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Mixed waterway usage – Recreational and Commercial Vessel Interactions
In recent years, there have been significant
increases in recreational vessel use of waterways frequently used by commercial
vessels. The recreational vessels range from human powered craft such as paddle
boards and kayaks, to wind powered craft such as sail boards and sail boat to
motorized craft ranging from personnel watercraft to motorized vessels. This
trend presents safety challenges due to increasing interactions between
commercial and recreational vessels. While professional mariners are well
versed in the maritime navigation rules and operations, the same level of
experience and expertise may not exist in the recreational vessel community. In
addition, the commercial vessel traffic is dependent on the ability to
communicate with surrounding vessels to ensure safe operations, overtaking and
crossing situations. Such means of communication often may not be available,
especially with smaller recreational vessels.
The Committee on Marine Safety and Human Factors (AW040)
encourages research into the safety and human factors issues around mixed
waterway usage. Anticipated research topic areas include but are not limited
to, the following subjects:
The feasibility and potential effectiveness of
licensing recreational vessel operators.
Awareness, training, and outreach needs of the recreational
vessel community in order to ensure safe operation in mixed use waterways.
Awareness, training, and outreach needs of the
commercial vessel community in order to ensure safe operation in mixed use
Potential regulatory approaches to enhance
safety in mixed use waterways.
Enhancing the visibility of small recreational
vessels by large commercial vessels.
Improved communication methods between
commercial and recreational vessels to enhance safety.
This research could help enhance the safety of the Marine Transportation System
|Sponsoring Committee:||AW040, Marine Safety and Human Factors
|Research Period:||Shorter than 6 months|
|Index Terms:||Recreational vehicles, Recreational vessels, Waterways, |
Safety and Human Factors
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