Autonomi och ansvar — Människans roll i framtidens sjöfart

Autonomy and responsibility — The human role in the future of shipping

In Swedish and international shipping there is a strong commitment for the development of intelligent transport and communication systems (e.g. MONALISA project). The initiatives deal with the development of partially autonomous technology systems in order to offload the human responsibility and hopefully make shipping safer. Other projects aim to the future of more fully autonomous vessels only controlled from land (e.g. MUNIN project, 2016: 11). The projects are also dealing with the interaction between human and advanced technologies on board and ashore (i.e. Porathe, 2015; Porathe & Billesø, 2015). What is missing at this point of time is systematic research on the organizational development and the human role in future transports. The question is what forms the organization will take in different scenarios. Qualified answers to this are important, not least for the advancement in Swedish maritime training and as a basis for other maritime related planning. This project adopts a broad organizational perspective to analyze the human role in an upcoming and probably revolutionary phase for shipping. The study poses four specific research questions: 1. What shapes may the organization of leadership and operational responsibility take in the future? 2. How may the professional identification and occupational commitment be affected? 3. How will the integration of SCC and other land-based services, such as VTS or pilotage, affect the transport system's ability to resilience? What demands and possibilities will future changes place on the Swedish maritime officer training?