COMPUTERS THAT STEER
The equipment on the Cuban ship Sandino takes much of the worry out of the job of the sea captain. The Sandino sails with a pilot on the bridge but the computer-operated navigation system guides the ship into port. It is only a matter of feeding the proper coordinates into the computer and letting it take over. The computer easily follows a programmed route while compensating for wind and ocean currents better than a helmsman could. With computers in both the engine room and bridge, the ship navigates itself at night, while a duty officer mans the bridge. If there's an engine malfunction or if another vessel comes within radar range, an alarm is set off. The advantages of the system include both safety in difficult conditions and reduced steaming time. The engine room requires only one engineer and the computer takes over when he ends his shift.
University Students' CouncilSomerville House, University of Western Ontario
London, ONo, Canada
- Publication Date: 1978-9-12
- Pagination: n.p.
- The Gazette
- Publisher: University Students' Council
- TRT Terms: Automated vehicle control; Automatic pilot; Automatic pilot; Automation; Bridges (Ships); Engine rooms; Information display systems; Navigation computers; Satellite communication
- Old TRIS Terms: Bridge automation; Computer aided navigation; Engine room automation
- Subject Areas: Marine Transportation; Operations and Traffic Management; Vehicles and Equipment;
- Accession Number: 00189432
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Department of Transport, Canada
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Apr 25 1979 12:00AM