WMU Journal of Maritime Affairs

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 175–188 | Cite as

Determinants of the damage cost and injury severity of ferry vessel accidents



This study investigates determinants of the property damage cost and injury severity of ferry vessel accidents. Detailed data of individual ferry vessel accidents for the 11-year timeperiod 1991–2001 that were investigated by the U.S. Coast Guard are used to estimate ferry-vessel accident property damage cost and injury severity equations. Tobit regression is used to estimate the former equation and the ordered probit model is used to estimate the latter. Property damage costs include damage costs to the vessel itself, its cargo and contents, and other-property damage (e.g., damage to pier structures and waterfront facilities). Injury severity for a ferry vessel accident is measured as an ordinal variable — no injuries, non-fatal injuries and fatal injuries. Damage cost and injury severity of individual ferry vessel accidents are expressed as functions of the type of vessel accident, vessel characteristics, vessel operation phase, weather/visibility conditions, type of waterway, type of vessel propulsion, type of vessel hull construction and cause of vessel accident. The property damage estimation results suggest that allision, collision and fire ferry vessel accidents incur more vessel property damage cost per vessel gross ton than other types of accidents. The injury severity estimation results suggest that injury severity is greater when the ferry vessel accident is caused by human error as opposed to vessel and environmental factors.

Key words

Ferry Vessel Accidents Property Damage Injury 


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© World Maritime University 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Wayne K. Talley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Di Jin
    • 1
    • 2
  • Hauke Kite-Powell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EconomicsOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA
  2. 2.Marine Policy Center, MS#41Woods Hole Oceanographic InstitutionWoods HoleUSA

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