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International Conference Summed Up 5-Year MARPART-MAN Project Activities


The results of the 5-year research within international project were summarised at the conference in the following areas:

− navigation and risks in the Arctic
− scientific cooperation and partnership in safety and readiness for emergency improvement in the Arctic
− management of complex SaR and oil spills elimination operations
− development of competences, training programmes and organisation of exercises in the Arctic

The Associate Professor of Navigation of "Marine Academy" Institute Alexander Suslov made the report "Training and Exercise Schemes for Key Personnel in the Arctic Maritime Environment" in which the review of the educational programmes and training courses for preparation realized in the countries of the Arctic zone was given. Despite the efficiency of measures, undertaken by the international marine community, there are certain difficulties in certain competences development, such as: navigation and ship handling in severe ice conditions, use of radar information for ice accumulations parameters determination, providing effective radio communication. To solve the specified tasks it is necessary, firstly, to eliminate contradictions in the acts drafted by different departments and regulating the training process of seamen working on the vessels plying in high latitudes. Secondly, it is important to reach the high level of interaction between the educational organizations, both nationally and internationally. And it is also important to improve the mathematical models applied in exercise simulators.

Päivi Mattila, the Head of the Security Research Programme from Laurea University of Applied Sciences (Finland) presented new methods of automated competences evaluation with the help of artificial intelligence. Nataly Marchenko, senior researcher of the University center in Svalbard (Norway) demonstrated the geographic information system in use which accumulates information on sea accidents of different character, methods of analytical data application of this system for risk assessment of accidents in the Arctic.

All conference participants unanimously highlighted the importance and vital need of the international cooperation between the services participating in rescue operations at the sea and the academic community that will allow to increase the level of seamen and sea rescuers training and also efficiency of response in case of accident.

The programme conference gave an opportunity to visit the call centres and headquarters of rescue and fire fighting brigade and regional police station of Albertmyra and to get acquainted with training of RCC (rescue coordination center) coordinators in NORDLAB (computer simulator laboratory) based in Nord University.