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At least as safe as manned shipping? Autonomous shipping, safety and “human error”

At least as safe as manned shipping? Autonomous shipping, safety and “human error”

Category
Part of a book/report
Abstract
A paradigm shift is presently underway in the shipping industry promising safer, greener and more efficient ship traffic with unmanned, autonomous vessels. In this article, we will look at some of these promises. The expression “autonomous” and “unmanned” are often used interchangeably. We will therefore start out by suggesting a taxonomy of automation and manning of these ships. We will then go on examining the promise of safety. An hypotheses of increased safety is often brought forward and we know from various studies that the number of maritime accidents that involves what is called “human error” ranges from some 70–90 percent. If we replace the human with automation, can we then reduce the number of accidents? And is there a potential for new types of accidents to appear? Risk assessment will be a valuable tool, but will only reach as long as to the “known unknowns”.
Client
  • Norges forskningsråd / 267860
Language
English
Author(s)
Affiliation
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • SINTEF Ocean / Energi og transport
  • SINTEF Digital / Software Engineering, Safety and Security
Year
2018
Publisher
CRC Press
Book
Safety and Reliability – Safe Societies in a Changing World. Proceedings of ESREL 2018, June 17-21, 2018, Trondheim, Norway
ISBN
9781351174657
Page(s)
417 - 425