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Safety culture in the maritime industry

Working on a vessel can be extremely high-risk, with seafarers reportedly up to 27.8 times more likely to suffer work-related fatal injuries compared to the general shore-based workforce.

A recent study has uncovered new insights into seafarer safety and wellbeing by examining the influence of organisational safety culture.

The study—conducted by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the University of Queensland, and the University of Western Australia—surveyed 1,026 seafarers, representing ships and crew of the 23 flag States regularly coming into Australian ports.

The findings of the study fell into seven key areas, often inter-relating.

  • Safety culture
  • Work demands
  • Fatigue and sleep
  • Organisational priorities
  • Mental health
  • Wellbeing
  • Safety behaviours.

Following on from the learnings of the study, it has been recommended that seafarer safety and wellbeing on board ships be improved by improving work rules and procedures, the implementation of effective fatigue risk management systems into safety management systems, and by increasing the level of support seafarers receive while on board.

Read the full report on the AMSA website.

Last updated: 04 Apr 2018