- In South Africa we want to ensure that our seafarers are globally competent and first class, states mechanical engineering teacher Howard Theunissen from Nelson Mandela University (NMU) in South Africa. NMU coordinates the project where marine engineer and sea captain education in three European and three South African higher educational establishments is developed.
– A totally unmanned ship is still far away, says Sauli Ahvenjärvi. Nothing happens very fast as seafaring is heavily regulated internationally. Responsibility issues form a big deal: if there is no captain on board, who is responsible – software manufacturer or shipping company?
SAMK's maritime simulator centre is updated to meet the requirements of, for example, dynamic positioning, operations at offshore and navigation in icy conditions.
The International Association of Maritime Universities (IAMU) had an annual meeting in October. SAMK was elected for its International Executive Board for years 2018–2019.
SAMK maritime dynamic positioning training has been accredited again. This allows us to train personnel to maintain given position or to control vessel moves using DP- system on offshore worksites where water depths are unreachable for anchors.
For the first time, an avenue to continue studies in the same field opens up for students who have completed Bachelor's in Maritime Engineering. Conducted in English, SAMK's Degree Programme in Maritime Management starts in 2017.
Small ports feature several safety risks. These risks can be reduced to a minimum with small changes in protocol.
An international award on safety in seafaring in 2016 has been granted for the project group working in the Seahorse project. SAMK is the only award winner in Northern Europe.
Elizabeth Mabakeng did her mechanical engineering internship in Rauma. The third year engineering student of Namibia University of Technology is interested in the possibility to work in various fields. Her dream is to work as chief engineer on board.
SAMK has trained Namibian seafarers since 2012. Now, we will continue with the most important sectors for the county’s development: logistics, technology, welfare and business.