Navigating the Human Factor: A comprehensive study of the tanker industry
Examensarbete för masterexamen
Maritime management (MPMAR), MSc
The Ship Inspection Report Programme (SIRE) has since its launch in 1993, been seen as a voucher for safety and a ticket to trade within the tanker industry. Version two of the program is on its way and will introduce the assessment of human factors. This study has looked into how this transition might affect the onboard crew and if there are facilitators that could ease the transition. This is done through semi-structured interviews and thematic analysis of the responses from industry shore personnel, onboard crew and the two associations INTERTANKO and OCIMF, the latter being the administrator and constructor of the program. The results showed participants mostly being optimistic about the increased safety the new system could bring along. However, shore and onboard personnel also voiced concerns surrounding the added workload, the inspector’s capability, and OCIMFs motives behind some of the administrative requirements. These problems were concluded to mostly derive from inadequate communication and deficient communication channels, which could be improved by increased transparency, which subsequently could decrease rumours and increase the industry support for the new system.
Humans factors, safety, SIRE, inspections, OCIMF, tanker vessels, maritime industry, shipping