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Volume 25 Issue 4 (December 2017), Pages 195-403

Effect of Human Behaviour in Shipboard Firefighting Decisions: The Case of Fire in Engine Rooms (pages 256-268)

This study highlights the hazards associated with the development of a fire onboard a ship, with respect to the decision‐making alternatives of its captain. In this context, a risk assessment methodology is proposed, using the AHP method, to identify the expected hazards, caused by a fire in the engine room of a ship, as a part of a contingency planning. An analysis of 77 casualties, revealed that ships aged over 15 years and/or designed to carry RO‐RO cargoes, containers, or passengers, have a relatively high frequency of fire events in their engine rooms. Furthermore, the element of time was found to be a factor, which affects the human behaviour of the captain of a ship, as fire growths.

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