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Title: Maritime transportation risk management: policy context and a view on the research field

Abstract: Maritime transportation is a high-risk activity, with accidents having a potential to lead to significant human casualty, severe environmental pollution and disruptive financial losses. The maritime industry and national and international regulators have responded to these risks by establishing extensive risk management mechanisms, focusing e.g. on ship design and operation, search and rescue, or pollution response. An important trend in the regulatory regime is the shift from compliance-based thinking to risk- or goal-based paradigms. This shift presents both opportunities and challenges, while underlining the importance of research and education concerning risk management. As in the broader risk research discipline, much work addressing maritime transportation risk has aimed at generating knowledge about particular risks and at developing tools and approaches for mitigating these. Relatively recently, there are more intense and concerted efforts addressing fu! ndamental questions about risk, e.g. related to concepts, theories and frameworks for analysing, assessing, communicating and managing risk. In this seminar, Dr. Floris Goerlandt will provide a broad introduction to maritime transportation risk management. A brief overview of the maritime transportation regulatory context is given, and the need for research on and practical developments for managing maritime risk is highlighted. Then, a conceptual model for the scientific risk discipline is introduced, distinguishing fundamental and applied risk research. The importance of both these areas for advancing the current state of art in scientific, industry and policy contexts, is discussed. This is approached through outlining some current topics in fundamental and applied risk research where Dr. Goerlandt has prior research experience. Fundamental topics include uncertainty treatment and validation, whereas applied research includes navigational accident analysis, oil spill ris! k management, and search and rescue communication. 


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MA 310, 5269 Morris Street 



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Floris Goerlandt, D.Sc. (Tech.)
Aalto University, Finland

Biography: Floris Goerlandt received his PhD in the area of Marine Technology: Maritime Risk and Safety from the School of Engineering at Aalto University, Finland, in 2015. This built on a foundation of two marine-related Master’s degrees from Ghent University: one in electromechanical engineering, with a track in naval architecture, and the other in maritime sciences, involving law, economics and technical topics related to shipping and ports. Following his doctorate, he has been conducting postdoctoral research at Aalto University in the School of Engineering, and at KU Leuven, Faculty of Economics and Organizational Science, Center for Economics and Corporate Sustainability, Brussels. His research interests are in: (1) Understanding the maritime transportation system and maritime accidents; (2) Maritime risk modeling, including accident and consequence models; (3) Designing methods and systems for risk reduction; and (4) Foundational issues in risk analysis.

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This Seminar is part of a search for Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in “Risk Management and Resource Optimization for Marine Industries” the Department of Industrial Engineering.