New article by Ådland and Jia

3 February 2021 11:05

New article by Ådland and Jia

The article "The value of meteorological data in marine risk assessment" has been published in Reliability Engineering & System Safety.

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Ådland, Roar Os, Haiying Jia, Tønnes Lode, and Jørgen Skontorp: The value of meteorological data in marine risk assessment, Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 2021, 209, 107480, Online 27.01.2021.

Tønnes Lode and Jørgen Skontorp are former master students at NHH (BAN profile).


The objective of this paper is to investigate whether the use of meteorological data improves the prediction of marine incidents, as represented by marine insurance claims for a vessel's voyage, both on a stand-alone basis and when combined with vessel-specific features and ship tracking data from the Automated Identification System (AIS).

Furthermore, the paper investigates whether predictive performance improves when using machine learning algorithms, such as logistic LASSO regression and eXtreme Gradient Boosted Trees over classical logistic models, and identify dependencies and interaction effects among the risk factors within the SHapley Additive exPlanations framework. The data sample includes weather and AIS data for 42,000 voyages in the North Pacific between January 2013 and August 2019.

The results suggest that meteorological information adds value in claims prediction and that short-term complex interactions between the vessel and weather conditions impact marine risk. The research is important for the improved modelling of marine risk on the basis of high-frequency, high-resolution ship tracking and weather data.