1963-01-01

Ship Automation - To What Extent 630230

This paper describes various considerations in the application of mechanization and automation to merchant vessels. Crew tasks and equipment are analyzed to determine those areas that offer the greatest gains for lower operating costs by the elimination or reduction of manual functions and the use of automation. Degrees of automation are explored to ascertain the most practical manning scales and the corresponding capital investments necessary. Two vessels are described to illustrate the engineering features that could reduce manning requirements.

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