Date of Award
Master of Science in Maritime Affairs
Maritime Education & Training
Muirhead, Peter M.
This dissertation is a study of an advanced ship, focusing on the training needs for a navigation officer by taking into consideration technological advances, operational factors and human factors. A short overview is given of current and future trends, and developments in modem technology in shipping including an advanced bridge in the form of an integrated bridge system. The role of the navigator, bridge operational procedures and conditions, and training needs are examined, taking into account manning and technological change that have taken place. The required knowledge, skills and attitude for an operator of advanced ships are identified. The importance of Bridge Resource Management training is also discussed. The factors influencing the operation of the advanced ship under the concept of oneman bridge operations are investigated. The results are evaluated to further improve the safe and efficient operation of an advanced ship. Proposals and recommendations are made to improve the training programmes, technology and operations for advanced ships and to update the navigation training programme at the Merchant Marine Training Centre (MMTC). A number of recommendations are also made concerning the need for further study and investigation in the subject.