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Ship sense - exploring the constituents of shiphandling

Johannes Prison (Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations )
Göteborg : Chalmers University of Technology, 2013. - 90 s.

Although shipping is regarded as one of the oldest transportation domains there still seem to be only a limited amount of research addressing the task of handling a vessel. Therefore the purpose of this thesis has been to shed more light on the concept of shiphandling and its constituents. Shiphandling is something that nautical officers themselves see as central to their everyday job, sailing their vessels. This thesis presents findings from three studies to understand more about how perceptual information is used by shiphandlers when manoeuvring. The overall approach of this thesis has been explorative using informants with relevant experience to the concept under study. The results indicate that shiphandling takes different forms demanding various degrees of effort from the shiphandler for different parts of the ship’s voyage. Visual perceptual information from the outside environment has been highlighted as being the dominating source of input to the shiphandler. The main findings from the research presented in this thesis is that of the shiphandler seeing the main task, underlying all aspects of shiphandling to be striving for harmony between his ship and the affecting factors of the environment. This further emphasizes the facts that shiphandling is very much reliant on several influencing factors of dynamic nature, concluding in shiphandling as a whole being a highly dynamic activity.

Nyckelord: Human Factors, maritime, Grounded Theory

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Denna post skapades 2013-10-07.
CPL Pubid: 184864


Institutioner (Chalmers)

Institutionen för sjöfart och marin teknik, Maritime Operations (2012-2014)


Arbetsvetenskap och ergonomi
Psykologi (exklusive tillämpad psykologi)

Chalmers infrastruktur

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Ship sense - striving for harmony in ship manoeuvring


Datum: 2013-10-28
Tid: 13:00
Lokal: Kelvin, Lindholmen Conference Centre, Lindholmspiren 5
Opponent: Trevor Dobbins, PhD, STResearch, United Kingdom

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R - Department of Shipping and Marine Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, Göteborg, Sweden 13:146