A short communication: improving marine safety management system by addressing common safety program failures

Kehinde A. Adesina, Arman Nedjati, Mohammad Yazdi*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Marine safety management system failures usually occur across the maritime sector. Many of these failures have enough potential for the occurrence of serious undesirable events, rare accidents, mishaps, or near misses. Such mentioned events can directly or indirectly cause several serious injuries like loss of human life, serious and immutable environment damage, loss of material and equipment assets and decrease forgot factor as the reputation of the company. This short communication discusses the main principle reasons of marine safety management system’s shortcomings and drawbacks as the ten key essential factors. Most of such mentioned events traced their roots back to the lack of supports and well-understanding of the management system. Impractical expectations, insufficient resources, and inadequate metrics are some of the main reasons for the above-mentioned events. According to accident investigation history, most of the official safety management system audits commonly fail to reveal the reasons why marine safety management systems will not be able to provide its full planned benefits. Based on the UK Continental Shelf incidents and accidents data and floating production storage offloading (FPSO) vessel the number of particular ten key contributors is provided. The outcome can reduce the incidents, increase the quality of production and investor confidence, and considerably improve the production uptime. The opinions presented here are based on the current short communication study and relevant experience of the authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)671-680
Number of pages10
JournalResearch in Marine Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Marine accidents
  • Safety management system
  • Operational discipline
  • FPSO
  • Safety performance


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