Is It a Ship, a Plane, or a WIG?: Novel Craft and Risk Management

As technology enables farther, faster, and more efficientl travel, novel craft such as the wing-in-ground-effect craft (WIG) find their way into the marketplace. As they do, the traditional method of regulating ships must also change so that these craft can be operated in a safe manner equivalent with today's commercial vessel standards. While this may sound simple enough, novel WIG-type craft present a number of unique hazards that are neither covered by current regulations nor even considered by traditional ship designers or engineers. As such, this article discusses the need for care to be taken to ensure that a comprehensive analysis is completed to identify all hazards and manage the risks associated with WIG craft within the framework of risk-based decisionmaking (RBDM). Sections are devoted to preliminary hazard analysis; failure modes, effects analysis, and fault tree analysis; operating hazard analysis; and hazard resolution of new craft.


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 10-13
  • Serial:
    • Proceedings
    • Volume: 64
    • Issue Number: 1
    • ISSN: 1547-9676

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01049841
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 14 2007 3:41PM