SAFEDOR – the implementation of risk-based ship design and approval

Christian Breinholt, Karl-Christian Ehrke, Apostolos Papanikolaou, Pierre C. Sames, Rolf Skjong, Tom Strang, Dracos Vassalos, Thomas Witolla

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The integrated project SAFEDOR has been completed in spring 2009 and this paper summarizes the achievements. SAFEDOR has been focusing work on the development of a risk-based regulatory framework, a risk-based design framework, advanced probabilistic simulation tools and their integration as well as a series of application examples. The paper outlines the elements of the risk-based regulatory framework incl. approval process, risk evaluation criteria, requirements for documentation and key personnel as well as onboard documentation. Novel risk-based simulation tools and their integration into a design environment are discussed. The paper also highlights the innovative ship designs developed within SAFEDOR and points towards possible future applications. Eventually, future research on risk-based approaches is outlined.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)753-764
Number of pages12
JournalProcedia Social and Behavioral Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 14 Jul 2012


  • risk
  • risk-based
  • risk-based design
  • risk-based approval


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