Maneuvering the Mammoth

  • Willem A. Wagenaar


Imagine yourself driving a car on a perfectly straight and lonely two-lane highway. You can switch to the left lane without any danger of colliding with opposing traffic, since the return can be easily executed when another car comes into sight. Now consider how you would feel if changing lanes required at least ten minutes, and if opposing traffic could appear in either lane. A captain on a Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) or “supertanker” is faced with this very situation: sailing through restricted waters he may be on a collision course without knowing it, and the appropriate action should have been taken minutes ago.


Flight Simulator Turn Direction Heartbeat Interval Very Large Crude Carrier Large Overshoot 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1978

Authors and Affiliations

  • Willem A. Wagenaar
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for Perception TNOSoesterbergThe Netherlands

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