SAFEDOR project completed

30 Apr 2009

SAFEDOR, the maritime research project on risk-based ship design and approval, has been concluded after four years of intensive study. Representatives from the 53 project partners of all sectors of the maritime industry and guests met recently at the IMO for the final conference. The maritime experts deal with theoretical approaches to risk-based frameworks and risk-based design as well as practical aspects such as systems availability, fire and navigational safety, damage survivability and rescue. In addition to the presentations and discussions various software tools were presented.

Seeing safety treated as an objective rather than a constraint imposed by design rules was the initial goal of the EU-funded research project SAFEDOR (Design, Operation and Regulation for Safety). In the past four years, the project partners discussed and developed possibilities to enhance the safety of ships. At a press conference, achievements of the project and an outlook were presented by the steering committee consisting of Dr Pierre C. Sames (Germanischer Lloyd, Chairman of the SAFEDOR Steering Committee), Karl-Christian Ehrke (SAM Electronics), Rolf Skjong (Det Norske Veritas), Tom Strang (Carnival Corporation & plc), Dracos Vassalos (The Ship Stability Research Centre), Thomas Witolla (Meyer Werft) and Jeppe S. Juhl (Danish Maritime Authority).

Three major achievements have been accomplished:

1. SAFEDOR partners created a framework for risk-based design which is now documented in a handbook for naval architects and marine engineers.

2. The second achievement was the development of an approval process for risk-based ships which is being submitted to IMO.

3. The third pillar of SAFEDOR are applications. A series of innovative ship and system designs were generated that show the practicability of the SAFEDOR approach. To document the current risk level, five formal safety assessment studies for major ship types were conducted and also submitted to IMO.

At the press conference, Dr Pierre C. Sames, Chairman of the SAFEDOR Steering Committee, gave an outlook of further research fields: "We expect that the number of risk-based design and approval applications will continuously grow, that the application of risk-based approaches in rule-making will increase and that the linking with risk-based approaches during operation will increase."

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