This paper discusses the arrangement and use of the CAORF ship maneuvering simulator for research into areas impacting on safety and productivity of the maritime industry. The presentation provides a description of the facilities and broad coverage of the experimental investigations performed over the three years of CAORF operation. During this period, CAORF has been engaged in a wide variety of research programs directed toward commerical shipping applications. Among the investigations discussed are: A series of simulator experiments dealing with the effect of computer-based collision avoidance systems on bridge watch officer performance in potential collision situations in the open sea and in restricted waters. An evaluation of a marine radar interrogator/transponder system as a collision avoidance aid and as a navigation aid to the bridge watch officer. An assessment of the effects of wind speed on the safe docking of LNG carriers. An investigation into the ways experienced mariners interpret the recently revised Rules of the Road in potential collision encounters, and whether their reactions are influenced by training in the rule changes or by the type of ship they are conning. The use of off-line computer simulation to examine the conditions for safe passage of large oil tankers (40K to 400K DWT) through selected straits in the Puget Sound area. The use of the simulator to analyze operational procedures in approaching and leaving new ports such as Valdez, Alaska and a new LNG terminal at Port Arun, Indonesia. The various experiments are grouped in the presentation under such major research areas as "collision avoidance," "advanced bridge systems," and "restricted waterways." The salient results of each of these experiments are highlighted and discussed.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared for the 58th Meeting of the Transportation Research Board, January 1979.
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point

    United States Merchant Marine Academy
    Kings Point, NY  United States  11024
  • Authors:
    • Wheatley, S D
  • Publication Date: 1979-1

Media Info

  • Pagination: 15 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00188711
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Maritime Research Center, Kings Point
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 27 1979 12:00AM