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Challenges of Simulation Training for Future Engineering Seafarers - A Qualitative Case Study


Emad, G and Kataria, A, Challenges of Simulation Training for Future Engineering Seafarers - A Qualitative Case Study, Human Factors in Transportation, AHFE International, K Plant and G Praetoriu (ed), New York, pp. 647-656. ISBN 9781958651360 (2022) [Research Book Chapter]


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DOI: doi:10.54941/ahfe1002501


Maritime transportation is currently in a transitional period to an impending autonomous future. To that end, novel technologies are increasingly being introduced on-board ships and their engine rooms. At the same time, advancements in digitalization and automation are progressively replacing and reducing the number of marine engineers on-board. Consequently, with increasing automation in machinery spaces and unmanned engine rooms, the role of the marine engineers has been altered to that of monitoring and oversight. The substantial changes in the nature of tools and job description of the marine engineers necessitate the re-assessment and revision of their training and pedagogy. Currently, the simulator is a powerful tool in the training and development of marine operators. Although the literature review reveals some interest in marine engineering simulation training, however, there is a lack of attention to remote and cloud-based simulation training as part of blended learning. This study reveals that imparting marine engineering simulation training online is not free from challenges. This study reports the findings from a qualitative study of marine engineering simulation training, conducted as part of a larger ethnographic study on developing maritime competence. The study utilizes the socio-historical, context-dependent framework of the Activity System (AS) to analyze marine engineering simulation training. The study reveals issues with cloud-based marine engineering simulation training. Firstly, cloud-based training is not seamless to access. Secondly, not all features present in the desktop simulation are present in the cloud version. Thirdly the cloud-based platform affords limited feedback in comparison to the desktop version. Fourthly, cloud-based simulation training does not support peer learning. An understanding of the challenges of cloud-based marine engineering simulation training will help address these concerns. Furthermore, it will facilitate the competence development of marine engineers as they work in increasingly automated workspaces in the transition to autonomous ship operations.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:maritime education and training, simulation training, cloud-based simulation, competence development, marine engineers, autonomous shipping
Research Division:Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Research Group:Transportation, logistics and supply chains
Research Field:Maritime transportation and freight services
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Learner and learning
Objective Field:Professional development and adult education
UTAS Author:Emad, G (Dr Reza Emad)
UTAS Author:Kataria, A (Ms Aditi Kataria)
ID Code:151574
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:Seafaring and Maritime Operations
Deposited On:2022-08-01
Last Modified:2022-09-01
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