The validation of non-technical behavioural markers for Merchant Navy officers

Katherine Devitt, Simon Holford, Branimir Pantaleev, Davinder Sharma

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Resource Management principles, first established in the aviation industry, have been adapted and adopted for other safety critical applications where the importance of the blend of effective technical and non-technical skills is recognised. The revisions to the STCW Code include requirements for deck and engineering officers to show competence at the operational level in the non-technical skills of Resource Management. These Resource Management competencies do not align fully with other industries? established criteria. The many unique aspects of the international maritime industry make the wholesale adoption of established criteria from another industry inappropriate. The initial stage of this research ? presented at the 4th International Conference on Maritime Human Resource Solutions in 2010 - set out to identify if the broad competence criteria described in the STCW revisions would be consistently interpreted by a range of industry stakeholders, in the context of the behaviours that they would expect to see, hear or experience that would demonstrate compliance with, and evidence competence in, the criteria. To this end, data was collected by purposeful sampling of industry stakeholders and semi-structured interviews undertaken. Effective and ineffective markers were then developed. The second stage of research has now been completed. This paper will report on how these markers were validated for effectiveness and utility in WMA deck and engine simulators, and consider some implementation considerations. These behavioural markers will enable industry to assess the performance of the deck and engine room teams and to improve selection, training and promotion processes and procedures for Merchant Navy officers.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication5th International Conference on Maritime Human Resource Solutions, 26-27th September 2012, St John's, Newfoundland, Canada.
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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