Maximising Situational Awareness in Marine PIlotage
After an extensive seagoing career from 1979 to 2002, I left the sea to become a pilot in Hay Point / Mackay where I remained for five years. In 2007 I left the greener side of Australia to commence work with Woodside in Dampier, WA, piloting and loading LNG, LPG and Oil Tankers.
In 2012, I graduated with a Masters Degree in Human Factors and Safety Management Systems and am currently using that to try and raise Human Factor awareness amongst pilots. This human factors work has enabled me to contribute articles, research and presentations on subjects such as fatigue, situation awareness including its relationship with shared mental models, communication with bridge teams and simulation usage in initial marine pilot training as well as formulating behavioural markers for simulation training.
It has also enabled me to contribute a chapter on Fatigue Management in the International Maritime Pilots’ Association book IMPA on Pilotage which was published in 2014 and I also recently presented (alongside four Professors and one Doctor, no less, who were all eminent specialists in their fields) at the Pilbara Sleep Health Summit on the Woodside Pilots fatigue management journey.
My particular areas of human factors interest at the moment revolve around fatigue management as well as situation awareness and decision making.
In 2017, I undertook further study to become a fully qualified Workplace Assessor to enable a greater degree of rigour to be applied the Woodside Pilot and Loadmasters competency assurance systems.
When not working or doing the above I enjoy being out on the water doing stand up paddling.