Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering
Bridge the gap between operations & engineering

Human Factors toonaangevend voor design Coral EnergICE

By Margriet Melles, Newbuilding Department  ventmast

Anthony Veder is currently in the design process of the newbuild Coral EnergICE, which is due to be delivered in the third quarter of 2017. This vessel, an 18,000 cbm Liquified Gas Carrier, will have the 1 A Super Class Ice Class  Notation as well as the Cold Notation, which means it will be able to sail under ice cold circumstances. The design is based on the Coral Energy, which was delivered in 2013. There is one big difference however… ergonomics are taken into account. Niels de Groot, ergonomist at ErgoS Human Factors Engineering explains.

Ergonomics are important in environments where people, work and technique come together.  For instance in shipping control rooms. “A ship is an ergonomic playground”, says Niels de Groot. “It is a place where people work, eat, sleep and spend their leisure time. As it is expensive to have a large crew, the vessel needs to be designed cleverly. This is where the ergonomics – or human factors – come in. The bridge design is of particular importance because the Captain has to be able to do his job with several computer screens and additional nautical equipment. This means that all functions have to be assembled and that there is 360 degree visibility.”

Comfortable workplace
Functional control rooms and an aesthetically pleasing environment were at the core of Anthony Veder’s brief to ErgoS. “The latter is an epiphenomenon”, says Niels de Groot. “Design has a big influence on how people experience their work and living areas. People of different nationalities have different preferences. When you put these preferences in one design, different people will experience it as a pleasurable place to work and live. This is what we aim to achieve.”

Focus on users
“Ergonomists look at what the user needs to be able to perform their task. This is rather unusual in the ship designing industry. Here one has cooperate with the yards, ship owners and representatives in the maritime industry, operators and equipment suppliers, as well as deal with authority regulations. Ergonomists look at what the user needs to be able to perform his task. For the Coral EnergICE we specifically reviewed the bridge and accommodation designs and identified visibility issues, limiting the vessel’s ability to cope with icy conditions. We proposed a new design and developed a 3D model with a matrix of boats surrounding the vessel to demonstrate the range of visibility. The resulting solution is a significant improvement on the original Coral Energy design.”

Sleep well, work well
ErgoS also looked at the accommodation arrangements. “We asked ourselves: How do people use these areas? An obvious insight was that for people to sleep well, it has to be quiet, yet the existing layout did not support this. We therefore introduced new cabin areas; separate from the work and leisure spaces. In addition, we made basic designs for the Mess Room, Galley and Gym, as well as the Engine Control Room and the Cargo Control Room. In these control rooms, desks are traditionally positioned against the wall with a big open space in the middle. By turning them around, we created quiet corners with clear visibility on doors and equipment.”

We also made detailed interior designs of the Officers’ Day Room and of one of the cabins, selecting cozy furniture and thoughtful applied decoration to create a sense of home away from home. All this contributes to a positive experience while out at sea.”



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