Students of Murmansk Marine Fishery College and students of Norwegian upper secondary school in Maloy participated in a project «Blue Ocean/Blue Responsibility»
In October 2019, students of Murmansk Marine Fishery College visited Norway within the project "Blue Ocean/Blue Responsibility". The start-up meeting with students of Måløy upper secondary school was on the first day. During the meeting the students learned about vocational education systems both in Russia and Norway. They also met representatives of the Fishing Industry Union of the North (Russia), the Norwegian Fishermen Association and SALT, an independent consulting company with expertise in marine pollution.
During the SALT workshop the students learned about the methods of registration and analysis of marine litter, in particular, the method "Dypdykk" ("Deep immersion"), got knowledge about the causes and sources of marine litter and its impact on the ecosystem. Beach/shoreline litter registration is the only source of information about the origin of marine litter. Therefore this is very important for the implementation of preventive measures because they are most cost-effective. After learning the theoretical part the students started practicing sorting and found out that the main part of the marine litter was fishing nets, ropes and mooring lines.
Then the participants met representatives of Selstad, a manufacturer of fishing gear for the fishing industry and equipment for the fleet. The company does its best to make sure that their fishing nets are safe for the ecosystem of the water basin where the fishing will take place. During the workshop students knew about the main types of trawls and nets, visited Selstad plant where they observed the process of manufacturing and fishing gear maintenance. Besides, students met representatives of Ervic havfiske company and learned how to design modern vessels from composite materials.
Students were impressed by visiting Easy form. The company tests ship models in a special tank that simulates wave conditions to test the stability and control of ship models. The tank is equipped with a carriage for testing up to 15 m/s for traditional calm water tests and it is also used for seakeeping tests and other tests performed with free-running models.
It includes resistance, propulsion, seakeeping in head and following seas, and directional stability tests with free-running models. Students also got to know how modern small-size vessels are made at Stadt towing tank. The company provides a unique set of tools during the design and development of new high-speed vessels.
During the trip to Måløy students acquired important skills and knowledge about preventing pollution of oceans.