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Risk evaluation at the preliminary design stage of a high-speed craft

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Birmingham, Jonathan McGregor


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Due to the congestion of the traditional transport infrastructure across Europe, the EU has developed the EU Common Transport Policy. This policy endorses the use of waterborne craft to ease onshore congestion. In addition to this there have been follow-up measures in the form of "short sea shipping" and lately the concept of "quality shipping" has surfaced to allay concerns arising from the standards of shipping. It is with this backdrop that an increase in demand for high-speed craft (HSC) has occurred. This in turn has created new concerns of how the safety of HSC can be assured when there is such a lack of historical data. To deal with these concerns, there has been a call for new design tools and methodologies to be developed that raise the profile of safety issues from the very beginning of the design process. It was with this in mind that funding was granted for an EU project called Safety at Speed (S @ S), the details of which are described in the paper. S @ S is made up of 15 partners spread throughout the EU. The partners come from all areas of the marine industry, including universities, designers/builders, class societies, and operators. The project has been split into six research areas. These are collision and grounding, motions, foundering, containment of damage and fire, integration, and case study. The paper is written from the perspective of the integration work package and describes in detail the driving "vision" behind the project. The perceived structure of the project is examined. The problems that the partners have had to overcome are laid out. These problems have led to an evolution of the interrelationships of work packages. The paper goes on to discuss the use of parameters and how their different forms can be incorporated into the design tool with reference to vast fluctuations in quality of input data. Finally, there is a discussion of how the output results from use of the tool, both for risk and cost, can most usefully be presented.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Birmingham R, McGregor J, Delautre S, Astrugue J-C

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Ship Production

Year: 2004

Volume: 20

Issue: 3

Pages: 183-187

ISSN (print): 8756-1417

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Publisher: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers