Ergoship 2016 was held at Intercontinental Melbourne the Rialto in Victoria from 6–7 April 2016.
We jointly hosted the conference with the Australian Maritme College, with the theme of shaping shipping for people. In support of the theme, the conference provided a national and international forum to discuss the application of scientific knowledge to the field of human factors in a maritime context.
Attendees represented ship owners, operators, seafarers, researchers, maritime regulators, classification societies, and other maritime stakeholders. Leading national and international speakers and panel discussions covered a wide range of topics in maritime human factors applied research, including ship and equipment design, shipping operations and research.
The keynote speakers represented a range of human factor research fields. Professor Andrew Neal spoke about the importance of developing a safety culture in the maritime industry. Professor Sally Feguson specialises in fatigue risk management and shared insights about fatigue management in the maritime sector. Dr Jonathan Earthy shared insights about how to practically apply the theoretical research being done on the maritime industry. The final keynote speaker, Dr Erik Styhr Peterson spoke about usability and human-centred design of structure and ship stability.
Discussion panels allowed a wide range of issues to be covered, including the human element in shipping of the future.