The complete cycle of shipboard operations, from voyage planning through navigation, ship handling, machinery operation, mooring to cargo handling has been reviewed for a wide range of ship types. This paper discusses those functions which are considered potentially suitable for automation using computer techniques. The requirements of each application are considered and the potential benefits are stated in operational terms; the latter are quantified wherever possible. Benefits accrue from various sources including savings in voyage time and distance sailed, which lead to greater ship utilization and hence increased revenue, or savings in fuel consumed. They may also accure from improved safety, and the quantification of safety benefits is discussed in an appendix. The effects on crew work load and manning levels are also considered and conversely the effects of future changes in man-power availability on the need to provide a greater degree of automation. The paper also discusses the possible effects of current and proposed legislation on the potential for employing more advanced automation systems, and the general attitudes of statutory authorities and seafarers' organisations to such developments.

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 27-41

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  • Accession Number: 00128988
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Royal Institution of Naval Architects, England
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 21 1976 12:00AM