Professional mariners wanted as test participants
The European Maritime Simulator Network EMSN, a part of the Sea Traffic Management Validation Project, is now recruiting professional mariners who will participate in simulation exercises with up to 30 manned bridges from all over Europe.
Sea Traffic Management Validation Project has developed and created a network of interconnected simulator centers in 8 European countries; Spain, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. This network enables testing of Sea Traffic Management in complex traffic situations, port approaches, confined waters and Search and Rescue, as a safer alternative to live testing.
During 2017 and 2018 four weeks of simulations are planned. The first 2 simulation weeks in the campaign will run exercises with today’s available bridge equipment. During the last 2 simulation weeks the scenarios will be re-run with additional STM supporting tools, services and functionalities. A comparative study using both a numerical and a Human Factors approach is planned. The four simulation sessions will take place 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 in the Southern Baltic and in the 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 a pre-planned route and schedule.
The simulator bridges will be manned by two deck officers forming a navigator/co-navigator team. One of the officers is 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.