CyClaDes at 6th European Transport Research Conference (TRA)

Presentation of CyClaDes results at 6th European Transport Research Conference (TRA) 18-21 April 2016.

Seafarers invited to help manufacturers improve onboard design

The Nautical Institute and CIRM (the principal international association for marine electronics companies) today launched a joint initiative to improve the usability of navigation and communication technology on board ships.


Speaking at the International e-Navigation Underway Conference today, David Patraiko, Director of Projects for The Nautical Institute, and Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer for CIRM, announced the development of the CIRM User Feedback Forum.


The best way to achieve usability in a system, product or service is to ask users what they think at each stage of the design. This is the principle that underlies the concept of human-centred design (HCD). Applying HCD is a key goal of the International Maritime Organization’s eNavigation strategy.


“As a design concept goes, this all makes perfect sense,” said Mr Patraiko, and many mariners are keen to offer feedback into the design process but struggle to identify how to. Mr Doherty confirmed that CIRM members are willing to listen and of course will need to demonstrate this  as outlined in the IMO e-Navigation HCD Guidelines. These issues were also confirmed during a recent EU funded Human Factor’s project CyClaDes (


To encourage mariners’ input, CIRM created the CIRM User Feedback Forum, which brings together willing seafarers and interested manufacturers to ensure that designs are validated using human-centred-design principles. The Forum can be accessed at


The Nautical Institute, the leading international body for maritime professionals, will encourage mariners from around the world to register as potential ‘beta testers’ for CIRM members’ research and development projects. The process is absolutely free for seafarers and confidential for the manufacturers. Training centres are also invited to become involved and to form relationships with manufacturers that may be interested in running trials.


Mariners gain by being able to preview, understand and influence new designs. Mr Patraiko said that mariners often challenge why or even how certain design features have been developed. The Forum provides an opportunity for them to get involved with the design before it ends up on their ships.


Cost considerations often make it hard for training centres to expose students and instructors to the latest technology. Now maritime colleges will not only to be able see the latest designs, but also will be able to use their training experience to assist in the development of new equipment and systems.


Mr Doherty describes this as a practical approach and a win-win solution, bringing manufacturers and users together.


This is a golden opportunity for all mariners and trainers to improve the design of systems they may have to use in the future while enjoying the process of working with the design teams, said Mr Patraiko. The Nautical Institute also plans to publish case studies from these trials, which will spread the benefits to the whole industry.


CIRM and The Nautical Institute invite the industry to promote the forum and encourage users to register so that it can make a positive contribution to future navigation and communication systems.

Editor’s notes:

About The Nautical Institute
The Nautical Institute is the international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. It provides a wide range of services to enhance the professional standing and knowledge of members who are drawn from all sectors of the maritime world. Founded in 1972, it has nearly 50 branches worldwide and some 7,000 members in 120 countries. In 2015, the Institute was the proud recipient of the Investment in People award for its Navigator magazine at the Seatrade Awards.

About CIRM
The Comité International Radio-Maritime (CIRM) is the principal international association for marine electronics companies. CIRM exists to promote the application of electronic technology to the safety of life and efficient conduct of vessels at sea. We strive to foster relations between all organisations concerned with electronic aids to marine navigation, communications and information systems.


About eNavigation
E-navigation is defined as “the harmonized collection, integration, exchange, presentation and analysis of marine information on board and ashore by electronic means to enhance berth to berth navigation and related services for safety and security at sea and protection of the marine environment”.

For more information please contact Richard Doherty, Chief Technical Officer

Final Event

The projects CyClaDes, FAROS and CASCADE have organised a joint event to present their results to an interested public. In the attached documents, the agenda and registration details can be found.

Public workshop on human centered design

During the workshop current results of the project will be presented and put up for discussion with you as potential user of the CyClaDes framework.

The CyClaDes framework, a web-based toolbox which provides a comprehensive information collection about crew centred design in shipbuilding and the CyClaDes e-learning platform that has been developed to inform and train different stakeholder groups in the application and evaluation of crew centred design will be introduced and will be available for testing in interactive sessions.

We value input and feedback from industry and practitioners and would be pleased to welcome you to this event.

For detailed information, take a look at the full invitation in the download section or contact

Presentation of CYCLADES at the SEAHORSE workshop in Glasgow

For detailed information, please visit

Proceedings of HFES Europe Chapter 2013 Conference

The Proceedings of the HFES Europe Chapter 2013 Conference are available in the download section. The CyClaDes related article can be found on page 183.

Assembly Meeting

Discussion of project progress, work package meetings

Meeting of Human Element-related research projects CASCADe, CyClaDes and FAROS

Project Managers of the three projects currently funded by the European Commission under the seventh framework programme (THEME SST.2012.4.1-1. - Human element factors in shipping safety) will meet in Hamburg to discuss common research topics.
CASCADe (Model-based Cooperative and Adaptive Ship-based Context Aware Design)
CyClaDes (Crew-centered Design and Operations of ships and ship systems)
FAROS (Human Factors in Risk-Based Ship Design Methodology)
  • Agenda_Joint-CASCADe-CyClaDes-FAROS-Meeting_2013-03-13.pdf(48 kB) Agenda of 1st meeting of CASCADe/CYCLADES/FAROS project managers
  • CASCADe Presentation(880 kB) Presentation of CASCADe project, with particular focus on three topics, agreed before the meeting: 1) Bridge simulation – Tasks for crew to perform and criteria for selecting them 2) Crew performance – Means of assessing crew performance 3) Risk models – Scope, methods, data, and validation
  • CyClaDes Presentation(753 kB) Presentation of CyClaDes project, with particular focus on three topics, agreed before the meeting: 1) Bridge simulation – Tasks for crew to perform and criteria for selecting them 2) Crew performance – Means of assessing crew performance 3) Risk models – Scope, methods, data, and validation
  • FAROS presentation(1 MB) Presentation of FAROS project, with particular focus on three topics, agreed before the meeting: 1) Bridge simulation – Tasks for crew to perform and criteria for selecting them 2) Crew performance – Means of assessing crew performance 3) Risk models – Scope, methods, data, and validation
  • Minutes of first CASCADe, CaClaDes, FAROS meeting(38 kB) Minutes of first meeting of the three research projects. 1) Introduction of projects 2) Topics of common interest 3) Next steps (including agreement to have joint session at a workshop in London in September 2013)

"Stakeholder workshop" held with owners, operators, ship designers and system designers

The CyClaDes project conducted a workshop with ship owners/operating companies, shipyards and ship design offices, and system designers. In this stakeholder workshop information was collected on current practice with respect to including the crew member's needs in decision processes during design and operation of ships and ship systems.
Ideas were developed on how it can be achieved that crew's needs will be considered to a greater extent, taking into consideration each stakeholder's context of work.

CyClaDes workshop on current practices in the design and operation of ships and ship systems in Lisbon on February 20th 2013

The first public CyClaDes workshop addresses how the human element is considered in the current ship design process as well as crews work conditions and experiences onboard. Therefore the CyClaDes project invites ship desingers, ship operators and sytsem designer in order to discuss current practises and to identify potential weak spots for further investigation within the CyClaDes project.

If you are interested in participating the workshop, please contact us by using the "contact" button on this website.

First article about CyClaDes in Fairplay: "Crew factor tops Asia meeting"

The Fairplay has published the first article about the CyClaDes project;

Signs are that the human element factor of crew management could take off in Asia, writes Girija Shettar.

Strong interest in the human element factorwas evident at the Lloyd’s Register (LR) Middle East and Asia Technical Committee meeting in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.
Jonathan Earthy, the human element co-ordinator for LR Marine, who spoke at the meeting, said: "I was surprised at howmuch feeling there was that right had to be done by seafarers and that 'yes, of course' they are an important part of the organisation. The questions went on for as long as we had time; there was genuine interest."
He also welcomed the European Commission's Framework 7 research programme launched last year, which is focused on human-centred design. Giving praise for theway in which theprogramme's tenders are worded, Earthy was convinced. "Europe is really getting behind this topic," he said.
Three research projects are being launched under this year's initiative, Human Element Factors in Shipping Safety, which will each receive an EU contribution of up to €3M ($3.8M).
One project, Crew-centred Design andOperation of Ships and Ship Systems (CyClaDes), was launched on 30 October by Germanischer Lloyd (GL) to study technology, operations (including company safety culture), and training to find out why human error causes the majority of accidents aboard ship.
Speaking to Fairplay, GL senior researcher Karsten Loer explained: "One aim is to get the human element into the production life cycle of each ship, from the planning to the design phase - right theway up to when the ship is delivered."
If this sounds familiar, Loer would agree. "A lot of research has been done, but for some reason it has not been used widely. We need to figure out why and make our proposals more accessible for stakeholders," he said. Scientific papers produced from the research will be given to the International Maritime Organization for the consideration of the relevant working groups.

Project Kick Off Meeting

public presentations