At the moment I am currently taking basic DP and have to say it has truly opened up my mind to the future of the maritime industry.
[B]Question to the Forum:[/B]
Which scenario seems most likely in 50 years?
[li]Deck officers continue to execute voyage plans like we do today by referencing the navigation equipment, communicating our intentions, and using sound judgment[/li][li]Deck officers main role is to take the vessel into manual if the computer crashes along an automated voyage[/li][li]Deck officers are no longer needed because the vessel is completely automated and run like a drone with an active engineering department[/li][/ol]
Keep in mind that over 75% of accidents are human error and the wreck removal of the Costa Concordia is expected to reach over $2 billion dollars.