Could introducing simulation into mandatory STCW short course programs be an innovative approach to assessing competence?
Beckett, A and Douglas, M and Gabites, I and Mackrill, P, Could introducing simulation into mandatory STCW short course programs be an innovative approach to assessing competence?, IAMU AGA 15 Looking Ahead Innovation in Maritime Education, Training and Research, 27 - 30 October, Australian Maritime College, Launceston, Tasmania, pp. 186-197. ISBN 978-0-9806391-4-8 (2014) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]
This paper presents an argument that while the International Maritime Organisation, (IMO) has
identified a number of critical factors, including human failures, which continue to cause disruption to
worldwide shipping operations. The paper further accepts that there is supporting evidence that IMO
amendments to conventions such as Safety of Life at Sea, (SOLAS) in 2002 have gone some way to
improving ship-board conditions and operations, and the 2010 amendments to the mandatory training
components of the Standards of Training and Certification for Watchkeepers Convention, (STCW) are
likely continue this record of improved performance. The paper also identifies and argues that there is
a risk for maritime training and education institutions, (MTE) that unless they are prepared to apply a
higher level of assessment when determining an advanced seafarerís level of competence to deal with
significant on-board emergencies, this emerging trend of declining emergency response incidents may
well be reversed. Supporting this argument is a 2013 review, produced in collaboration between
Allianz and Cardiff University acknowledging that while there is evidence of reduction in occurrence
of fire emergency on-board, the subject still remains a high risk factor when compared to the
likelihood of other disruptive events occurring. The paper presents an argument that in order to
prevent a return to past events a MTE will need to become innovative in their approach to training and
assessment, achieved through the introduction of simulation into the STCW mandatory short course
programs, specifically those that deal with emergency situations.
Non Refereed Conference Paper
mandatory, STCW short course, advanced seafarer operations, development, skills and knowledge, innovation, realistic assessment.