Shore-based pilotage: Pilot or autopilot? Piloting as a control problem
Journal article, 2009

Remote, or shore-based, pilotage is an issue of some interest to the maritime community. When discussed, it is often in the context of new technology that in one way or the other is supposed to enhance piloting and enable ships to be piloted from the shore. This paper takes a different approach and instead looks at piloting as control of a complex system. Such an approach makes it possible to identify a fundamental problem with remote pilotage. The problem, along with possible solutions, is presented and discussed.


Margareta Lützhöft

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations

Karl Bruno

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology

Journal of Navigation

0373-4633 (ISSN) 1469-7785 (eISSN)

Vol. 62 3 427-437

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)



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