Although bridge technology has advanced in leaps and bounds in recent years, accidents are still happening and evidence that could be preserved is being lost. If properly understood, however, these technological advances can have a significant, and positive impact. Whilst, at sea, such understanding will inevitably improve safety and the efficacy of the bridge team, bridge technology also has a crucial role to play in the field of casualty investigation – should the worst ever happen.
In a world where an in-depth familiarity with bridge equipment amongst mariners is becoming increasingly desirable, it is worthwhile exploring the scope of this technology. In addition to exploring the capabilities (and limitations) of some of the latest technology, this article will also address the evidence preservation facilities contained within such equipment. In the event of an incident, the importance of knowing how evidence can and should be preserved cannot be understated. Unfortunately, it is often when something goes wrong that a lack of in-depth knowledge of the equipment in question is exposed; but by then, of course, it is far too late and the damage is done.