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Advanced technology to optimise maritime operational safety, integration and interface

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Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Vehicle design and manufacturing (VDM)
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues


Background & Policy context

To maintain the competitiveness of the maritime sector, new technologies have to be introduced. This has been the subject of several RTD projects, notably the first ATOMOS project, which proved that the use of advanced Integrated Ship Control systems is a likely solution.

Previous RTD into the design requirements of ship control centres and aviation control centres, paying special attention to layout and human factors, has highlighted some shortcomings in their design from both the safety and the efficiency viewpoint. A contributing factor is the sub-optimal performance of certain technologies in terms of their user-friendliness.


ATOMOS II aimed to develop conceptual standards for a safe and efficient ship control centre and an open integrated ship control system, with particular reference to the working environment and the man/machine interface. The aim was to facilitate fast, cost-effective operation and interconnection between system modules from different suppliers, with a view to developing improved command, control, alarm and information systems. The ATOMOS II ship control centre was to be designed specifically with improved operator comfort, workload and awareness in mind.


Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission; Directorate-General for Energy and Transport (DG TREN; formerly DG VII)
Type of funding
Public (EU)


ATOMOS II produced:

  • a conceptual standard for Ship Control Centre (SCC) design, including layout recommendations for future ship bridges, and a so-called 'tactical display' combining anti-grounding and anti-collision information tools;
  • a verification of the conceptual standard for SCC design in relation to efficiency and safety, and a risk assessment for collision route and fire ignition scenarios;
  • a conceptual standard for Integrated Ship Control (ISC) systems;
  • a harmonised Human-Machine Interface (HMI).

Policy implications

ATOMOS II has made a significant contribution to the development of standards for SCC design and ISC system architecture. This has formed an input to the current IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) working group on the standardization of ship bridges.


Key Findings
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Policy Implications
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