Dr. Kidd and Dr.Petrie
Abstract: As autonomy moves further into the maritime environment, it must adapt to the nuances of the industry. Tugboat operations, including barge transportation, are key areas where autonomy could make a large impact. Implementation in these areas is hindered by the uncertainty inherent in these operations. To address these, a dynamic simulation model is proposed that can be used for vessel control and path planning. This model can be modified on the fly according to the response of the vessel, allowing accurate simulation and control despite imperfect initial estimates of loading, resistance and maneuvering coefficients. Hydrodynamic coefficients used in the simulation model will be continuously updated based on the vessel's actual response to rudder and throttle commands. Control and planning for the vessel will initially focus on still-water environments and will take into account typical vessel limitations such as maximum rates of acceleration and turn. However, it will also be constructed to allow operational limitations to be placed on the roll, pitch and yaw of the vessel, such as may occur during operations in open water.
Dr. Mike Ircha
Diversity in the Workplace: Female Port Workers
This presentation will provide an overview of the role of women and other minority groups working in seaports around the world. It will be based on a review of relevant literature, previous research on port labour undertaken by the authors examining European and North American container ports and terminalsi and a review of the draft paper by a selection of leading port community females in the Canada, Caribbean and Europe. There is a considerable amount of scholarly literature on the difficulties in attracting women into science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programsii as well as the challenges females face in traditional male professions (such as municipal fire fighting and policing iii military combativ and so forth). On the other hand, there is little literature on the role of women in ports.
Dr. Anthony Piscitelli
The focus of this paper is the development of educational programs that will apply the current “best practices” of cyber security in general, to the particulars of the maritime environment; in both the landside of ports and terminals protection, as well as the ship side of moving cargo over the seas safely; in what today has quickly becoming a costly and hostile environment for all interested parties. In short, the refinement of the current, general cyber security educational programs must be tailored, or refined, to meet the needs and requirements of the maritime community as a whole has now become an idea whose time has come.
Those who set and enforce the standards need to make room for the inclusion of this cyber security maritime education in the classrooms, with the use of simulators, and during the sea time of our trainee students. Even veteran crews, from captains to able bodied seamen and all in between need this maritime cyber security education to mitigate the risks that are now at an even higher level in this world of the “internet of everything” (IoE).
The maritime industry has seen recently the price paid for the cyber-uneducated; even those who were victims of unintended consequences. This is just the beginning, if measures are not taken to protect crews and cargo with the knowledge gleaned from a maritime cyber security education. The owners, clients and general staff (both on deck, and the below deck engineers) in this area need to be aware of the threats and countermeasures needed to avert and then survive such attacks. Couple this with the further intrusions by both governmental as well as blue water underwriters and those shipping clients seeking their services to be part of the growing global economy