Causal Factors of Collisions at Sea.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CALIF
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Twenty-two collisions involving United States naval vessels were analyzed in an attempt to discover the principal causal factors of collisions at sea. Collisions involving tactical evolutions, underway replenishment, and evolutions of seamanship, such as mooring to a pier, were excluded from the study. Several factors including fatigue to the Officer-of-the-Deck and material failure were adjudged not to be significant causal factors in collisions. Various factors including time of day, low visibility conditions, and violations of the Rules of the Road were adjudged to be significant causal factors. A Rules of the Road test administered to 14 former OODs at the Naval Postgraduate School suggests that some naval officers have an insufficient knowledge of the Rules of the Road.
- Marine Engineering
- Safety Engineering
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics