MERCHANT VESSEL BRIDGE LAYOUT
The work recognizes that equipment layout and instrumentation have, in the past, imposed serious limitations on the ships officer in the operation of his vessel. The human factors considerations outlined in the report stress location and type of alarm and monitoring indicators, the proper position of communication elements and consideration of the physical size of the operation bridge. Because the bridge is usually a large area, too often there is the temptation to scatter instrumentation from one end to the other, thus making its use difficult if not impossible. The instrument and the control section of this manual is a very detailed treatment of the subject. For example, the use of pushbuttoms to control bow thrusters, speed and/or engine order telegraph has been tried in the past with questionable resutls. The designer can determine what these limitations were by reviewing this section, making use of the data available. He can see why it is essential that operating controls should not rely on illumination alone but should have a flag or lever or some other physical way for the operator to readily determine its position with relation to its operation. One exception to this work is noted. In the U.S. mode of bridge operation and manning total access to the front windows is highly favored, therefore, the recommendations for consoles against the forward bridge bulkhead might find resistance. However, the rationale for the location of bridge equipment and the recommendation for partial access to the windows should overcome this objection.
Netherlands Maritime InstituteHofplein 19
Rotterdam 3001, Netherlands
- Publication Date: 1980
- Pagination: n.p.
- TRT Terms: Bridge design; Bridges; Bridges (Ships); Control systems; Ergonomics; Human factors engineering; Instrumentation; Ship operations; Structural design
- Old TRIS Terms: Bridge operations; Control systems design
- Subject Areas: Bridges and other structures; Design; Marine Transportation; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00319507
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 8 1980 12:00AM