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Frustration and task deviation causes accidents at sea

conference contribution
posted on 2023-05-23, 14:22 authored by Rajapakse, A, Gholam Reza EmadGholam Reza Emad, Lutzhoft, M, Grech, M
The surge in the number of maritime accidents in the last decades is the greatest challenge for the maritime industry to address. The majority of investigations on these accidents blame seafarers’ poor performance as the main contributing factor. The international maritime authorities attempts to address the issue by adopting and updating maritime safety regulations and conventions has had limited success. Although accident investigation reports show that seafarers’ task deviation is one of the major causal elements however, there are not many research projectsthat addressthis phenomenon. The finding of our qualitative research in task deviation in the maritime domain, discovered that seafarers’ frustration is a key contributing factor which causes task deviations in maritime accidents.


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Proceedings of the Pacific International Maritime Conference






Australian Maritime College


The Royal Institution of Naval Architects

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Pacific International Maritime Conference

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Sydney, Australia

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Socio-economic Objectives

Coastal sea freight transport; International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas)