Effect of noise on human performance on board ships

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Most shipping accidents can be attributed to human error and one of the main influences on the crews' performance and reliability is the environmental conditions on board such as vibrations, ship motions temperature etc. Noise from the engines and machinery is one of the key environmental conditions which have been identified as a major factor effecting human operations on-board. Therefore this paper, through careful research and the utilisation of an experimental case study, will firstly demonstrate and examine noise exposure assessments of vessels in operation, introduce an innovative ship simulator noise exposure experiment and finally analyse the results and feedback in order to determine the effects that noise exposure has on crew performance and well being on board ships. By conducting this research it is envisaged that a relationship can be derived between noise exposure and crew performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman factors in ship design and operation
Subtitle of host publication16-17 November 2011, London, UK
PublisherRoyal Institution of Naval Architects
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9781905040919
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventInternational Conference on Human Factors in Ship Design and Operation - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 16 Nov 201117 Nov 2011


ConferenceInternational Conference on Human Factors in Ship Design and Operation
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • human performance
  • noise
  • ships


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