Collision between Xing Guang No.7 and Neo Blue which happened in front of the Incheon lock gate indicates that Korean coastal water is classified as dangerous area due to heavy traffic in confined waters. This may lead to severe accident such as collision, grounding, sinking and environmental pollution.
According to the Marine Traffic Safety Law, revised in 2009, Marine Traffic Safety Diagnosis System is introduced to secure the safe navigation, prevent the marine accident and to maximize the efficiency of the port. The diagnosis system aims to investigate, measure and evaluate the effect of the various development project such as the construction of bridge and/or piers, etc. and to reflect the diagnostic results for the safe navigation.
In the process of this system, the most important part is the marine traffic safety assessment, and evaluation model is required in order to implement the assessment.
However, the evaluation model used in Korea is highly limited, and these models are made in foreign countries such as Japan. There are some problems to apply these models to Korean coastal waters. So the development of the proper evaluation model for Korea is required as early as possible.
The purpose of this research is implementing marine traffic assessment of Korean coastal waters by using ES(Environmental Stress) model which is formal assessment model for marine traffic flow simulation in the Diagnosis System and IWRAP(IALA Waterway Risk Assessment Program) recommended by IALA, and analyze the results for the basic reference to develop independent evaluation model.