In This Issue:
- Help or Hindrance:
- ECDIS In Charge?
- ECDIS: The Demand or The Supply?
Excerpt from Help or Hindrance
The current cause de jour is ECDIS. While there are a few Cartesian selfevident truths – apparently believed by some with sufficient power to bring the concept to its current state – there have been no valid, reliable, empirical and rigorous investigations into the question of ECDIS improving marine safety. Neither has the question of whether or not ECDIS will create more problems than it has been designed to cure been answered. Until such demonstrations are forthcoming, a wary marine industry at sea – and ashore outside the accounting department – is resigned to another push to make ships more aeroplane-like. The cycle has played before and usually with not good results. Ships are not aircraft and masters and officers of ships are not jet-jockeys....
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