Seafarer personnel selection with Fuzzy AHP

Elidolu G., Uyanık T., Arslanoğlu Y.

5th International Mediterranean Science and Engineering Congress (IMSEC 2020)), Antalya, Turkey, 21 - 23 October 2020, pp.632-636

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Antalya
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.632-636
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


In the maritime industry, personnel selection has an important role in the safe and efficient operation of the vessels. The selection of personnel who are not suitable to work on the ship could cause conflicts between personnel on board and jeopardize the safety of vessel operations. The cause of many operational or navigational troubles and accidents is mostly human error. Qualified seafarers should be employed on board to avoid these situations that pose a major threat to life, property and environmental safety. At this stage, it could be a difficult decision-making process for companies to select personnel effectively. In this study, the selection problem of seafarers to work on tanker ships in an anonymous company is addressed as a case study. It was applied Fuzzy Analytic Hierarchy Process (FAHP) method which is used in multi-criteria decision-making problems with the aim of eliminating uncertainty. Criteria were determined for each of the vacant master, chief officer, junior officer and deck cadet positions, compared and weighted separately. As a result of the calculations, the most suitable candidates to work on tanker ships were selected. It is observed in this study that the FAHP method is functional in dealing with seafarer selection problems in the maritime field.