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Cardiff conference highlights maritime safety

09 July 2009

Accidents, injuries and the need to focus upon safety at sea were the essential themes of the 2009 Seafarers International Research Centre Symposium at Cardiff University.

The Seafarers International Research Centre (SIRC) Symposium has become a regular event in the maritime calendar. Every two years SIRC researchers take the opportunity to present their latest findings directly to an international audience of shipping industry members.

Learning from accidents and injuries was the strong message from the presentations on the first day of the two day event. Professor Michael Bloor described issues of ‘reporting biases’ in Maritime Administration injury data and called for more systematic data collection. Dr Nick Bailey claimed that awareness of injuries influenced the way those in the industry think about risk, with shipboard workers most notably influenced by personal experience. The topic was picked up again in Captain Mohamed Ghanem's analysis of accident investigations.

Other papers focused upon new and ongoing investigations into Vessel Design, Supply Chains and Health and Safety Management, and Training and Technology. All reports and papers published by SIRC are freely available at the website: .

This year’s event, which finished today (July 9), was sponsored by the Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust (LRET). It saw a wide selection of stakeholders among the large international audience, including representatives of shipping companies, Protection and Indemnity clubs, classification societies, trade unions, and maritime charities.


The Seafarers International Research Centre is part of the School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University.

SIRC was established in 1995 with a view to conducting research on seafarers. The Centre has a particular emphasis on issues of occupational health and safety. It is the only international research facility of its kind and has built up unparalleled experience of research in this field.

School of Social Sciences (

The School of Social Sciences at Cardiff University has an international reputation for excellence in interdisciplinary research and teaching. Their goal is to build on this world-class environment for staff to engage in leading-edge research of international relevance and for students to enjoy an outstanding learning experience. Research is organised around 7 principle themes; Crime and Justice, Culture and Identities, Education and the Knowledge Economy, Globalisation, Work and Labour, Innovations in Social Research, Knowledge, Science and Technology, and Health and Social Welfare. The School is home to several externally funded research centres, each contributing to the development of their respective fields of expertise.

Cardiff University

Cardiff University is recognised in independent government assessments as one of Britain’s leading teaching and research universities and is a member of the Russell Group of the UK’s most research intensive universities. Among its academic staff are two Nobel Laureates, including the winner of the 2007 Nobel Prize for Medicine, Professor Sir Martin Evans. Founded by Royal Charter in 1883, today the University combines impressive modern facilities and a dynamic approach to teaching and research. The University’s breadth of expertise in research and research-led teaching encompasses: the humanities; the natural, physical, health, life and social sciences; engineering and technology; preparation for a wide range of professions; and a longstanding commitment to lifelong learning. Visit the University website at:

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