HomeHelm and Rudder: School of Maritime Affairs Official Research Journalvol. 1 no. 1 (2019)

RELEVANCE AND EXTENT OF APPLICATION OF ECDIS AND PAPER CHARTS AS PERCEIVED BY SELECTED DECK OFFICERS: A COMPARATIVE STUDY

Carlos C. Columna Jr. | Gedd M. Fajardo | Rona N. Roxas | James D. Huele | John L. Valencia

 

Abstract:

The study aimed to determine the relevance and the extent of application of ECDIS and Paper Charts perceived by the selected Filipino Deck officer. Specifically, the study is conducted to know the relevance and extent of application in accordance with the respondent’s profile in terms of years of vessel Experience, rank/ position, age, and years of experience on board. And also one of the primary objectives of the study is to know the relevance of ECDIS and Paper Charts in ship navigation as perceived by selected Filipino Deck Officers in terms of safe navigation, mode of difficulty, real time accuracy it is the same with the extent of application of ECDIS and Paper Charts by the selected Filipino Deck Officers in terms of safe Navigation, mode of difficulty, and real time accuracy. The study also umpires the significant difference between the relevance of ECDIS and Paper Charts when respondents are grouped according to their profile and also the significant difference between the extent of application of ECDIS and Paper Charts when respondents are grouped according to their profile. These are the objectives of the study which will be the bases of the gathering of data that will be the solid foundation of the study. The study utilized the descriptive-comparative type of research as it is the most relevant and effective method to gather data that are necessary to the study. Descriptive-comparative research was employed to describe the variable to be measured in which the relevance and the extent of application of ECDIS and paper charts are compared to examine the differences based on the profiles of the respondents. The study required in order to be valid, a total of 34 Filipino Deck officers as the main respondents that answered the questionnaires of the study. The researchers chose Kalaw, Taft Avenue for the reason that the population of the seafarers seen on the area is wider, hence, chances of having qualified respondents are higher. The researchers fashioned a survey questionnaire that was used to gather information from the qualified respondents. The statistical treatment that was used is the percentage and frequency method, the weighted mean and the ANOVA method. The stated treatments are the most applicable treatment for the gathered datum. The findings of the study regarding the profile of the respondents, in terms of age 31-35 years have the highest percentage. In terms of years of experience on board, 11-15 years had the highest percentage. In the category of the rank/ position of the officers, most of the respondents that have responded are 2/O. In the years in the position, the highest percentage is 2-5 years. Regarding the relevance of ECDIS, the respondents responded “strongly agree” while “agree” to the relevance of paper charts. With corresponds to the extent of application, “frequently used” response for ECDIS and “almost every time”. In comparing the ECDIS and paper charts, there is a significant difference in the relevance of paper charts in terms of years in the position and the years of experience on board. On the other hand, there is no significant difference to the application ECDIS and paper charts and to the relevance of ECDIS.