Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime and Naval Science and Engineering

Too much self confidence - a high contributing human factor in maritime accidents
Lecturer Ph.D. ALINA LUCIA BOSTINA Department of Navigation Constantza Maritime University Mircea cel Batrin street no.104 ROMANIA
Abstract: - Is definitely good to have your knowledge. Ideally you can successfully apply experience gained over time correlated with good theoretical background knowledge. But sometimes, factors involved third parties which you can remove their own theories. A second, a decision can change everything: credibility, career and sometimes even life. Incorrect attitudes are suspected to have contributed to many of the major accidents. Key-Words: attitude, decision, limited conditions, human error, collision

1. Introduction
Various statistics show, in shipping, when vessel comes to grounding, 71% of accident is caused by management errors, and only 10% of lack of skills.

What is an attitude ? What is a behaviour ? Are these terms representing the same thing? Of course not. Attitude: It is a way of thinking about somebody or something. Behaviour: Your behaviour towards somebody or something depends on your attitudes.

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A decision making and action in a certain situation depends on attitude. Incorrect attitudes can lead to a wrong decision making and consequently occurrence of accidents.

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Fig.1 Trends in attributed accident causes (by The Swedish Club) Fig.2 Negative attitude = negative &hazardous thoughts

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ISBN: 978-960-474-222-6

” Titanic sinking The master was one of the best and experienced of those years. Such experiences old and current About “Titanic” have been written a lot. 2 x 22 t). . …I never saw a wreck. ISSN: 1792-4707 101 ISBN: 978-960-474-222-6 . J.6 meters deepest draft. 2. I have never been in a predicament that threatened to end in disaster of any sort.Moderate visibility. but I have never been in an accident worth speaking of. Captain E. collided with a assisting tug and a bulk carrier alongside. .. RMS Titanic sank with a loss of 1500 lives. E. slight snowing. Back to our days On March 08th 2010 in Port of Constanta Sud Agigea a Very Large Container Ship (VLCS) in lenght of 299 meters during her departure maneuver. Smith in 1907: “Of course there have been winter gales and storms and fog and the like in the forty years I have been on the seas. J. Smith.. owned by British shipping company White Star Line. I have never been wrecked. He also received warnings from other vessel about presence of icebergs. on April 14th 1912. I can do it! Do something quickly … to get the Blue Ribbon”.Narrow turning area (400 meters). Do we know exactly why did occur this accident? What was the main factor? See bellow a statement from a presentation by E..Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime and Naval Science and Engineering To improve safety it is needed to take into account the Human factor.NE’ly wind 35 kts in squall. Contributing Human factors in accidents: • • • • • • • • • • • Lack of communication Excess fatigue Too much self confidence Lack of motivation/ money Loss of situation awareness Lack of teamwork Not challenged decisions/ mistakes Not complying with rules Complacency Risk assessment Leadership And five years later. He knew the danger of sailing area. the Olympic Class passenger liner.Smith - 12.J. . Too much self confidence on this? An incorrect attitude? May be he thought: “It won’t happen to me. The conditions at the sailing time were the following: . …one of which was the Master. .3 tugs used for maneuvring (approx.Shallow waters in the basin (less than 5 meters Under Keel Clearance). Obviously it seems so! Sometimes the best people make the worst mistakes. Cpt.. bollard pull: 1 x 30 t. In all my years at sea I have seen but one vessel in distress.

4 Container ship Shallow Water – effect experienced when Under Keel Clearance (UKC) is less then the draft itself.119 t 40 knots . has the following approximate overall dimensions and area of windage: To hold this ship steady with a beam wind of 30 knots would require. it is now possible to take a closer look at a movement involving several tugs.4. Example: Wind speed = 30 knots Wind speed in metres per second (V): knots/2 = 30/2 = 15 m/s Wind force in Tonnes per 1000 sq. Pivot Point is pushed aft.Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime and Naval Science and Engineering 3. Interaction of the effects Effect of wind force on maneuvering self explanatory in the bellow drawing: Length 280 m. m: V2/18 = 2 15 /18 = 225/18 =12. for example. rudder/steering lever is reduced. However. in establishing the wind limits for certain vessels. Total Area = (280x25) = 7000 sq metres If we know the predicted wind speed for the intended movement it is now possible to establish a rough idea as to the force in tonnes that the ship is likely to experience. Ship lists to the side opposite of the rudder.156 t With an approximate knowledge of the wind force and knowing the type and size of tugs to be used. plus the length and height of the superstructure. The container ship in fig. Pivot Point is pushed forward if wind blows from fwd sector and is pushed aft if the wind blows abaft the beam. experience the following increases in wind force if the wind gusts to: • • 35 knots .m Total Wind Force 12. Fig. This particular ship would. a combination of tugs that offer a total bollard pull of at least 88 tonnes. This can help. it is possible to calculate roughly how many square metres of area the ship is presenting to a beam wind. sinks at that side (draft increase!) Tug Bollard Pull versus Wind Force It is important to have a broad idea as to what wind force in tonnes is being exerted upon the ship. Turn sometimes 2 times larger than in deep water! Rudder Force is less effective. or squall. for example. thereby placing considerable strain on the tug's wires.3 Effect of wind force Magnitude and direction of the wind force depends on the relative wind direction. Freeboard 25 m. at the very least. in comparison to the total bollard pull which is available from the tugs. including any deck cargo such as containers. may take the wind force well beyond that of the tugs. for example. it must also be remembered that the wind force varies as the square of the wind speed. With an approximate knowledge of the ship's length overall and freeboard.5t/sq. The master experienced and well trained in shiphandling simulator decided to un-berth the vessel knowing all the existing conditions: weather and basin ISSN: 1792-4707 102 ISBN: 978-960-474-222-6 . and a gusty wind.5 x 7 = 88 tonnes Fig.

services & management. The bollard pull of the tugs were not enough to hold the vessel in the basin and she drifted southerly. Could this accident be prevented? It was a cumulative of factors: weather conditions.Ship-Handling Training Course 2009 – ENMM Simulator. 6 b Collision of vessels 4. ports limits.Maritime Resource Management 2009 – The Swedish Club. [3] http://www. but what was the main factor? For sure it was a wrong decision of the Master. [4] -Own sources Fig.6 a Collision of vessels ISSN: 1792-4707 103 ISBN: 978-960-474-222-6 . hitting one vessel alongside and colliding with one of the tug. infrastructure. In the bellow drawing sequences of ship’s manoeuvre. I can do it! Do something quickly … to maintain the ship’s schedule” Obviously it seems so! References: [1] *** . He should hold the vessel alongside and wait until the weather conditions are proper for safe maneuvring. Conclusion Fig. Why a wrong decision making? An incorrect attitude? Too much self confidence? May be the Master thought: “It won’t happen to me.5 Ship’s manoeuvre The shallow water and the pivot point pushed forward due the strong wind made very difficult to turn safe the vessel requiring more time and more space of stern.shipsandoil. [2] *** .Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Maritime and Naval Science and Engineering limits.

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