COMMUNICATIONS WORKLOAD EVALUATION OF THE PROPOSED VESSEL TRAFFIC SERVICE IN NEW YORK HARBOR. CAORF TECHNICAL REPORT, SIMULATION EXPERIMENT

This report presents the results of Phase I Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) system experimentation at CAORF (Computer Aided Operations Facility, Kings Point, New York). VTS systems are designed to manage and monitor ship traffic while providing vessels in the area with continuously updated traffic information. This study investigated the communications workload experienced by pilots under the proposed New York VTS. Test runs were made with VTS activation, visibility, and communications breakdowns as variables. Limited visibility was found to be the most significant factor in generating a high level of radio use, with VTS activation also contributing to increased radio activity. Test pilots, in post run debriefings, generally felt that VTS communications were useful and not overly distracting or high in density. Suggestions for improving the VTS system were made, including recommendations that the number of Traffic Advisories be reduced and that precise vessel positioning information be received directly from the vessel in question rather than from the VTS Control Center.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point

    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    Kings Point, NY  USA  11024

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590
  • Authors:
    • Nieri, D
  • Publication Date: 1980-7

Media Info

  • Pagination: 68 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323328
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAORF 42-7909-01 Tech Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 6 1981 12:00AM