Using Human Factors to Ensure Successful Naval Damage Control

As Navies move towards fully automated systems there has never been a more crucial time to consider crew training and the human response to onboard emergencies.

A consequence of moving towards automation is technology becomes increasingly complex. Crews have multiple interfaces with large variations amongst vessels and a lack of integration between technologies. Multiple systems must often be used simultaneously increasing the task on crews.

There is a danger that the focus on automation will be at the expense of training personnel and understanding key drivers of high performance.

For example, a very large proportion of shipping accidents have been attributed to human error. Upon an incident occurring, commanders on the bridge must analyse information from multiple sources and provide operational decisions for reduced crews to carry out under pressure.

Furthermore, personnel can be deployed at sea for long spells with long shifts and few rest days. Crews reducing in size drives efficiencies but reduces support from other crew members whilst facing an increase in duties onboard.

Naval Damage Control will demonstrate to navy leaders how effective training and procedures enable crew to become comfortable with, and successfully solve, on-board situations.

Lieutenant Commander Richard Chambers, Staff Damage Control Officer 1 to FOST (SDCO1), Royal Navy will provide Naval officers with successful strategies and previous examples to refine a crew’s ability for damage control through simulated training.

Lieutenant Commander Chambers will showcase during the meeting how simulated refresher training, including damage control simulators and bridge management training are used by the Royal Navy to improve damage control.

Naval officers will additionally hear from Commander Frank Jeppesen, CO Danish Naval Safety Centre, Royal Danish Navy, who will showcase how their disaster relief operation exercises and cooperation with international partners improves the ability of crews to respond during an emergency.

This will include the advantage of live, scenario-based training exercises, the successes of the annual disaster relief exercise between the Danish and Netherlands Navy and the current collaboration between industry and military to deliver practical and reliable training programmes.

Delegates will also here from consultancy firm Fraser Nash demonstrating the role of human factors in a successful damage control response. Navy leaders will take away practical insights to integrate the human role into system design and key strategies to evaluate teams and processes to identify areas of weakness and potential improvement.

Commanders from nations including; Denmark, Norway, Turkey, Romania, Ireland, Italy, Belgium, New Zealand and Germany have already confirmed their attendance at the fifth Naval Damage Control, taking place 3rd-5th October 2017 in Portsmouth, UK.

With sessions also covering future priorities, training, humanitarian missions, onboard storage, evacuation strategies and much more, download the agenda and register for your free end user pass today.

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