SAFEDOR – the implementation of risk-based ship design and approval

Breinholt, Christian and Ehrke, Karl-Christian and Papanikolaou, Apostolos and Sames, Pierre C. and Skjong, Rolf and Strang, Tom and Vassalos, Dracos and Witolla, Thomas (2012) SAFEDOR – the implementation of risk-based ship design and approval. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 48. pp. 753-764. ISSN 1877-0428 (

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The integrated project SAFEDOR has been completed in spring 2009 and this paper summarizes the achievements. SAFEDOR has been focusing work on the development of a risk-based regulatory framework, a risk-based design framework, advanced probabilistic simulation tools and their integration as well as a series of application examples. The paper outlines the elements of the risk-based regulatory framework incl. approval process, risk evaluation criteria, requirements for documentation and key personnel as well as onboard documentation. Novel risk-based simulation tools and their integration into a design environment are discussed. The paper also highlights the innovative ship designs developed within SAFEDOR and points towards possible future applications. Eventually, future research on risk-based approaches is outlined.