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Technical and economic feasibility of an unmanned cargo ship powered by electrical propulsion

Freire, PEM; Bucknall, RWG; (2003) Technical and economic feasibility of an unmanned cargo ship powered by electrical propulsion. In: (pp. pp. 1-15).

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Abstract

The shipping industry is again facing a shortage of manpower, a situation similar to the one experienced in the 1960's, which caused the first wave of widespread introduction of automation on board merchant ships, thereby enabling substantial crew reductions throughout the world fleet. The automation process has continued at an increasing pace with the introduction of periodically unattended machinery spaces and integrated bridge control systems, which have made "one man on watch" operations possible aboard many merchant ships. On the other hand, information overload being experienced by seafarers on highly automated ships, together with the life style inherent to sea service, are seen as sources of stress, fatigue and psychological strain, which can compromise the effectiveness of a crew and consequently the safety of the vessel. Further slimming of crews is therefore highly unlikely, despite the continuing high costs of manpower, and a new concept in ship design and operation will be needed, if the present manpower problems and further cost reductions are to be addressed. The paper presents an investigation, from technical and economic viewpoints, into the feasibility of a totally automated, unmanned ship as an option to solve the existing manpower difficulties at sea. Copyright © IMarEST 2005 - all rights reserved.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Technical and economic feasibility of an unmanned cargo ship powered by electrical propulsion
ISBN: 1902536509
ISBN-13: 9781902536507
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Mechanical Engineering
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/30202
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