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Perceptions of technology at sea amongst British seafaring officers

Allen, Paul Howard 2009. Perceptions of technology at sea amongst British seafaring officers. Ergonomics 52 (10) , pp. 1206-1214. 10.1080/00140130902971924

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The use of Information Communication Technology is growing in the maritime industry as more systems become monitored remotely and new technologies are introduced to aid environmental awareness and increase safety. An exploratory survey was conducted as part of the EU project ‘FLAGSHIP’ to assess how seafarers perceive the current state of technology onboard ship and to identify areas of resistance to advancements in this area. Only 5.8% of the sample of British officers (overall n = 805) reported feeling resistant to new technology either ‘quite a lot’ or ‘a great deal’ at a general level compared to 82.8% when asked about the specific issue of training. Logistic regression analysis revealed older seafarers and those with low computer literacy to show greater resistance to new technology. Resistance was also higher on vessels with smaller crews, although a confound with vessel type is likely. Technology training for seafarers should be improved but not as a means of compensating for equipment developed without reference to user-centred design principles. Around 90% of all goods are transported by ship yet ergonomic research into the onboard environment is extremely limited. New technology is being introduced to substitute for the human element but little has been done to investigate how work processes have adapted. Seafarers' perceptions of new technology are examined here.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: technology, seafaring, training, user-centred design, ships
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0014-0139
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:02

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