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Simulator expert becomes professor at Chalmers

Hans Hederström has become professor of practice at the Division of Maritime Studies. He is considered one of the world's foremost authorities in using the team-based approach and simulation for maritime education.

A strong wind blows fro​m the northwest. Ship traffic is intense, visibility is poor and there is energetic activity on the large container ship bridge. A smaller fishing vessel suddenly emerges from the haze, dangerously close to the bow and there is a risk of collision. Suddenly the lights come on and the simulation is aborted. The students who have been at the bridge simulator are given strategic tips for the next run on the artificial ocean located on solid ground at Lindholmen.

Before sea captains and engineers are ready for work at sea, it has become common practice for them to undergo rigorous safety training, using highly sophisticated simulators, which can mimic many different operations at sea and in port performed on a real ship. Manoeuvring takes place in various weather and environments, including in areas with limited space. Also, it is possible to simulate different types of vessels such as tugs, high-speed vessels and all types of merchant vessels.

Hans Hederström is one of the most reputable experts in maritime navigation and safety and played a key leadership role in the design of a new Csmart Academy, the world's largest simulator centre located in the Netherlands, which provides annual training to an estimated 7,000 bridge, engineering, electrical and deck officers. He will now become professor of practice at Chalmers.

“To proactively manage safety, we needed a paradigm shift in how we trained our people – from generic courses to programs focused on a team-based, or function-based approach, tailored on competency frameworks and evidence from operational data trends,” says Hans Hederström.

Cruise collaboration

Hans Hederström will, among other things, act as a strategic and operational sounding board for the division's researchers and teachers as well as teach the sea captain students in specific subjects linked to the cruise industry. The overall goal of Chalmers is to, with his expertise and guidance, improve command training for future cruise commanders and further strengthen the research toward sustainable shipping that is conducted today.

“At Lindholmen in Gothenburg, we have Sweden's largest simulator centre for maritime education. Hans will be a huge asset for the continued development of our work and at the same time, we will further assure the quality of our education,” says Angela Hillemyr, Head of the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.

In 2008, Hans established and led Csmart Academy, the underlying force behind Hans Hederström's employment at Chalmers. In January 2019, Hederström passed the baton of Managing Director to RAdm Bill Truelove.

“We are very proud to partner with Chalmers University and to be given the opportunity to add value to the learning experience of its students through the Carnival Chair, while sharing best practices from the cruise industry. Captain Hans Hederström has been instrumental in the creation of Csmart Academy and a global leader in professional maritime training. The partnership between Carnival Corporation and Chalmers will strengthen our relationship and supports the mutual commitment to enhancing maritime safety,” says Bill Truelove, Managing Director for Carnival Corporation’s Csmart Academy.​​


Text: Anders Ryttarson Törneholm​

Published: Wed 04 Dec 2019.