WIT Press

Ergonomic Ship Bridge Design Supports Minimum Manning

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/MT010061

Volume

53

Pages

10

Published

2001

Size

1,348 kb

Author(s)

P. A. J. Punte and W. M. Post

Abstract

Ergonomic ship bridge design supports minimum manning P.A.J. Punte, W.M. Post TNO Human Factors, The Netherlands Abstract The Royal Netherlands Navy is designing a new hydrographic survey vessel to replace the currently used vessels. A key issue concerning the design is the question whether a task extension of the Officer of the Watch could be achieved, reducing the required manning. A task analysis has been carried out to investigate the possibility of the proposed task extension of the Officer of the Watch. Using results of existing research projects of TNO, we were able to predict whether the task extension was possible, and what design consequences had to be made to ensure safety and to overcome too high mental workload. These design consequences concerned the bridge design and instruments, as well as the organisation of the tasks. The ship bridge has been designed based on the existing models of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The design meets the consequences of the ta

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