Safety first: The risk of over-reliance on technology in navigation

Modern navigation heavily relies on technology. A modern ship's bridge is a high-tech center with various equipment, such as Radar/ARPA, Automatic Identification System (AIS), Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), Global Positioning System (GPS), satellite communications, and so on. The ability to operate various maritime technologies is among the most important part of navigation officers’ knowhow. However, as any technology can be an error, there will be failure happen on maritime technologies, such as navigational sensors and computer-based bridge systems. As an unsafe behavior, over-reliance on technologies in watch keeping may have disastrous consequences. This article analyzed the relationship between safe navigation of a ship and an increasing reliance placed on technology by master and officers. It identified at which stage a reliance on technology becomes an over-reliance, and the major causes of this, such as insufficient training and fatigue. Finally, it examines the consequences of an over-reliance on technology and makes some proposals on how these consequences can be prevented.

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    • © 2021 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and The University of Tennessee 2021. Abstract reprinted with permission of Taylor & Francis.
  • Authors:
    • Wu, Jianjun
    • Thorne-Large, James
    • Zhang, Pengfei
  • Publication Date: 2022-7


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  • Accession Number: 01851825
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 18 2022 4:50PM