Preventing shipping accidents: Past, present, and future of waterway risk management with Baltic Sea focus

Ketki Kulkarni*, Floris Goerlandt, Jie Li, Osiris Valdez Banda, Pentti Kujala

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Various national maritime authorities and international organizations show strong interest to implement risk management processes to decision making for shipping accident prevention in waterway areas. There is a recurring need for approaches, models, and tools for identifying, analysing, and evaluating risks of shipping accidents, and for strategies for preventively managing these in (inter-)organizational settings. This article presents a comprehensive review of academic work in this research area, aiming to identify patterns, trends, and gaps, serving as a guide for future research and development, with a particular focus on the Baltic Sea Region. To understand the links between research in the Baltic Sea area and the global community, a bibliometric analysis is performed, focusing on identifying dominant narratives and social networks in the research community. Articles from the Baltic Sea area are subsequently analysed more in-depth, addressing issues like the nature of the academic work done, the risk management processes involved, and the underlying accident theories. From the results, patterns in the historical evolution of the research domain are detected, and insights about current trends gained, which are used to identify future avenues for research.

Original languageEnglish
Article number104798
Peer-reviewed scientific journalSafety Science
Publication statusPublished - 09.2020
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article - refereed


  • 222 Other engineering and technologies
  • Accident prevention
  • Baltic Sea Region
  • Bibliometric analysis
  • Maritime risk management
  • Maritime safety


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