Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) of Small Vessels

Lay Summary 

This project has focused on assessing how a new risk-based technique called Formal Safety Assessment (FSA) could help improve the safety of small vessels in Canada. Small vessel operation and regulation is quite different from that of large commercial vessels. Training, funding, monitoring and technical research are all very different from the situation with large vessels. The evidence is that small craft can be very risky.

The International Maritime Organization (IMO), has recommended the use of FSA to improve vessel safety. FSA involves a combination of technical risk assessment (a mathematically rigorous analysis), along with meetings and discussions with stakeholders (a less precise activity) to help identify and evaluate potential risk reduction efforts (called risk control options - RCOs). To date the most significant activity has been a workshop that identified several challenges, potential risks and some risk control options. Work is complete.

Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science
Transport Canada, NRC-IOT
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering
Industry Sectors 
Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
Scientific Research and Development Services
Start date 
1 Jan 2004
End date 
31 Dec 2007