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Small Craft Emergency Response and Survival Training for Arctic Conditions 9.1
http://www.smacs-npp-project.eu/
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Description

Climate change is making ever larger areas of the Arctic maritime region accessible for small craft in the fishing, tourism and leisure sectors. However, the Arctic still remains a hazardous region for inadequately prepared mariners. Climate change is altering weather and ice patterns and creating new dangers which is posing new challenges to all mariners in the region.. Growing large vessel activity in the  tourism, cargo, mining and oil exploration sectors  presents additional  hazards to the safe  navigation of small craft. There is therefore an urgent need for safety and emergency response training for Arctic mariners. However, while such  training is regulated and widely available for large vessel crew, this is not the situation for small craft mariners who find it  more  difficult to access Arctic-specific training. The EU-funded SMACS Project aims to fill this gap, and to make the Arctic a safer location for small craft maritime activity, by developing a safety and emergency response training programme specifically focused on the needs of small craft mariners.

SMACS - Small Craft Emergency Response and Survival Training for Arctic Conditions - is a collaborative international project under the Northern Periphery Programme (www.northernperiphery.eu) of the EU and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund. It is a two-year project (started October 2012) and its primary objective is the development of a safety and survival training programme for small-craft Arctic mariners. The SMACS Training Programme will be made available free of charge to all training providers after the end of the project. Three of the five SMACS partners are engaged in maritime training provision (Cork Institute of Technology in Ireland, Chalmers University in Sweden and MSSTC in Iceland) and two in Arctic Search and Rescue (SSRS and NSSR, the maritime search and rescue organisations of Sweden and Norway respectively). SMACS also has Associated Partners in Greenland, Norway, Faroes and Ireland.

Further information is available on the SMACS website www.smacs-project.eu. The SMACS partners are particularly interested in hearing the views of the small craft community internationally and invite you to complete the SMACS online survey at http://www.smacs-project.eu/?q=survey .

The SMACS partners are:

 

The SMACS Associated Partners are the Greenlandic Department of Housing, Infrastructure and Transport (www.nanoq.gl), Maritimt Forum Nord (http://maritimt-forum.no/nord-norge/), Trygdarmiðstøðin (www.seasafe.fo) and Seftec Ltd., www.seftec.ie.

Synopsis:
SMACS will use the combined expertise of the partners in maritime training and search-and-rescue to develop an emergency response and survival training programme and manual focused on the needs of small-craft mariners on commercial, fishing and leisure vessels operating in the Harsh Arctic Maritime Regions.. The programme will develop training pack... More...
Aim & Objectives:
Background In maritime emergencies, fast, efficient responses can make the difference between survival and disaster, especially in the harsh arctic environment. For crew of large vessels, emergency response training is mandatory and training is widely available internationally which includes advanced training using both virtual and practical simul... More...
Expected Outcomes:
The primary deliverable of SMACS is an integrated maritime training programme for small craft emergency response, survival and SAR in the Arctic regions. The training programme will be enhanced by the use of virtual simulators, practical simulators and electronic technologies for mariner monitoring. The programme will be designed to be suitable for... More...
Reported Outcomes:
March 2015 The SMACS project objective was summarised as follows in the project proposal: “SMACS will use the combined expertise of the partners in maritime training and search-and-rescue to develop an emergency response and survival training programme and manual focused on the needs of small-craft mariners on commercial, fi... More...
Details
Priority: 1. Promoting innovation and competitiveness in remote and peripheral areas
Objective: ii. Accessibility
Theme: Marine, maritime, coastal zones, waterways

Total Budget: € 954 167.76
Total Funding Request: € 519 270.79

Start Date: 01/10/2012
End Date: 30/09/2014

Desk Officer Kirsti Mijnhijmer
Partnership
Lead Partner
Cork Institute of Technology, Ireland
Mr. John Barrett
+353 21 4335565
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Partners
ICE-SAR , Iceland



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