SeaSAFER is an innovative platform for seafarers at any disciplines with a mission to deliver learning and assessment platform developed through simulation of past accidents
Less accidents, Safer Seas!
The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have been promoting “Safety Culture” for the last decade with a great deal of emphasis on human elements, particularly how human errors have led to great loss of life and property (IMO, 2013). It has also been acknowledged that similar accidents/incident occur with repeatedly as human error is proven to be the main cause. Learning from accidents/incidents are one of the good practices that IMO promotes which has not been taken into consideration in training seafarers and industry would benefit from a training tool and programme for its sea-going staff (ACAR, 2011). There has not been a complete attempt and a tool available to promote “Safety Culture” using the past accidents/incidents for the training of seafarers.
This project concerns an innovation development from existing data on accidents/incidents for the creation of a range of scenarios in order to create “Safety Culture” for the education and training of seafarers. The intention of this project is to develop experimental knowledge in order to training seafarers via learning from past accidents and incidents.
The main aims and objectives are:
– To improve safety at sea and at ports by facilitating experimental knowledge and create a knowledge-base of scenarios for training of seafarers
– To develop intelligent exercises based on scenarios created for application in bridge as well as in the full mission simulators
– To assess the learning of users via scenarios developed
The partnership is composed of six major education and training centres, private companies, universities in several EU countries supported by their awarding, accrediting and/or certificating authorities.
Making the revolution
SeaSAFER is an online learning and assessment platform in which selected number of accidents scenarios simulated in an innovative approach. Anyone, anywhere in the world is able to access it via a simple internet connection.
Past accidents are usually presented in long reports (written in legal form) or are rarely used in the training of seafarers. It is that fact that neither many institutions/seafarers have sufficient access to those simulators nor seafarers are not usually able to interpret those long reports to learn from. SeaSAFER believes that each accident e.g. collisions, groundings and near-misses etc.is an opportunity to learn from and to take steps to make sure that the same or similar will not happen repetitively.
SeaSAFER with its effort aims to reduce the accidents and incidents when it is adapted to institutions/organisations “safety culture” programme.
“You can do things in an unsafe way and get away with it. Sometimes, more than once, often, but not always…”
Partners will work towards to having acceptance from major awarding and accreditation bodies and several other universities, SeaSAFER focuses on reducing the future accidents through learning from past accidents, which are presented in an innovative online learning platform. We worked for this unique solution to make sure it is for everyone (institutions, organisations, seafarers) with cheapest (value) and easiest (access) option.
SeaSAFER team works through expanding its simulated accidents with new editions.
It is expected that there will be less accidents and incidents which can be very costly in human life and injury terms and in financial term. During preliminary work conducted by the partners, SeaSAFER platform is considered necessary by seafarers, maritime academies and shipping companies in the EU, the partnership is convinced that EU and national agencies responsible for maritime affairs will be embracing the course in the short term.
Lithuanian Maritime Academy is based in Klaipeda, Lithuania and delivers number of maritime courses to industry.
Lithuanian Maritime Academy (LMA) is a modern leader training maritime professionals for our and international maritime sector and a member of the global maritime and academic community. This constantly improving institution trains highly qualified specialists that meet international standards for the sea and ports in Lithuania and the world. The maritime academy that everyone knows and recognizes is at the same time always changing, offering numerous maritime study programmes, scientific and cultural ideas and projects. Initiative, innovations, openness, maritime culture and traditions – these are the major characteristics of modern-day activity.
MARITIME INNOVATORS is based in Istanbul, Turkey and delivers online solutions for the maritime industry.
Company focuses as a means to deliver develop and deliver innovative solutions to maritime in the area of: E-learning solutions, Competence Based Teaching and Learning Methods and Language teaching and Learning in maritime context.
Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH)
Escola Superior Náutica Infante D. Henrique (ENIDH) is the only Portuguese Maritime College and is located at Paço de Arcos, near Lisbon, Portugal. The College’s mission
statement is “educating and training officers for the national e international Merchant Marine and other graduates for related maritime related activities, such as port management,
transportation and logistics”.
“Nikola Y. Vaptsarov” Naval Academy of Varna
The “Nikola Y. Vaptsarov” Naval Academy of Varna is the only higher education institution in Bulgaria for the maritime officers and managers, both civilian and military. It delivers 3-
cycle study programmes in the field of maritime transportation, management and security & defense
Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy (MBNA)
Mircea cel Batran Naval Academy (MBNA), based in Constanta, Romania is an accredited public institution of polytechnical higher education and scientific research. MBNA operates according to the Romanian law of higher education, undertaking the mission to educate and train specialists for maritime and port industry
IDEC SA is based in Piraeus, Greece and supports its clients with training and consulting services
IDEC’s activities consist of training, management consulting, quality assurance, evaluation and development of ICT solutions for both private and public sector. IDEC has been active the last 25 years in the field of EU projects. It has long experience in European policies regarding lifelong learning and in particular Maritime education, EQF, ECVET, Europass, EQAVET, validation of non-formal and informal learning and in national reforms of education and training systems.
SeaSAFER will develop a range of simulated scenarios using accident or incident reports in an innovative online platform for training of seafarers working in various disciplines.
SeaSAFER especially focus on those aspects of human error in situations which can be corrected through the removal of existing deficiencies in the Maritime Education and Training (MET).
SeaSAFER studies accidents and incidents at sea and turns them into simulated scenarios which will be available online.
Benefits of SeaSAFER,
- Raising seafarers awareness on the accidents that could take place in their vessel hence improvised skills sets of the seafarers
- Easily accessible with lesser costs compared to conventional full mission simulators
- Easier to learn compared to long written accident/incident reports
- Certification option for seafarers in ships accidents recognised in partner countries and European wide
- Recognition for the certificate from independent awarding, accredited and licensing authorities at medium term