Defense of doctoral dissertation 17th of June 2016: maritime personnel’s conceptions of safety management
MSc Jouni Lappalainen defends his doctoral thesis in Geography entitled Finnish maritime personnel’s conceptions on safety management and safety culture, on 17th of June at the University of Turku, Tauno Nurmela lecture hall at noon.
The purpose of this thesis was to explore Finnish maritime personnel’s conceptions of safety management and its relationship with the concept of safety culture. In addition,
the aim was to evaluate the impact of the ISM Code (International Safety Management Code) on the prevailing safety culture in the Finnish shipping business.
A total of 94 interviewees and seven Finnish shipping companies were involved in this study. In general, maritime personnel had a positive attitude towards safety management systems, but also criticism was found among the interviewees, especially on the way that the ISM code has been applied in practise. There is also need to improve the co-operation between maritime actors, authorities, and shippinig companies both nationally and internationally.
The opponent is Professor Jens-Uwe Schröder-Hinrichs (World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden) and the Custos Professor Jussi S. Jauhiainen (University of Turku.
Thesis is available in electronic form as well.