The Sea Traffic Management Validation Project has
developed and created a network of interconnected simulator centers in several
EU countries – the European Maritime Simulator Network (EMSN) consisting of
both ship handling bridges and VTS/Shore Centers. This network enables testing
of Sea Traffic Management in complex traffic situations, port approaches,
confined waters as well as other functions, like Search and Rescue, as a safer
alternative to live testing. Several new services such as improved ship to ship
route exchange, Port Call synchronization, enhanced monitoring and navigational
assistance, etc. have been or will be implemented in the simulation testbed and
need to be validated and tested by professional mariners.
Up to 30 ships with manned bridges are expected
to participate in scenarios in the southern Baltic and English Channel with a
limited amount of target vessels reflecting normal conditions for the area in
question. The bridge teams are to navigate their ships according a pre-planned
route and schedule.
Qualifications for test
The simulator bridges are to 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 forming part of the EMSN.
Register for the
simulations in March here: