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Human Error Assessment and Management in Port Operations using Fuzzy AHP

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Human error makes a significant contribution to marine accidents. There has been a growing commitment to attempt to tackle this problem. In this study, following a brief discussion of Human Reliability Assessment (HRA), a new method of human error assessment and management using fuzzy set theory and analytical hierarchy process is proposed. In assessing the human error risk using the proposed method, the steps in each mission are compared to each other in terms of the likelihood, failure consequence probability, and severity criteria to determine the relative importance and overall risk priority. The method is demonstrated using a test case of an oil cargo handling process in port, and is effective in avoiding the criticism raised when using traditional HRA techniques as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the risk control options (RCOs) identified.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2006-03-01

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  • The Marine Technology Society Journal is the flagship publication of the Marine Technology Society. It publishes the highest caliber, peer-reviewed papers on subjects of interest to the society: marine technology, ocean science, marine policy and education. The Journal is dedicated to publishing timely special issues on emerging ocean community concerns while also showcasing general interest and student-authored works.
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