The long history of Maritime Education and Training encourage the identification of optimal learning curves and subsequent training/education methods in this sector.

Maritime Education and Training (MET) of seafarers was very much “on the job” and long durations of service were required to prove one’s worth. Today, the training of seafarers is still practice-oriented, but much of the basic training is done at nautical vocational or higher educational institutions. The training of seafarers and maritime officers at vessels larger than 500 gross tons is governed by the International Maritime Organization’s Standards for Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW).

In TARG, we are focusing on identify the expected requirements from the seafarers and analyse the current MET in order to abridge the gap.

The project “Improving training methods in an engine room simulator-based training” is now in progress by a master student Lin and a bachelor student Terje, cooperate with the instructor, Bent Moskvil. This study aims to improve training methods in engine room simulator to increase the effectiveness and transferability of skills and knowledge. Observations, questionnaires and interviews will be conducted in order to evaluate students’ performance and knowledge level. The research will focus on the scenario from cold ship condition to start the main engine, which is the foundation of marine engine system knowledge, and also the first approach for students studied in simulator.