Maritime Standardized Simulator Training Exercises Register (MASSTER)

Duration: 01.01.1996 – 31.10.1998 (34 months)

Coordination: Institute of Ship Operation, Maritime Transport and Simulation, Germany

Partners: Instituto Superior Técnico (Portugal), Maritime Simulation Centre (The Netherlands), Warsash Maritime Centre (United Kingdom), VTT Manufacturing Technology (Finland), Danish Maritime Institute (Denmark), Marine Safety International Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

Funding Entity: EU - Programme TRANSPORT

Simulation technology is developing rapidly with consequences for the cost of training and technology application. The need for simulator-based training for seafarers is well recognised. The new regulations of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping, as revised in 1995 (STCW 95), are generally welcomed as an important step toward the worldwide introduction of simulator technology into the education and training of seafarers. With the entry into force of the STCW 95 convention in February 1997 the pressure is on to meet radically changed training requirements. Within this context the European Commission is turning in attention to the harmonisation of simulator training. The MASSTER project has four main objectives: 1. To establish a register of standardised simulator training exercises suitable for STCW 95 related training and human element-related training. 2. To provide the methodology for additional scenario development. 3. To develop tools for assessing training scenarios. To investigate new simulation technologies and procedures with a view to establishing their feasibility to meet specific training objectives and related tasks.

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