This paper will provide an overview of Project HORIZON, and review some of the scientific findings on the effects of fatigue on seafarers, as well as the experience of using simulators for major research projects. The HORIZON project is a European Framework 7 sponsored research project to investigate the effects of fatigue on the cognitive performance of bridge and engine room watch keepers during a 7 day simulated voyage, using a range of linked simulators and under different watch patterns and conditions of workload. During the experimental period, measurements were taken of their watch keeping performance and their levels of alertness, including the use of EEG recording. A total of 90 certificated seafarers, with varying levels of experience, have undertaken the simulated voyages. It is hoped that the findings from this project will lead to more effective Fatigue Risk Management Systems (FRMS), in order to improve the safety of ship operations and the welfare of seafarers. The paper will discuss these findings and the lessons learned for future simulator research projects.
|Title of host publication
|Proceedings of MARSIM conference
|Published - 1 Apr 2012