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Communicating intended routes in ECDIS: Evaluating technological change


Porathe, T and Lutzhoft, M and Praetorius, G, Communicating intended routes in ECDIS: Evaluating technological change, Accident Analysis and Prevention, 60 pp. 366-370. ISSN 0001-4575 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.aap.2012.12.012


Misunderstanding each other's intentions is one of the most common causes of shipping accidents. By sending out a number of waypoints ahead and displaying them on the Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) a ship's intentions would be clearly visible for other ships. Displaying ships' intentions would be a major change compared to navigation today. It could be very beneficial but it could also have unintended consequences. This paper reports on findings from an evaluation looking for unintended consequences of change using system simulation. During the simulation an unanticipated behavior was observed. Bridge crews started to click and drag waypoints too negotiate crossing situations ahead of time. The behavior could be compared to agreeing over the VHF. However further research is needed to evaluate this new behavior and how it aligns to COLREGS. © 2012 Elsevier Ltd.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:e-Navigation; ECDIS; Electronic charts and display information system; Intended routes; Route exchange; VTS; E-Navigation; ECDIS; Electronic charts; Intended routes; VTS; Information systems; Navigation charts; Ships
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics
Research Field:Automation engineering
Objective Division:Transport
Objective Group:Water transport
Objective Field:Coastal sea freight transport
UTAS Author:Lutzhoft, M (Professor Margareta Lutzhoft)
ID Code:95183
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:9
Deposited By:NC Ports and Shipping
Deposited On:2014-09-26
Last Modified:2017-11-06

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