Oh for the love of God...what are they doing to seafaring?

this is simply too much…why in Heaven’s name can’t a ship’s bridge stay a ship’s bridge?..Air Farce stealth bomber flight decks we don’t need!

Rolls-Royce and VTT unveil futuristic bridge concept

DECEMBER 11, 2014 — Together with VTT Technical Research Center of Finland, Rolls-Royce today unveiled its latest vision of Ship Intelligence - a futuristic ship’s bridge concept which could become reality by 2025.

Rolls-Royce predicts that Ship Intelligence will be the next major transition for the shipping industry as ships become more complex, making them require high levels of data analysis to operate on-board systems to manage propulsion, and navigation —potentially leading to autonomous vessels.

Rolls-Royce has worked together with VTT’s researchers and Aalto University to develop the new bridge, known as the Future Operator Experience Concept or “oX.” It offers the crew smart workstations that automatically recognize individuals when they walk into the bridge, and adjust to their preferences.

The windows of the bridge serve as augmented reality displays of the vessel’s surroundings, including visualization of potential hazards that would otherwise be invisible to the human eye. The system can, for example, pinpoint sea ice or tug boats and other craft that may not be visible to the crew, especially on large container ships.

“We are entering a truly exciting period in the history of shipping, where technology, and in particular the smart use of Big Data is going to drive the next generation of ships,” said Mikael Makinen, Rolls-Royce, President - Marine. “Over the next ten to 20 years we believe Ship Intelligence is going to be the driving force that will determine the future of our industry, the type of ships at sea, and the competence levels required from tomorrow’s seafarers.

“The new oX bridge concept, is one example of ship intelligence, and is a glimpse into the future where significant advances to navigation, efficiency of operations and safety at sea, can be achieved.

“With the demands of environmental legislation and rising operating costs, ships are going to become more complex. Add to that the fact that skilled crews are already in short supply, then we see a distinct gap opening up between the complexity of ships and the competency of the people who will crew them. That will cause real problems for the industry, and we believe it is ship intelligence, that will fill that gap.”

The oX concept, has been developed by studying user experience on ships today, and will transform the operating environment for crews on board large cargo ships and platform supply vessels. Using advanced 3D animation to illustrate just what could be achieved in the next decade, the new concept will utilise the latest digital techniques to create safer and more energy efficient ship operations.

Today, Rolls-Royce already has many of the technologies that will be part of the intelligent ships of the future. The Unified Bridge system has recently entered service on the vessel Stril Luna, representing a new ergonomic approach to all the activity required on the bridge of a ship, coordinating the operation of on-board equipment ranging from engines to propulsion and cargo handling.

The remote monitoring of equipment on board ships is also advancing, and Rolls-Royce has control centres in Alesund, Norway, and Rauma, Finland, where many ships and thrusters are already monitored in real-time in operation around the world.

Oskar Levander, Rolls-Royce, Vice President - Innovation - Marine, speaking at a Ship Intelligence briefing in London today, said: “Many of the technology building blocks that will control the ships of the future are already available today, but there is still work to be done to develop marine solutions from them. We are investing in ship intelligence, which will be a major driver of the next transition era of shipping. Much in the way that sail gave way to steam powered ships, and coal gave way to oil, we will see increasingly sophisticated ships, highly automated and perhaps even unmanned remote controlled, plying the seas within the next two decades.”

this is where I want to stand watch when at sea on a real SHIP!

of course, a few more windows are always nice…

[QUOTE=c.captain;149645]this is where I want to stand watch when at sea on a real SHIP!

of course, a few more windows are always nice…[/QUOTE]

My favorite! An engine order telegraph!

Those damn kids and their rock and roll music and heads up displays…

Liberty ship??

[QUOTE=Heat Miser;149649]Liberty ship??[/QUOTE]

aye…S.S. JEREMIAH O’BRIEN

but that’s too easy…the three little windows are a dead giveaway!

Maverick you’re at 3/4 mile call the ball…

[QUOTE=c.captain;149645]
of course, a few more windows are always nice…[/QUOTE]

Except when you’re getting shot at.

[QUOTE=Traitor Yankee;149648]Those damn kids and their rock and roll music and heads up displays…[/QUOTE]

I hear you brother…EFFING GODDAMNED PUNKS swinging their hips like that!

and how many of these new generation ship officers know what is it like to be on a bridge without comfortable armchairs for them to recline watch in while they surf the internet…

the term “Stand Watch” is because that is exactly what you did…STOOD ON YOUR FEET!

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[QUOTE=capnfab;149654]Except when you’re getting shot at.[/QUOTE]

touche’ sir

Don’t get me started on armchairs on the bridge.

[QUOTE=Fraqrat;149652]Maverick you’re at 3/4 mile call the ball…[/QUOTE]

FUCK Top Gun and that midget man Tommy Cruise! One fucking scene playing air guitar in his skivvies and suddenly he is a FUCKING MEGASTAR! FUCK HOLLYWOOD!

What ever happened to the Mitchums and Holdens? The Coburns and McQueens? Bogart, Borgnine and Bronson! ALL OF THEM MEN!

Tommy Cruise couldn’t be a man even if you gave him a strap on to wear! HE’S NOTHING BUT A TWO BIT PUNK KID AND WILL BE TILL HE’S DEAD!

[QUOTE=c.captain;149658]FUCK Top Gun and that midget man Tommy Cruise! One fucking scene playing air guitar in his skivvies and suddenly he is a FUCKING MEGASTAR! FUCK HOLLYWOOD!

What ever happened to the Mitchums and Holdens? The Coburns and McQueens? Bogart, Borgnine and Bronson! ALL OF THEM MEN!

Tommy Cruise couldn’t be a man even if you gave him a strap on to wear! HE’S NOTHING BUT A TWO BIT PUNK KID AND WILL BE TILL HE’S DEAD![/QUOTE]

That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full.

[QUOTE=mdm;149661]That’s a negative Ghost rider, the pattern is full.[/QUOTE]

overflowing in fact

STOOPID FLYBOYS!

[QUOTE=c.captain;149658]FUCK HOLLYWOOD!

What ever happened to the Mitchums and Holdens? The Coburns and McQueens? Bogart, Borgnine and Bronson! ALL OF THEM MEN![/QUOTE]

Holden. Little story.
Finally got the new flat screen fastened to the bulkhead at the foot of my bunk. Got off watch, showered and stretched out. Since I do not have a satellite box in my foc’sle, I used the digital airwave antenna I brought along.
On the screen I note a foreign salvage tug steaming (really steaming) away…Bill Holden is the reluctant skipper, Sophia Loren (a very young, curvy Sophia Loren), Trevor Howard. Did I mention Sophia Loren?
“THE KEY”…based upon the novel by Jan de Hartog. I read it as THE DISTANT SHORE years ago. On my de Hartog bender in the early 90’s.
Anyway, Holden the rescue tug driver inherits the busty Loren and apartment after Howard, the busty Loren’s current man, is killed in action.
Didn’t get to finish watching the picture though. Fell asleep.
Then, there was the night I was drinking with Mitchum in a hotel bar in Easton, Maryland. No shit, true story. A fun night.

FUCK THE MOVIE…we know about the movie!

tell us the story! Did Mitchum get all shit faced? Was he buying?

[QUOTE=capnfab;149666]Holden. Little story.
Finally got the new flat screen fastened to the bulkhead at the foot of my bunk. Got off watch, showered and stretched out. Since I do not have a satellite box in my foc’sle, I used the digital airwave antenna I brought along.
On the screen I note a foreign salvage tug steaming (really steaming) away…Bill Holden is the reluctant skipper, Sophia Loren (a very young, curvy Sophia Loren), Trevor Howard. Did I mention Sophia Loren?
“THE KEY”…based upon the novel by Jan de Hartog. I read it as THE DISTANT SHORE years ago. On my de Hartog bender in the early 90’s.
Anyway, Holden the rescue tug driver inherits the busty Loren and apartment after Howard, the busty Loren’s current man, is killed in action.
Didn’t get to finish watching the picture though. Fell asleep.
Then, there was the night I was drinking with Mitchum in a hotel bar in Easton, Maryland. No shit, true story. A fun night.[/QUOTE]

My mom gave me some of his books to read when I was young. All her brothers sailed with Maersk as officers( she’s Danish). Big reason I only reason I wanted to work tugs/offshore.

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tell us the story! Did Mitchum get all shit faced? Was he buying?[/QUOTE]

Thanksgiving 1994. Tidewater Inn (a classic Eastern Shore, old fashioned hotel). Easton, Maryland

I had gotten relieved the day before Thanksgiving. The girl flew in from Cali after making reservations and travel arrangements.

Thanksgiving Day, we spent the afternoon in Easton, returned to the hotel to get ready for dinner at the hotel restaurant. (they even made me a turkey sandwich for later just the way I like it, white bread, butter, turkey and salt & pepper). A lovely woman, a fantastic meal, atmosphere that is almost impossible to describe. Just a great room to be in at that particular time.

After the meal, we adjourn to the bar, I think it is called the Decoy Room or something like that. Hunting and waterfowl are a big deal on the Maryland Eastern Shore.

The lady and I grab a couple of seats at the bar, away from the only other occupant there, an older man chain smoking as he drained a rocks glass.

We have a couple of drinks (the girl and I) and are about to call it an evening and head upstairs. The bartender comes down and says, “the gentleman at the end of the bar would like you to join him and buy you a drink”. We accept and thank the gracious stranger as we moved down and introduced ourselves.

“Hi, I’m capnfab and this is T______.”

“Nice to meet you, I’m Bob. What are you drinking?”

We shake hands and get down to the standard bar talk. Conversation gets around to me working on tugboats and he says, "I was an investor in a Baltimore tugboat company many years ago."
I ask, "What company would that be?"
Mitchum says, “The Baker Whiteley Towing Company”

I’m amazed, I grew up riding on those boats.

Now, it still hasn’t registered that “Bob” is Robert Mitchum. Until I stupidly ask, “So Bob, what do you do?”

We had a big laugh, got shit faced TOGETHER and just had a great night. He invited us to his home the next day, but we begged off as we were travelling.

I often wish I was a good illustrator or a fine painter for that is a room & scene I would love to have brought to life again.

Bob is gone. The girl, long gone. The memory still as strong as ever.

Great story C.Fab, but a bit sad.

Why was such a beloved and respected man drinking alone on Thanksgiving Day?

The plaque for the alternates is down in the ladies room.

[QUOTE=capnfab;149666]Holden. Little story.
Finally got the new flat screen fastened to the bulkhead at the foot of my bunk. Got off watch, showered and stretched out. Since I do not have a satellite box in my foc’sle, I used the digital airwave antenna I brought along.
On the screen I note a foreign salvage tug steaming (really steaming) away…Bill Holden is the reluctant skipper, Sophia Loren (a very young, curvy Sophia Loren), Trevor Howard. Did I mention Sophia Loren?
“THE KEY”…based upon the novel by Jan de Hartog. I read it as THE DISTANT SHORE years ago. On my de Hartog bender in the early 90’s.
Anyway, Holden the rescue tug driver inherits the busty Loren and apartment after Howard, the busty Loren’s current man, is killed in action.
Didn’t get to finish watching the picture though. Fell asleep.
Then, there was the night I was drinking with Mitchum in a hotel bar in Easton, Maryland. No shit, true story. A fun night.[/QUOTE]

That’s not my favorite Jan de Hartog book (The Captain was one of his first and the best), but I’m going to look for the movie.

[QUOTE=captrob;149671]My mom gave me some of his books to read when I was young. All her brothers sailed with Maersk as officers( she’s Danish). Big reason I only reason I wanted to work tugs/offshore.[/QUOTE]
Some good reading by de Hartog. My favorite being “A SAILOR’S LIFE” and “THE CAPTAIN”.
Holland’s Glory indeed.

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[QUOTE=Jetryder223;149741]Great story C.Fab, but a bit sad.

Why was such a beloved and respected man drinking alone on Thanksgiving Day?[/QUOTE]
Thanks. Can’t explain that, I reckon he was doing what so many average folks do. Get away from the family for a little while. That is, if he had family there.