Research and consulting for the Maritime industry

We support maritime industries in integrating Human Factors and improving operational standards for greater safety and efficiency.


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Human and Organizational Factors for Maritime Safety

The maritime and shipping industries are investing considerable resources in integrating Human Factors for safety management and improving standardization worldwide. With over 20 years of experience in integrating Human Factors in transportation, Deep Blue is working with the European Community, the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA), the Fincantieri Italian Ship Research Centre (CETENA), and a number of universities carrying out research in this sector, to transfer the experience and practices established in the Aviation and ATM sectors to the Maritime sector.


SAFEMODE: more synergy between sky and sea

We are coordinating the SAFEMODE project, funded by the European Union with over 10 million euros within the Horizon 2020 framework program. SAFEMODE aims at:

  • improving the assessment of the role played by Human Factors in accidents and near misses;
  • defining standard methods and tools for the human-centred design of new systems and procedures;
  • analysing past accident events and conducting case studies for new technologies and operations.

The case studies focus on known and emerging risks such as increasing levels of automation and remote operations (unmanned and remotely guided ships). We collected, analysed and structured safety data in an Open Data Repository called SHIELD, available to researchers and interested stakeholders. The methods and tools are accessible through the eHURID web system. We have also set up SeaBrary, a wiki product, with the aim of building the main web source for knowledge on Human Factors in maritime safety.

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