Activity 06

Development of icebreaker training

Overview

The objective of this activity is to develop a programme and tools for training of icebreakers officers. In the previous WINMOS (1) Action, a training program for ship officers was developed. The focus of the project was mainly on merchant vessels and required skills of the ship officers navigating in ice covered waters. Training of icebreaker officers also needs further development.

Within the next ten years, significant number of most experienced icebreaker officers will retire. Therefore younger officers do not have similar opportunities to practice their skills in ice conditions due to recent warmer winters in the Baltic Sea area. A deeper and more detailed analysis of required motor and cognitive skills and competences need to be done in order to have ability to focus the training on the most important issues.

Sub-Activity 6.1 – Training programme for icebreaker operators

The scope of this sub-activity is to prepare and test a training programme based on tacit knowledge collected through interviewing senior icebreaker officers. A deeper and more detailed analysis of required motor and cognitive skills and competences will be done in order to have ability to focus the training on the most important issues. The training programme developed under the previous WINMOS action for merchant vessel crews and its results will be utilized in parallel and as basis for the training programme developed here, specifically directed at icebreaker officers. The existing software can be used by fine-tuning it to fit the needs for icebreaker captains’ purposes.

Video footage from different icebreaking operations has been recorded onboard icebreaker during season 2016 – 2017. These will be used to create material for the training course.

Sub-Activity 6.2 – Measurement, validation and development of icebreaker specific simulator features

The scope of this sub-activity is to define required full scale measurements and simulator validation methods and further develop specific simulator features in order to enhance the training programme. This will be done based on the information collected in the sub-ctivity activity 6.1.