Identifying the training needs for Canada's marine industry that may be met by a marine ship handling simulator

Hesp, Rodney G. (1994) Identifying the training needs for Canada's marine industry that may be met by a marine ship handling simulator. Masters thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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Abstract

This study was concerned with obtaining the opinions of Canadian mariners as to the appropriate training which may be offered through the use of the new ship handling simulator facility established in St. John's Newfoundland, In 1987 funding was approved through the Canada- Newfoundland Offshore Development agreement for an advanced ship handling simulator facility to train Canadian mariners and to enhance safety at sea. -- A questionnaire was distributed to Canadian mariners seeking their opinions as to the training needs. One hundred and twenty-seven questionnaires were distributed to mariners by the researcher and forty-two questionnaires were delivered to marine colleges, Canadian Coast Guard centres and shipping companies for further unrestricted distribution, two hundred and one questionnaires were returned. The study identified five sectors of the marine industry as distinct and asked respondents to associate with one of these sectors which were Great Lake shipping, Fishing, Oil exploration, Coastal shipping (ferries etc.) and General shipping (including Coast Guard ). The questionnaire was limited to those mariners who had attended a radar simulator course, this was achieved by restricting the distribution to those with a minimum certification level. -- The questionnaire addressed training needs established through informal discussions with Canadian mariners in addition to the review of training being offered, at the time of the survey, at ship handling simulator facilities in other countries. The sections on the questionnaire were ship handling, navigation, emergencies, bridge team work, offshore petroleum, fishing, navigation in ice and specialized tasks. In addition, respondents were offered the opportunity to submit related comments. -- Respondents were asked to complete all sections of the questionnaire making the assumption that the required technology of the ship handling simulator would facilitate such training. From the analysis of the data the high number of undecided responses indicated either a lack of knowledge in the specific sections of the questionnaire such as fishing and ice navigation or a limited concept of ship handling simulation. The majority of questions received support as being appropriate training for Canadian mariners. Those questions which indicated some doubt were further analyzed by the sector represented, role within the industry and familiarity with ship handling simulators. Of the total respondents to the questionnaire over fifty percent had attended a course or visited a ship handling simulator facility. -- The specific content for training programs has been clearly established, in addition Canadian mariners indicated that such training should be made available to all sectors of the industry and that training on a ship handling simulator must be complementary too and not a substitute for ship board experience.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
URI: http://research.library.mun.ca/id/eprint/5053
Item ID: 5053
Additional Information: Bibliography: leaves 104-108.
Department(s): Education, Faculty of
Date: 1994
Date Type: Submission
Library of Congress Subject Heading: Navigation--Study and teaching; Merchant mariners--Training of; Ship handling--Simulation methods

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