SEAHORSE Project - Safety Enhancement in transport by Achieving Human Oriented Resilient Shipping Environment
Newsletter Issue 01
August 2014
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Safety Enhancement in transport by Achieving Human Oriented Resilient Shipping Environment

The SEAHORSE consortium welcomes you to join this community focused on cross-linking human factors in the marine and aviation industries. In this first issue of the SEAHORSE newsletter, we would like to outline the scope of the initial research tasks to be conducted as part of this EU-funded research project.

The first two technical work packages focus on building a foundation for the transfer and implementation of safety innovations in the SEAHORSE project

Project Updates

SEAHORSE’s first public workshop; 
Human Factors in Shipping Safety - Can We Learn from the Aviation Industry?” 
is scheduled to be held in London
Wednesday, 12 November 2014.

You can now download the SEAHORSE brochure from our web page;

Progress Meetings

So far, 3 major progress meetings have been successfully held since the project’s kick-off in November 2013 in order to ensure optimum communication and close collaboration within the consortium. The SEAHORSE consortium invites selected advisory board members to join the technical discussion during these meetings.  We would like to express our deepest gratitude to our advisors who provided valuable feedback and assistance over the last few months: Harry Nelson from Airbus, Andreas A. Georgiou from Cyprus Airways, Derek Smith from Hill Robinson and Antonio Chialastri from S.T.A.S.A.

Setting the Scene

Work Package 2: Sector Profiling (Completed)

Objectives: Act as reference and set out the requirements for the subsequent work.
  • Elaborate a state-of-the-art profile for the maritime and aviation sectors featuring key safety issues
  • Provide an analysis of maritime occurrence analyses
  • Perform a gap analysis (with a safety focus) between the maritime and aviation sectors
WP2 has provided a solid human factors foundation for all partners to consult as the project begins its development work. In addition, TCD and the maritime end-user partners specified three operational scenarios which the consortium will use as the focus for the remainder of the project. These scenarios relate to operational situations which present challenges for the sector and which should be resolved by the SEAHORSE solutions.

Planning for next step
This was the first research Work Package to reach conclusion. Work package 3, 4, and 5 will take the outputs of WP2 and use them to inform the feasibility analysis of the identified resilience solutions and the methods for assessing resilience.

Preparing the way

Work Package 3: Scope of transfer and implementation strategy (Ongoing)

Objectives: Identify implementation strategy.
  • Identify and document the aeronautical safety solutions together with the improvements achieved through their application in air transport
  • Define the “Scope of Transfer” through mapping between safety solutions with potential maritime application and the identified marine user needs
  • Analyse the feasibility of the identified technologies and concepts which are to be transferred
  • Develop a “SEAHORSE implementation strategy” in order to adapt the identified (feasible) existing resilience resources to maritime transport
Progress: A database containing the identified aeronautical safety solution has been produced. This database will be used to identify the most promising solutions to be transferred to the maritime sector.

The main WP3 achievement so far has been the identification of more than 100 safety solutions in the aviation industry. Each of these solutions has been analysed by the consortium end-users in order to assess, if not already present in the maritime industry, the potential applicability and the resulting impact of the solution on safety.

Planning for Next Step: The identified aviation solutions will be matched with the maritime needs in order to identify the most promising and feasible solutions to be transferred. A "SEAHORSE implementation strategy" will also be developed in order to facilitate the capability to perform future transfers by interested parties.

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