Influence of bridge officer experience on ice management effectiveness

Veitch, Erik (2018) Influence of bridge officer experience on ice management effectiveness. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The research presented in this thesis investigates the influence of human expertise on the effectiveness of ice management operations. This was accomplished in an experiment using a marine simulator in which 36 participants with a range of seafaring experience levels were tasked with individually completing ice management exercises. Effectiveness was assessed in terms of the operator’s ability to lower pack ice concentration around an offshore structure and to keep a defined area free of ice for a lifeboat launch. These responses were compared to two independent variables: i) experience level of the participant, and ii) ice concentration. The results showed a significant difference in ice management effectiveness between experience categories. Characterizations of effective ice management techniques were presented based on the results. This result has implications for training in the nautical sciences and can help inform best practices in ice management.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Item ID: 13469
Additional Information: Includes bibliographical references (pages 64-68).
Department(s): Engineering and Applied Science, Faculty of
Date: August 2018
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Seamanship--Cold weather conditions; Ice prevention and control

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