Expansion of the Reporting System Paradigm to the United States Maritime Industry

Although the U.S. has an outstanding aviation safety reporting system, it lacks a similar system for the maritime industry. This paper discusses the creation of a U.S. maritime reporting system, similar to the aviation safety reporting system, designed to alert the industry of safety incidents and prevent accidents. A brief history of aviation safety reporting is provided and the United Kingdom's maritime reporting system is described. Eight recent U.S. maritime accidents that reveal a gap in maritime safety information sharing are analyzed. Previous work completed on a U.S. maritime reporting system is summarized. The impact of terrorism on maritime security is considered. The author concludes that it is essential to develop a reporting system for the commercial maritime industry in order to protect the maritime infrastructure. Previous work in aviation security reporting should be incorporated into a maritime reporting system in order to exploit the synergistic relationships between transportation modes and effectively apply lessons learned from near-miss incidents.


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  • Accession Number: 01145092
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 1 2009 5:20PM