THE IMPACT OF THE INTRODUCTION OF TRACKING RADARS AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC NAVIGATION SYSTEMS ON THE MERCHANT MARINE NAVIGATOR

Recent advances in technology provide the navigator with a greatly increased amount of data, often in a form different from that he is used to. Operational techniques have changed greatly: traditional skills requiring meticulous use of tables and arithmetic have been replaced by equally demanding skills of monitoring and checking computers or computer based equipment. Manufacturers produce equipment of their own design with perhaps not enough consideration given to its use in the total bridge environment. Computer based equipment operates programs the details of which are not known by the navigator so that he is unable to assess the quality of data obtained. These considerations demand a reappraisal of (i) the extent and design of navigation equipment and (ii) the knowledge and training required by the navigator to make the best use of his navigation equipment. This paper examines these considerations, indicates the scope of present investigation and suggests the way forward.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Proceedings Fifth Ship Control Systems Symposium, David W. Taylor Naval Ship Research and Development Center, Annapolis, Maryland, October 30-November 3, 1978, Volume 4.
  • Corporate Authors:

    David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center

    Bethesda, MD  United States  20084
  • Authors:
    • Turner, R J
  • Publication Date: 1978

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  • Pagination: 4 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00187953
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: David Taylor Naval Ship R&D Center
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Proceeding
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM