Engine Control Room

Contrary to the situation of bridges, there is no regulatory support which completely covers the layout, design, and arrangement of the engine department. As mentioned earlier, IMO MSC/Circ.834 gives only a brief description of the nonmandatory guidelines for engine-room layout, design, and arrangement.

The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) has developed a stan­dard, ISO 11064, which gives advice on the ergonomic design of control centres. Other ISO standards which might be of interest are for instance:

• ISO 9241 ‘Ergonomics of human-system interaction—Part 400: Principles and requirements for physical input devices’.

• ISO 9355-3:2006, ‘Ergonomic requirements for the design of displays and control actuators—Part 3: Control actuators’.

• ISO 9241-110:2006, ‘Ergonomics of human-system interaction—Part 110: Dialogue principles’.

Some classification societies also offer frameworks to support the construction of engine rooms and engine control rooms but this lack of a uniting set of rules and regulations implies difficulties to provide an overview of this extensive area. Much more research is needed, and this need is currently being addressed in a project at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden.