Navigating in challenging ice conditions requires special skills and experience. Simulator training in realistic like environment and time frames with real equipment enables learning practical skills that are based on hands on doing, opportunities for experimenting, safe error making and repetition of best practices. A realistic simulator environment provides opportunities for professional development when training is challenging in practice and/or at sea.
The Arctic Simulator Training Program (ASTP) is developing a next-generation simulator for demanding winter and ice conditions. The objective is to provide high-quality training for navigating and handling a vessel in harsh winter conditions, icebreaker operations and escort towing. The simulator utilizes decades of ice data collected by Aker Arctic. The development work is carried out in cooperation with professionals from seafaring, winter navigation, training and simulation development as well as mathematical simulation.
The IMO International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code) is expected to enter into force on January 1st, 2017 that addresses ship design, construction and equipment, operational and training concerns, SAR and the protection of the unique environment of the polar regions. A part of ASTP project has been to develop a training program to meet the needs of Polar Code combined with high-level simulator training in demanding ice conditions.
Novia University of Applied Sciences