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A Dl Course In Risk Based Decision Making For Marine Safety And Environmental Protection Professionals In The Unitied States Coast Guard

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.28.1 - 6.28.7



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Thomas S. Kuhaneck

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Frank Noonan

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A DL Course in Risk-based Decision-Making for Marine Safety and Environmental Protection Professionals in the United States Coast Guard Frank Noonan, LCDR Thomas S. Kuhaneck Worcester Polytechnic Institute/U.S.C.G. R&D Center


This paper explains the motivation for a proposed course design for marine safety and environmental protection professionals in the United States Coast Guard (CG). The course is intended to build competency in risk-based decision-making under a distance learning (DL), continuing education format. The course design is, first and foremost, contextual by working from prototypical representations of the decision-making problems that are encountered within the CG’s Marine Safety Offices. From these representations the concepts, methodology and tools for effective risk-based decision- making are introduced. The result is an integration of material from decision/risk analysis, information technology and stakeholder negotiations. (The views presented in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official view of the United States Coast Guard.)

1. Introduction

The C.G. is charged with the stewardship of marine safety and marine environmental protection for the United States. Although the nation’s marine transportation system operates at a level of safety unparalleled in history, and though environmental protections have never been stronger, the need to operate securely and to have a clean environment grows stronger daily. The possibility of a major accident or pollution incident is increasingly unacceptable, as both the public and its government representatives become less tolerant of risk.

Concurrently, the CG has been required to meet its responsibilities with progressively fewer resources. In response to the call for “doing more with less” the CG has identified the improvement of field level decision making processes as a major strategic objective. Specifically, CG Headquarters has encouraged district and field level commanders to implement more cost-effective decision-making processes which (a) are aligned with national performance goals, (b) are responsive to local conditions and risks, (c) utilize formal analytic risk management tools and (d) effectively engage marine transportation system stakeholders. This strategy has been identified as the acquisition of a core competency in risk-based decision-making (RBDM).

Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright  2001, American Society for Engineering Education

Kuhaneck, T. S., & Noonan, F. (2001, June), A Dl Course In Risk Based Decision Making For Marine Safety And Environmental Protection Professionals In The Unitied States Coast Guard Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 10.18260/1-2--9147

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