THE WAY AHEAD

The preceding papers have shown that the development and implementation at sea of more advanced automation has wide-ranging implications in the technical, operational, economic and human fields. This final paper commences with a review of the principal conclusions reached. The technological changes now in progress provide a basis for believing that computing devices in some form will be used to an increasing extent in ship automation in the future. The operational and economic implications are reviewed for each of the main operational areas--bridge, machinery and cargo. A tentative prediction is made of the future pattern of implementation, which looks to the growing use of integrated computer-based automation systems, covering a wide range of applications in the 1980's, accompanied by significant reduction in manning levels. Consequential changes will be needed in crew structure, training and qualifications, for which preparations will need to be made in the 1970's. To ensure that these developments are brought about satisfactorily in the U.K. close co-operation will be needed between the three industries concerned, with Government support, and outline proposals are put forward for a co-operative plan of research and development work.

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  • Pagination: p. 72-102

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  • Accession Number: 00128992
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Royal Institution of Naval Architects, England
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Paper No. 7
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 21 1976 12:00AM