Associate professor Salman Nazir leading the workshop
Associate professor Salman Nazir leading the workshop

- Need for cooperation and mutual understanding

Leading researchers from the maritime training and assessment scene in Europe met for a second workshop.

According to associate professor Salman Nazir, who organized the workshop, the gathering worked out even better than expected.

- Indeed, says Salman Nazir and continues;

- Several challenges in the world of training of maritime and process industries were identified with reflection towards possible solutions. The practitioners (Ed Corbett from Maersk Training, Linda J. Sørensen from BW Fleet Management, BW Gas AS) have appreciated the contents and focus of the workshop, says the associate professor.

For Nazir it is not of particular importance to get as many people as possible joining the workshop.

- It is not about filling the room; it is about having the persons here that are interesting in our field of research, to find solutions in training and assessment. That is why we call this a workshop, not a conference.

Resolving the foregoing challenges

Salman Nazir explains that there is a need for cooperation and mutual understanding between the academia/researchers and practitioners, and that the workshop is aimed at long-term cooperation among academics and practitioners.

- This workshop can hopefully help resolving the foregoing challenge. It is expected that discussions on these topics, during the workshop, will lead to possible solutions to existing challenges and highlight recent challenges in relevant domains, says Nazir, and points to some of the expected outcomes of the workshop:

  • Recent demands and challenges in the development of training
  • Cooperation between academia/researchers and practitioners/industries
  • Lectures by leading experts in order to gain insight into followings:
    • Advances in Training Methods
    • Evaluation of Training
    • Gap between current training practices and tasks handled by seafarers/operators
    • Safety Training
    • Bridge Resource Management
    • DP Training and certification
    • Performance assessment

Several potential outcomes

Apart from external collaborations and cooperations this workshop has enabled internal cooperations. For instance, cooperation with Department of Maritime Studies (IMAR) as well as long-term collaboration have been developed with Sanda Knutson.

The Training and Assessment Research Group (TARG), which is lead by the main organizer of the workshop, Associate Prof. Salman Nazir, have officially initiated the collaboration with leading scientist on training, Prof. Annette Kluge from Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany.

- As it has been observed in the past, the lack of interaction between academics and practitioners have refrained the implementation of tools/solutions from one domain to the other. The cooperation between Department of Maritime Technology and Innovation MTDI and Kongsberg is reinforced with the workshop. Opportunities of shared master students as well as submission of project applications are under the pipeline, says Salman Nazir enthusiastically.

Many questions to be answered

Even though the two workshops have been very fruitful, there are still questions to be answered.

Salman Nazir explains:

- New technologies, automated devices, and computerized systems have improved the overall productivity and efficiency of systems, nevertheless, have also brought new challenges to individuals and teams. The roles and goals of human within systems have transformed in various dimensions, which require new skills, competence and knowledge to be instilled (possibly) through effective training programs within organizations to cope with the increasing complexity of modern systems.

- The impact of training and competence development activities has been well studied, with research consistently indicates its significance on the improvement of adaptability, productivity, efficiency as well as the overall safety. However, several questions are still unanswered for instance how the training methods were designed in first place, what is the transferability of training from the sophisticated training simulators, what should be the frequency of re-training, how to objectively analyse the performance assessment, and so on, says the associate professor.