Applications and Benefits for the Development of Cartographic 3D Visualization Systems in support of Maritime Safety

Maritime shipping is among the world’s most important industries and is vital to the global economy. With growing levels of traffic, marine accidents pose a danger to the health and lives of ship crews, the environment, and have a strong impact on the profitability of shipping and port operations. This underlines the urgent need for the development of maritime navigation systems whose objectives will be to contribute to a safer sea. There is a need for more efficient electronic charting and radar display systems for use in navigation, traffic monitoring and pilotage. These improve the level of situational awareness of ship navigators, Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) operators and marine pilots. Cartographic 3-dimensional visualization (3D chart) facilitates fast and accurate understanding of navigational situations in ports and at open sea, decreases mental overload, and minimizes fatigue. This supports better decisions for sailors at sea and maritime authorities in charge of traffic monitoring. This leads to a reduction in human error which is the main cause of marine accidents. This paper presents the latest developments and applications of cartographic 3D visualizations (3D charting) in marine navigation, VTS and pilotage.


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  • Accession Number: 01496709
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 1 2013 12:44PM