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.