Each mode of transport has its unique characteristics in terms of e.g. capacity, cost, speed and safety. Maritime transport is characterized by huge capacity at low cost, but is sometimes perceived as unsafe.
Still, there are many benefits in transferring cargo from road to sea both from a capacity and safety stand point. Therefore, the Safer Transport theme focuses on improving the safety of maritime transport, and thereby contributing to making maritime transport increasingly attractive also from a safety perspective.
To enhance safety and security in shipping by proactive use of risk assessment and cost-benefit techniques
Enhance safety and security in shipping by innovation and first principle risk based design
Improve the knowledgebase supporting risk based and probabilistic design
Develop critical technologies to assess operational, extreme, accidental and catastrophic scenarios, accounting for the human element, and integrate these into a design environment
Develop and implement effective procedures for safe, secure and economic operation of ships and for training of personnel onboard
Establish a risk-based rules framework to facilitate first principles approaches to assessing safety
Produce prototype designs for the key European safety-critical vessels to validate the risk based design methodology and demonstrate its practicability