RATIONALIZATION AND ECONOMICAL GAINS OF AUTOMATION ABOARD MERCHANT SHIPS

Capt. Czeslaw A. Abramowski

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Abstract: THE OVER EMPHASIZED reduction of personnel inherent to all automated projects is not the only and most important gain obtained by introduction of properly applied automation to the ship’s operational philosophy. Less spectacular but more important are gains derived from other aspects of Automation such a; 1) Operational efficiency 2) Reduction of maintenance costs 3) Reduction of casualty percentage All above stipulated gains contribute extensively to the reduction of expenses for the insurance, accidental repairs, legal costs, etc. It is the purpose of t,his article to analyze and bring into perspective these aspects, and to call to the attention of these people concerned with automation that these gains are real and permanent. It is my firm belief that personnel reduction, as spectacular as it seems initially, shall indeed remain at the same level as far as overall costs are concerned. Fewer personnel will be paid higher wages and shore-side maimenance in one form or another will “eat” the rest of the “supposed” gain. The real gains are organizational, operational, and exploitational. To achieve these requires a revamping of the present-day shipping office, supply, and repair system.
Published in: NAVIGATION, Journal of the Institute of Navigation, Volume 14, Number 3
Pages: 280 - 284
Cite this article: Abramowski, Capt. Czeslaw A., "RATIONALIZATION AND ECONOMICAL GAINS OF AUTOMATION ABOARD MERCHANT SHIPS", NAVIGATION, Journal of The Institute of Navigation, Vol. 14, No. 3, Fall 1967, pp. 280-284.
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