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Ethics in Naval Architecture

Ethics are a major concern, both for individual naval architects as well as professional organizations, such as RINA and SNAME. Ships can reach large physical sizes, with complex systems and high capacities of cargo and/or passengers; as such, the compromise of a vessels integrity can lead to massive ecological damage (i.e., Exxon Valdez) or the loss of human life (i.e., RMS Titanic) on a scale generally unknown to some of the other engineering disiplines. Naval architects must be bound by a social contract which is greater in scope than an owners requirement, an employers request, or a regulators requirement: they are bound by a moral requirement to produce fundamentally safe vessels.

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