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Frequency of use – the first step toward human-centred interfaces for marine navigation systems

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posted on 2023-05-20, 08:55 authored by Vu, VD, Lutzhoft, M, Gholam Reza EmadGholam Reza Emad
This article presents research on how frequently seafarers utilise functions and information available on an Integrated Navigation System to perform navigation duties. Using an online questionnaire, the study collected data from 601 members of the global seafaring community. The results provide an overview of the frequency of use for each feature, together with factors affecting the use and associated usability issues. The study finds that the use of navigation equipment is situation-dependent and affected by administrative factors, experience and professional habits, characteristics of the sailing area, traffic conditions, weather conditions, ship management factors and geographical location. Additionally, information overload, particularly with overlay and alert management functions, was found to be the major issue with existing systems. The findings of this study can be applied to improve menu tree structure, display layout, and interaction methods on the interface of navigation systems, such as making frequently-used features more readily available or easier to access.


Publication title

Journal of Navigation










Australian Maritime College


Cambridge Univ Press

Place of publication

40 West 20Th St, New York, USA, Ny, 10011-4211

Rights statement

Copyright The Royal Institute of Navigation 2019

Repository Status

  • Restricted

Socio-economic Objectives

Coastal sea freight transport; International sea freight transport (excl. live animals, food products and liquefied gas); Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences