Just over twelve years ago The Nautical Institute launched its international human element bulletin, Alert! The first issue came out in October 2003, as seafarers were getting to grips with new technology and automation. It was becoming clear that more attention needed to be paid to human-centred design and human factors engineering as well as seafarer training.
Since 2003, there has been a transformation in the industry’s understanding of the human element in ship design, construction, management and operation. The journal Alert! has played its part in that sea change.
Former Lloyd’s Register CEO Richard Sadler noted: ‘Every article in every issue over the years has dealt with the fundamentals of the human factor and increased the awareness of every reader. I am sure we could find evidence that this publication has directly or indirectly saved lives and accidents.’
Alert! #40 is available here.