An experimental simulation study of advanced decision support system for ship navigation
Journal article, 2009

A bridge with an integrated navigation system is compared to a less advanced conventionally equipped bridge in a full mission ship simulator to assess the extent to which fairway navigation benefits from information aids. Realistic scenarios were constructed including several demanding situations when navigating in a fairway. Twenty-two teams each consisting of two members with varying experience as Master Mariners and navigating officers participated in a repeated-measures design. Workload, performance and affective responses were measured. No statistical differences between the bridges were found on any of the dependent measures. The results imply that other factors than the available technology account for the observed differences across teams. A tendency was observed that experienced navigation officers performed better on the conventional bridge than the technically advanced bridge, whilst the opposite was true for less experienced navigation officers. © 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Robert Nilsson

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology

Tommy Gärling

University of Gothenburg

Margareta Lützhöft

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations, Ship Work Environment and Safety

Transportation Research Part F: Traffic Psychology and Behaviour

1369-8478 (ISSN)

Vol. 12 3 188-197

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics



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