I. M. Gonin, M. W. Smith, M. K. Dowd, R. A. Akerstrom-Hoffman, S. I. Siegel, C. M. Pizzariello, and T. E. Screiber

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Abstract: As part of a recent United States Coast Guard evaluation of electronic chart display and information systems (ECDIS), an experiment was conducted to examine the mariner’s use of such systems in the controlled setting of a shiphandling simulator. On the simulator, experienced mariners each made multiple port arrivals and departures in “New York” and “San Francisco.” As a lone watchstander, the mariner was required to navigate a planned route, respond to the traffic of a busy harbor, and manage the preparations for arrival or departure. This heavier-than-realistic workload was intended to increase the dependence of the mariner’s performance on the resources available to him and ensure that differences among experimental conditions would be revealed. During transits under baseline conditions, the conventional methods of navigation were available. During the test conditions, an ECDIS system was added to the bridge. The objective was to measure the contribution that the addition of this automated system could make to the mariner’s performance.
Published in: NAVIGATION: Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 40, Number 4
Pages: 359 - 374
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