Nippin Anand Masterclass Series

15/07/2020 08:30am to 10:30am

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The five online workshops will run on Wednesday mornings throughout July.

Learning from Accidents: The Costa Concordia Case

On the 13th January 2012, the luxury passenger ship Costa Concordia collided with rocks and capsized off the island of Giglio in Italy resulting in a loss of 32 lives.

To the media of the day it became a tale of fate, intrigue, heroes and villans.

Why should this story matter to anyone?

Many of us working across safety critical industries are becoming increasingly interested in understanding the role of human factors in aligning safety and well-being with our business objectives. Each day we are being confronted with new ideas, theories and frameworks. A growing body of knowledge is pulling us in different directions:

and so on. With these emerging concepts comes a new vocabulary that is not always easy to understand let alone relate to and put this into practice.

The Costa Concordia case is organised as a comprehensive human story of an accident. The five workshops will immerse you in the emerging concepts in safety sciences and, by the end, you will have accomplished a course in contemporary safety covering a broad syllabus. Throughout the five sessions, there will be ample opportunity to reflect on your experience and relate with the case.


Nippin Anand is a licensed Master Mariner and a social scientist with more than two decades work experience in the maritime, oil and gas sector that spans hands-on operations, academic research, consultancy, and certification and regulation.

He is an internationally recognised specialist in human factors and safety management and his mission is to help people link theory and practice.

Workshop 3

Managing the unexpected

How do people behave in a real-life emergency? What is the role of emergency preparedness and business continuity plans in managing the unexpected? What can we learn from the case of Costa Concordia and apply in a broader sense? We will examine the events during and post-accident to understand the role of plans and procedures. The participants will begin to appreciate the role of procedures and plans in an uncertain world. The issues discussed in this third workshop are becoming increasingly relevant to businesses and society at large in a post-COVID world.


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