Suggestions on Communications Systems for Off- Shore Vessels

  • Yushan Pan Norwegian University of Science and Technology ; University of Oslo
Keywords: ANT, communications, safety


Communications systems for marine operations are designed based on the concept of interactions between an individual person and those systems, while the interac-tive relations between multiple people and the systems are overlooked. Although extensive research focuses on designing systems that support cooperative work, requirements specifications for systems design do not support electrical engineers fully in devising cooperative systems. This paper records a case that took place at sea that resulted in unsafe operations due to insufficient development of commu-nications systems. By using actor-network theory (ANT) to analyze and organize interactive relations of communications, the paper suggests focusing on interac-tive relations to help electrical engineers understand how to implement coopera-tive systems to support safety operations.