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Autonomous merchant vessels: examination of factors that impact the effective implementation of unmanned ships


Hogg, TL and Ghosh, S, Autonomous merchant vessels: examination of factors that impact the effective implementation of unmanned ships, Australian Journal of Maritime & Ocean Affairs, 8, (3) pp. 206-222. ISSN 1836-6503 (2016) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/18366503.2016.1229244


Research in the design and development of fully autonomous and unmanned merchant vessels has revealed positive results and expected benefits that support their likely implementation on the high seas in the near future. The benefits mainly derive from the removal of the human element which may reduce associated errors; and provide financial savings on crew salaries and omission of crew accommodation. However, even though the technical concepts for unmanned vessel operation are well established, studies on human interaction with the systems are not as prevalent. This paper highlights the regulatory, legal, safety, human/technology interface and societal concerns posed to the operation of unmanned vessels. This paper argues that the belief in complete reliability and trustworthiness of fully automated ships is unrealistic, and in doing so, questions its commercial viability. This paper concludes that the maritime and seafaring industry require further evidence of the validation of the technology before the long-term effects of fully automated vessels can be equated.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:unmanned ships, seafarer, automation, maritime safety, human-technology interface
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Maritime engineering not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Economic Framework
Objective Group:International trade policy
Objective Field:International trade policy not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Hogg, TL (Miss Trudi Hogg)
UTAS Author:Ghosh, S (Dr Samrat Ghosh)
ID Code:111408
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2016-09-12
Last Modified:2017-10-19
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