HE01370 - Commercial Pressures versus Safety at Sea: Also a matter of trust

This contribution was prompted by the publication of a recent casualty investigation report where, among other things, commercial pressure was identified as a possible cause of death of a seafarer. Keywords: commercial pressure; casualty investigation; seafarer death; risk

Commercial Pressures versus Safety at Sea: Also a matter of trust.

Carolyn A. E. Graham, Nippon Foundation Research Fellow, Seafarers International Research Centre

 

This contribution was prompted by the publication of a recent casualty investigation report where, among other things, commercial pressure was identified as a possible cause of death of a seafarer. What is interesting is that remedial actions addressed the now conventional route of conducting risk assessment and implementing rules and procedures. While these mechanisms have their place, this contribution argues that they will not address the issue of commercial pressure which is a more pervasive factor and needs an international response involving trust building.

 

Keywords:   commercial pressure; casualty investigation; seafarer death; risk