The European Maritime Simulator Network EMSN – part of the Sea Traffic Management Validation Project – is looking to recruit professional mariners to take part in simulation exercises across Europe.
The Sea Traffic Management Validation Project has developed and created a network of interconnected simulator centres in eight European countries – Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden.
The network enables testing of Sea Traffic Management in complex traffic situations – such as port approaches, confined waters, and search and rescue – as a safer alternative to live testing.
Four weeks of simulations are planned, starting later this year and ending mid-2018.
The first two simulation weeks will run exercises using currently available bridge equipment, while the last two simulation weeks will run the same scenarios, but using additional STM supporting tools, services and functionalities.
A comparative study using both a numerical and human factor approach is planned. The four simulation sessions will take place on the following dates:
- 2017: November 14-17 (without STM services)
• 2018: February 6-9 (without STM services)
• 2018: March 13-16 (with STM services)
• 2018: June 12-15 (with STM services)
The scenarios take place in the Southern Baltic and English Channel. Up to 30 ships with manned bridges are expected to participate with a limited amount of target vessels reflecting normal conditions for the area in question.
The bridge teams will navigate their ships according to pre-planned routes and schedules.
The simulator bridges will be manned by two deck officers forming a navigator/co-navigator team. One of the officers will be required to have experience in a senior position on board and preferably have a Master Mariner CoC.
The other officer may be a junior officer with a 3rd Mate’s license or a senior student of the Master Mariner program.
Language prerequisite is English as several nationalities are part of the EMSN.
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