ACCSEAS Training Needs Analysis Report

This report is the final deliverable report for the research responsibilities under Work Package 4 of the ACCessibility for Shipping, Efficiency Advantages and Sustainability (ACCSEAS) research project and pertains to the Training Needs Analysis with respect to ACCSEAS candidate solutions. It is a compilation of the empirical research work undertaken for identifying the gaps in training pertaining to novel e-Navigation candidate solutions developed in the course of the ACCSEAS project.

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The report features 6 chapters, each contributing to a facet of identifying the state of the art of e-Navigation training and the work with respect to engagement with training providers (instructors), end users (seafarers and pilots) and the shipping industry. Training needs analysis of ACCSEAS candidate solutions have revealed that no additional training courses are envisaged and that training for ACCSEAS candidate solutions should be incorporated within existing training regimes, for instance with Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) courses. Training would need to include the menu items and unique features of the functionality along with intelligent filtering options to manage information and optimal use of the candidate solution. Limitations of the functionalities should be included in the training and simulation based training is considered beneficial to allow the trainees to explore the use of candidate solutions in near real life situations to comprehensively convey the potential offered by the developed candidate solutions. The report commences with an introduction to the rationale behind the study and delineates the research roles and responsibilities in Work Package 4. Chapter 2 of the report provides an overview of the research methodology and the multipronged approach followed in the study. E-Navigation training has been covered from multiple perspectives. In the first instance the view from the IMO on e-Navigation training is provided along with an overview of the courses on offer and the identification of the course content. Input from instructors is obtained with the help of semi structured qualitative research interviews to engage training providers. Further research interviews are conducted with 21 end-users (including navigators, engineer officers and pilots).

Furthermore an online questionnaire was designed and hosted to receive responses from end users which have been analysed and presented. A research workshop was also conducted to engage with participants, including those from the industry. Observations were undertaken and researchers participated in debriefing sessions of simulator studies undertaken in Flensburg, University of Applied Sciences, Flensburg, Germany and Chalmers Institute of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden. Chapter 3 on the Training Needs Analysis, identifies the input from the diverse stakeholders and discusses the research findings in depth. Chapter 4 provides the research output in terms of research papers and articles that have emerged and showcase the dissemination work undertaken to date. Chapter 5 provides case studies of selected ACCSEAS candidate solutions and reflectively discusses the future evolution in the provision of novel technologies including emergent technologies in the e-Navigation domain. Chapter 6 provides a sample of draft training material for a training module with integrated simulation based exercise on the use of dynamic predictions. Chapter 7 concludes the report and provides overall appropriate recommendations as identified.

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