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Identification and Analysis of Vulnerability in Traffic-Intensive Areas of Water Transportation Systems

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School of Transportation, Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan 430063, China
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National Engineering Research Center for Water Transport Safety, Wuhan 430063, China
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Navigation College, ShanDong JiaoTong University, Weihai 264209, China
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School of Business, University of Jinan, Jinan 250022, China
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J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7(6), 174; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse7060174
Received: 28 April 2019 / Revised: 27 May 2019 / Accepted: 29 May 2019 / Published: 2 June 2019
Water transportation accidents have occurred frequently in recent years. In order to improve the emergency response capability of water transportation systems under traffic-intensive conditions, this paper identifies and analyzes the vulnerability in traffic-intensive areas of water transportation systems. Firstly, the vulnerability identification model was constructed based on the analysis of characteristics and the vulnerability-influencing factors of water transportation systems. The newly proposed model is composed of three parts including the DEMATEL (Decision Making Trial and Evaluation Laboratory) method, ISM (interpretative structural modeling) model, and AHP (Analytic Hierarchy Process)–entropy weight method. Finally, a case study of the Yangtze River was conducted to test the logicality and feasibility of the proposed model. The research results reveal that traffic flow density, ship traffic, tides, fog, and bad weather are the key factors affecting the vulnerability of water transportation in traffic-intensive areas of the Yangtze River estuary. However, the influence of navigation aid configuration, berth, anchorage, and obstruction on the system vulnerability is relatively lower. The findings of this study can provide helpful references for maritime administration authorities on the management of water transportation safety. View Full-Text
Keywords: vulnerability; traffic-intensive area; water transportation system; Yangtze River vulnerability; traffic-intensive area; water transportation system; Yangtze River
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Chen, Y.-J.; Liu, Q.; Wan, C.-P.; Li, Q.; Yuan, P.-W. Identification and Analysis of Vulnerability in Traffic-Intensive Areas of Water Transportation Systems. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2019, 7, 174.

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