AN AUTOMATED STANDARDIZED BRIDGE DESIGN FOR THE U.S. MERCHANT MARINE--VOLUME I--EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The report is an executive summary of Phase I of a MarAd sponsored study devoted to the development of a Standardized Bridge. An initial objective was to establish the relative advantages of bridges equipped with automated collision avoidance displays (CAS) over traditionally equipped bridges in order to determine the worth of their incorporation in a standardized design. At-sea data were collected on a balanced sample of ships equipped with CAS and those traditionally equipped. Results showed a doubling of: safe passing distances (1 NM versus 1/2 NM); threat detection ranges (7 NM versus 4 NM); and range at maneuver (4 1/2 NM versus 2 NM); all in favor of the CAS systems. Decreased workloads were also found, allowing more time for decision making. Design data were developed for a Standardized Bridge based on additional at-sea data. These data suggest a central console design for a single seated or standing deck officer with options for dual officer manning. Required advanced development of navigation displays was documented for inclusion in the standardized design.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Eclectech Associates, Incorporated

    Post Office Box 178, Route 2, Technology Park
    North Stonington, CT  USA  06359
  • Authors:
    • Bertsche, W R
    • Pesche, A J
  • Publication Date: 1977-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 29 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00179399
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: EAG-76-38006
  • Contract Numbers: MA-6-38006
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1978 12:00AM