the Maritime Industry



D Andrei, Curtin University, Australia

M R Grech, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Australia

M Griffin, Curtin University, Australia

A Neal, University of Queensland, Australia


This paper presents the study approach, findings and the way forward of an Australian Linkage Council funded collaborative research project. The research was conducted by a group of researchers from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Curtin University and the University of Queensland, focusing on safety culture. More than 1,000 seafarers from 197 ships comprising 23 flag States were surveyed. The survey assessed safety culture, work demands, fatigue, mental health, and well-being and safety performance. Results show that although safety culture was viewed positively, a number of risk factors were also reported that could have a negative influence on safety. For example, the data indicates that work demands are high and negatively impact seafarers’ recovery and long term wellbeing. Similarly, the negative types of safety compliance behaviours reported by participants are an indicator of reduced levels of safety culture. The findings are being used to implement a set of recommendations to improve safety on board ships. The recommendations center on a) improving the quality of work procedures; b) introduction of effective fatigue management systems; and c) improving the quality of work design and organisational support. The findings of this study have been presented at a range of industry forums, briefings, and at the International Maritime Organization.



Transactions RINA, Vol 162, Part A4, International Journal Maritime Engineering, Oct - Dec 2020 

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DOI No: 10.3940/rina.ijme.2020.a4.620

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