Studies in U.K., Sweden, and U.S. are directed to the minimum crew big ship and this indicates large cost benefit savings. However the problems of realization are complex. With the long voyages such ships may engage in, coupled with quick turnround, the reliability demanded from men, from motive power, automation, electronics and communication can be an order of magnitude greater than demanded in for example the aircraft industry. An order of magnitude improvement in communications would help realization. The advent of satellite systems may enable some needs to be satisfied. However if minimum crew ships which are basically scaled up convention ships may become general then a long term automatic position fixing and reporting system may also be needed. However the urge to exploit the economy of size may well be limited by terminal (port), maintenance, and insurance, constraints and the size of the Panama/Suez canal system. Future minimum crew ships may well be radically different types more analogous to modern aircraft demanding higher standards for communication and position fixing.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Presented at the RTCM Assembly Meeting, St. Petersburg, Fla., April 1-3, 1974, with the Propeller Club of the United States. Vol. 1, Papers A-F, Maritime Electronics. Vol. 2, Papers G-N, Maritime Satellite Systems and Maritime Navigation. Vol. 3, Papers O-T, Maritime Telecommunication Trends. Vol. 4, Papers 0A-0I, Maritime Transponders and Collision Avoidance Systems. Sold as a complete 4 volume set for $15.00.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services

    /Federal Communications Commission
    Washington, DC  United States  20554
  • Authors:
    • Parker, J D
  • Publication Date: 1974-4

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  • Accession Number: 00057075
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Radio Technical Commission for Marine Services
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Symposium Papers E
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1974 12:00AM