Developing a standard methodology for dynamic navigation in the littoral environment
Paper in proceeding, 2011

The safe operation of fast craft within the littoral environment places a high workload on the vessels crew and specifically the navigator, who has to avoid natural features as well as other vessel traffic. This task is subsequently made more difficult by poor weather and sea conditions. Due to the high operational pace and the dynamic nature of transiting the littoral environment, a simple methodology was developed that would be robust in high workload conditions. The model is based on three components; i) the conduct of changes in direction/course, ii) the information required by the coxswain to perform the course change effectively and safely, and iii) the information required by the navigator to plan and direct the course change. This paper will describe the methodology, the concepts behind its development, and how standardised procedures enhance safety, operational effectiveness and interoperability.

decision making



situation assessment


high speed navigation

cognitive processes


Fredrik Forsman

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations

Joakim Dahlman

Chalmers, Shipping and Marine Technology, Division of Maritime Operations

T Dobbins

Royal Institute of Naval Architects, International Conference, Human Factors in Ship Design and operation

Vol. 2011 133-140
978-190504091-9 (ISBN)

Areas of Advance


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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified



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