This study consists of an investigation of the point at which ships' masters make decisions to avoid collisions, with regard to the time and distance separation from the other ship. The objective of the study is to find out what factors influence them to make their decisions to manoeuvre at this point rather than at any other; this involves the examination of various factors which could be relevant to the decision-making process, such as the speeds of the two ships, the relative bearing of the other ship, and the length of sea experience of the navigator. Several computer simulation models for marine traffic systems have been built but various subjective assumptions have had to be made about the criteria on which a decision to make a collision avoidance manoeuvre is based. This study represents the first systematic investigation of the statistical relationships among the factors affecting these criteria.

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    Royal Institute of Navigation

    Royal Geographical Society, 1 Kensington Gore
    London SW7,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Holmes, J D
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

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  • Accession Number: 00315029
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 27 1980 12:00AM