Looking for participants for my MSc study

Hi all! I am a maritime lawyer currently completing my dissertation for a MSc in Shipping.

The topic of my study is “wake damage” law in the United States. Wake damage is rare, but it does happen, and I had to deal with a wake damage issue when doing claims for a Greek owner. The US law governing wake damage is unique and has different principles to “ordinary” collision damage.

I would love it if any captains, deck officers or pilots could fill out my survey on wake damage. I am trying to measure how “exposed” vessels are based on the ‘on board’ policies of the deck. Some of the questions are obvious requirements of COLREGS or other international regulations, but other questions are more obscure and the answers will be important.

I have attached the survey below and it should only take 3-5 minutes. I would also appreciate any feedback on the survey. If any of you have any other questions please feel free to ask me anything!

I look forward to analyzing your results and hearing your feedback!


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Man, you have come to the right place, there are lots of folks here that might have some good input, let me take a look and see what this is all about.

Cheers BookMan!

And thanks to all that responded to the survey! It was immensely helpful.

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I completed the survey in case you need more data. Are there any stats on how common major wake incidents are?

Not that I can find. The Coast Guard keeps data on accidents but doesn’t categorize them and the website for searching them is a mess. Furthermore, wake damage incidents are technically considered collisions in the US so they may be categorized as collisions as opposed to wake damage scenarios.

Edit: And there is no such thing as too much data! :slight_smile:

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