||Apostolos D. Papanikolaou
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The risk-based ship design discussed in the present book is a new engineering field of growing interest to the industry professionals. Its applications in the maritime industry started in the early 1960s when the concept of probabilistic ship's damage stability was first introduced. In the following, they were widely applied within the offshore sector and are now being adapted and utilized within the ship technology and shipping sector. The main motivation for using of such approach is twofold: implement a novel ship design which is considered safe but - for some formal reason - cannot be approved today and/or rationally optimise an existing design with respect to safety, without compromising on efficiency and performance. This volume derives from the knowledge gained in the course of the project SAFEDOR , an Integrated Project under the sixth framework programme of the EC. The topic of SAFEDOR is risk-based ship design, operation and regulation. Under the coordination of GL, 52 European organizations - representing all stakeholders of the maritime industry - took part in this important R&D project. This book does not aim to be a textbook for postgraduate studies, as contributions to the subject topic are still evolving and some time will be necessary until maturity. However, as the topic of risk-based design, operation and regulation is almost absent from today's universities' curricula, the book aims to contribute to the necessary enhancement of academic curricula to address this important subject to the maritime industry. Therefore, the aim of the book is to provide the readers with an understanding of the fundamentals and details of the integration of risk-based approaches into the ship design process. The book facilitates the transfer of knowledge from the research conducted within the SAFEDOR project to the wider maritime community and nurtures inculcation upon scientific approaches related to the safety of ship and risk-based design.