Maritime Safety and Assessment
QinetiQ can ensure that marine projects are compliant with safety and environmental legislation and standards. We put in place a robust safety management plan and process for the project, and work to construct a safety case provides a compelling, comprehensible, and valid case, with sufficient evidence, that a system is safe for a given application in a given environment.
Our safety professionals often perform the Independent Safety Advisor role for clients; auditing plans, process and safety cases to ensure that these are adequate, appropriate and are being implemented as documented.
QinetiQ are part of international expert groups who determine the intact and damaged dynamic stability criteria for naval vessels. To develop such criteria, the group evaluate in-service and new ship designs, in moderate to extreme seas, in terms of their relative safety and probability of capsize. This ensures that new vessels are as safe as possible, whilst avoiding high build and life-cycle costs associated with over-engineering.
Operator input is highly influential in determining the vessel performance and safety levels. QinetiQ can assist novice operators to benefit from the knowledge of engineers and experienced operators through the operational guidance and training tools which we have developed.
We consider safety in as holistic a manner as is possible, right from the start of a vessel design we seek to ensure that the safety goals for the vessel and the system in which it operates are defined and understood. This enables us to ensure that the design not only meets the regulatory safety requirements, but identifies the numbers and skillset of the crew and whether this matches with the skillset of existing similar crews, and considers the operational aspects of the vessel, and how the crew, the operator and the owner interact and work together to formulate how the vessel does its job. These are aspects which are not always captured in a traditional hazard analysis, but these interactions between the management, the crew and the vessel itself, are significant in understanding the safety culture enveloping the ship. This holistic approach can be applied through life, and applied not just to ships, but to any operational system where people interact with complex engineered products.