This report describes an evaluation of merchant deck officer ship control effectiveness through an investigation of his performance during simulated, restricted-water operations. Of paramount interest were the deck officers radar collision avoidance and overall vessel conning capabilities as a function of ( 1 ) bridge design and equipment arrangement, ( 2 ) type of radar ( true or relative motion ) utilized, ( 3 ) application of computer- generated radar display aids, and ( 4 ) length of time since the deck officers last operation of a marine radar. Advanced conning station design is shown to enhance a single, seated deck officers overall ship control effectiveness. A comparison between radar types for experienced and newly trained radar observers is found to support the hypothesis that target handling capabilities are increased through the use of electronically displayed target labels and true course and speed vectors. It is shown that personnel perform more effectively when utilizing a true motion, North stabilized presentation for combined collision avoidance and channel navigation.

  • Corporate Authors:

    General Dynamics

    Quincy, MA  United States  02169

    Maritime Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Cooper, R B
    • Carey, B G
    • Mara, T D
  • Publication Date: 1970-6

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 184 p.
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 5

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00005955
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: U-417-70-041
  • Contract Numbers: MA-4221
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 25 1973 12:00AM