New book on design safety published by IMarESTPublications // September 14, 2007
The growing technical complexity of large marine and offshore engineering systems, coupled with public concern regarding their safety, has aroused great interest in the development and application of safety assessment procedures. The current trend is to adopt a risk-based approach to meeting health, safety and environmental criteria. In such an approach, risk analysis plays a key role as it identifies hazards, categorises the risk and thus provides decision support concerning the choice of arrangements and measures.
‘Design for Safety of Marine and Offshore Systems’ by Prof Jin Wang of Liverpool John Moores University and Dr Vladimir Trbojevic of Risk Support Ltd, and published by The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) describes typical formal safety analysis methods and their application in the context of marine and offshore engineering systems. The main elements of this book have predominantly been safety analysis techniques and their application to the design stage, operations and finally to decommissioning and removal. In addition, influencing elements have been addressed and captured. These include reliability, maintenance, offshore safety case approach, formal safety assessment, risk-based regime, risk acceptance criteria, decision-making, safety management system and human error. Uncertainties that manifest within risk analyses are highlighted and alternative solutions are also presented.
This book is distinct from others in that it has evolved from a combination of many years’ research and teaching experience from Professor Wang and the extensive industrial experience from Dr Trbojevic. As a result, it has both academic and industrial flavours with particular reference to marine and offshore risk assessment and safety management. Other features of this book are its treatment of bow ties in risk analysis and safety management.
‘Design for Safety of Marine and Offshore Systems’ is beneficial for both the industrial applications and academic research. It serves as a good reference for marine and offshore safety engineers within the industry and by undergraduates (final year) and postgraduates (MSc and PhD) in maritime or risk assessment related subjects. There are several useful sections that briefly introduce the reader to the marine and offshore scenes and set the mood by defining the safety regimes that govern marine and offshore design and operations. For the more advanced reader, the last chapter plunges deep into the root of problems of coping with uncertainty in the available data and risk-based multiple criteria decision making.