A novel decision support methodology for oceangoing vessel collision avoidance

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The wider use of electronic devices in shipping has led to the introduction of new navigation control systems and decision support tools for collision avoidance. The application of these systems improves the data utilisation and allows for the prediction of ship's performance in various operational conditions. In this study, a decision support methodology for collision avoidance of ocean going vessels is developed, taking into account both the ship's manoeuvrability and propulsion system performance whilst employing a new formulation for the estimation of the collision probability indicator. An integrated model that simulates the ship's manoeuvrability and propulsion system performance is employed to predict the required ship's hull and propulsion plant dynamic response. The integrated model couples a 3-DOF manoeuvring model with a mean value engine model, providing a fast but accurate prediction of ship and her propulsion system characteristics during specific manoeuvring scenarios. The derived ship trajectories populate a database that is employed as input to the developed decision support for investigating various encounter situations depending on the target ship's initial position, approach angle, trajectory and speed. The developed decision support provides the collision probability indicator as function of the ordered rudder angle and engine speed as the available control options to avoid the collision. This study provides support to the officer of the watch to make decisions on the ship and propulsion system control parameters during encountering situations, thus contributing to the safer maritime operations.
Original languageEnglish
Article number109004
Number of pages20
JournalOcean Engineering
Early online date23 Apr 2021
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2021


  • collision avoidance
  • navigation safety
  • trajectory and propulsion system simulation
  • control systems
  • predictive decision support system


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