While other U.S. Coast Guard divisions have responsibility for specific aspects of ship design and construction (such as stability, mechanical and electrical systems, fire safety, lifesaving, etc), the Human Element and Ship Design division has responsibility for overall design and integration issues.
As such, we are generally accountable for issues that cross these disciplines, particularly for novel ships and offshore units and other non-mature aspects of maritime and offshore design and engineering. Examples include floating offshore installations and dynamic positioning of offshore vessels.
We are responsible for coordination and integration of traditional ship design disciplines, recognizing their unique design and/or operational aspects. We also participate at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) on formal safety assessments and goal based standards.
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