Maybe the technology has already passed the level of humans ability?: http://www.ship-technology.com/features/featureis-technology-making-ships-too-complex-5881688/
So, is the answer to go a step further and remove the human factor altogether, or to go back to a simpler date?
I have seen the result when there are a dozen screens on the bridge to “make it easy” for the OOW:
(Somebody may recognize this bridge?)
When an alarm sounds he first have to determine what is the reason, then try to silence it by pressing buttons all over the place. Stressful and taking the concentration away from watching what is happening in the real world, outside the bridge windows.
I know that the latest development is towards fewer screens and one alarm silencing button, but there are still too many vessels with bridge designs made by people with no practical experience and without consultation with those who have.
Here is an example from an AHTS with Azimuth thruster, where ALL manoeuvre handles were on the same console at the Aft Controls:
As can be seen, the Captain had found a solution. He used the Joystick, even when handling anchors. (Not an easy or efficient thing to do)
But the problem was that the Chief Engineer handling the Winch Panel was standing between him and the window were he could see the crew working on deck:
To make it worse, the Captain was a short Indonesian and the C/Eng. just about the biggest Pinoy you could find.