In this paper, presented at a R.I.N.A. meeting in Apr. 1979, the Authors indicate ways in which matters discussed by Meek and Ward, and by Hart, in previous R.I.N.A. papers on shipboard accommodation may be developed and complemented. The paper is concerned with the manner in which the design of the accommodation is done (rather than with the design itself) and with changes in the shipping environment which should be taken more fully into account in the design of future living and working spaces. Such changes include the increase in series-production ships, the decline in the number of shipowners with large design-offices, and the shortage of seafaring personnel and consequent efforts to improve shipboard life. These changes in the shipping environment have been accompanied by uncertainty of the importance of accommodation design in the life of the seafarer, and the overall result has tended to prevent the development of anything more than a rudimentary technology for the design of accommodation. Despite the goodwill of those concerned, these factors have hindered much advance from the stage described by Meek and Ward in their 1973 paper. It is concluded inter alia that, to maximise operational efficiency, the living and working spaces of ships should be designed as an integrated socio-technical system reflecting the needs of the seafarer, the operational requirements of the shipowner, and ease of construction for the shipbuilder. If these, and the several associated conclusions, are valid, then a fundamental debate in the coming years should be concerned with the organisational position, occupational structure, and training of naval architects in relation to the needs of shipowners and shipbuilders.

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    • From the Technical Paper (September).
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    Royal Institution of Naval Architects

    10 Upper Belgrave Street
    ,   United States 
  • Authors:
    • Cain, JGD
    • Hatfield, M R
  • Publication Date: 1979-9

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  • Pagination: p. 251
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  • Accession Number: 00308963
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: British Ship Research Association
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1980 12:00AM