What is a Safe System Approach?
The MSP 2026 incorporates the Safe System approach. Safe System is an internationally-recognised and adopted methodology to reduce trauma. It focuses on understanding and countering issues that cause trauma on the water and takes a holistic view of the interacting elements. The elements include safe people, safe vessels and safe waterways.
Safe System is guided by four principles:
- People make mistakes - some boating incidents are inevitable.
- People are vulnerable - human bodies have a limited ability to withstand crash forces, submersion and exposure to weather conditions.
- Safety is a shared responsibility - system designers and the maritime public share responsibility for managing boating incidents.
- All parts of the system must be strengthened - including vessel design, safety equipment, infrastructure, access points, communication and aids to navigation. If one part fails, other parts will still protect the people involved.