Press Release: The Operator-Centred Enhancement of Awareness in Navigation Project (OCEAN Project)

29 May 2024 Institute News

Enhancing Maritime Education and Training: The OCEAN Project in collaboration with The Nautical Institute launches innovative free training videos.

The Operator-Centred Enhancement of Awareness in Navigation Project, known as OCEAN Project, in collaboration with The Nautical Institute, is thrilled to announce the release of a series of seven free training videos designed to elevate Maritime Education and Training (MET) standards. These videos address evolving gaps in navigational awareness and maritime safety, providing mariners with the tools they need to navigate today’s dynamic and technologically advanced maritime environment.

The OCEAN Project is an initiative funded by the European Union, focused on augmenting navigator’s capabilities to improve safety, reduce incidents, and mitigate whale strikes.

Part of the initiative is dedicated to advancing maritime education and training by addressing gaps in current maritime navigation practices and providing innovative, high-quality resources to enhance the skills and knowledge of maritime professionals worldwide.

The project consortium comprises 13 members from 7 European countries: Norway, Greece, Spain, Denmark, Portugal, Ireland, and the UK.

Through a collaborative and comprehensive approach, this part of the project aims to shape the future of maritime training in alignment with emerging trends and technological advancements.
Bridging training gaps with cutting edge resources

The OCEAN Project's free training videos were developed in response to identified knowledge gaps between industry best practice and minimum training standards and represent a significant advancement in maritime training, promoting industry best practice. Through extensive academic research, interviews, surveys, and workshops, the project pinpointed areas where existing MET could be enhanced to better prepare seafarers for contemporary challenges.
Seven Key Focus Areas

  1. Automatic Identification System (AIS) Reliance in Maritime Navigation: Addressing the complexities of AIS usage and emphasizing the need for better understanding.
  2. Protecting Whales from Ship Strikes: Promoting sustainable navigational practices to prevent ship-whale collisions.
  3. Visual Perception; Empowering Situational Awareness in Navigation: Improving seafarers’ ability to interpret and understand their visual environment for better situational awareness.
  4. Understanding Situational Awareness: Focusing on the understanding of situational awareness to ensure decision making.
  5. Effective Communication: Highlighting the importance of clear and effective communication in diverse and dynamic maritime settings.
  6. Assertiveness and Leadership: Introducing techniques and strategies for effective leadership and assertiveness in maritime operations.
  7. Raising Awareness on Human-Centred Design and Ergonomics: Advocating for better design and ergonomics to enhance safety and efficiency on board.

Engaging and Informative Training Tools

These free training videos are designed to be both engaging and informative, blending storytelling with real-life scenarios, high-quality visuals, and practical examples. They aim to captivate the maritime audience while delivering essential knowledge and insights effectively.
Accessible Anytime, Anywhere

The training videos are available on the OCEAN Project’s website and on OCEAN Project’s You Tube channel, ensuring easy access for mariners, companies, MET institutions, Flag States, and industry stakeholders. These platforms allow for quick distribution, automatic updates, and the ability to reach a global audience. The training videos can also be downloaded for offline viewing, ensuring accessibility even without internet access.
Promoting Safety and Efficiency

By integrating these resources into their training programs, maritime professionals can enhance their preparedness for contemporary challenges, improve safety and efficiency, and foster a culture of continuous improvement and collaboration.

Official launch webinar

The training videos will be launched during a webinar at 9.30 – 11.00 BST on 29 May. Click here to register for the webinar.