Title Stress on Ship
Project Number 539223-LLP-1-2013-1-IT-LEONARDO-LMP
Project Type Development of Innovation
Country EU-Centralised Projects
The project has an innovative character with its goal to develop a training programme for stress recognition and management at sea by converging expertises and experiences of maritime institutions at different levels. The result won't be just a theoretical programme: it will be actually verified by those who feel the unease of working on board on merchant ships through ad actual application in a training course, followed by a practical testing on board of ships.
The training programme,that will be the main project product, will be designed to be used within the European context of "lifelong learning" by schools and maritime companies, to train students and already-employed staff (as part of in-service training) in order to equip them with necessary qualifications to cope with their own and others' stress.
Actually, the ordinary situation a sea worker is used to live in it's not a comfortable one. No real change between workplace and home. There’s one name for both: ship. A small place floating, most of the time, in the middle of an infinity of nothing.
There the maritime worker is. There he has to stay, at least until the end of the trip. And in the ship he is plunged in a babel of people, with different habits and languages.
Put in these uncomfortable e psychologically pressing condition, the sea worker, especially when high-ranked as the officers, bears on his shoulders the responsibilities for high-value goods, people’s lives, and for the ship itself.
He should be able to manage at the same time the complex and delicate mechanism called “ship”, with everything it carries, and the personnel under his responsibilities. He tries to perform in environment and conditions that ease the uprising of stress statuses. And stress is his enemy number one: when it raises, if not kept under control, it lowers and deteriorates attention, concentration, awareness, management skills, care for safety.
Not by case, statistics and studies by major maritime international institutions recognize in this kind of “human element” the cause of most of the accidents at sea, but not only. It is also one of the main reasons for sea professionals to early quit their career, depleting the entire sector of valiant human resources, and preventing the maritime entrepreneurs to make long-term investments on reliable professionals. With “reliable” meant as being able to check and recognize, in himself and in the others, arising stress statutes, and having tools to manage and solve them in time.
Summarizing: S.O.S. project aims to create such tools as a targeted training programme.
Seafaring secondary schools, universities, academies, training centers across Europe want to ensure that the maritime students and employees are aware of the security of international rules, will not know until the most microscopic detail all the technical terms about the menu, the severity of the motor, load, ship-specific nomenclature and language , radar, communications, security, port procedures, and so on. The whole educational system to students and seafarers of all ranks, in all countries, supplying a huge range of opportunity to learn about high performance working on board. But no education everywhere is structurally dedicated to teach how to check the resulting stress and face it.
Many studies have been developed on around the world, but despite a number of institutional recommendations, they have never been changed to a specific training program. The idea is to put together this huge scientific and academic excellence, the main European academic experiences and studies on the subject, and the major actors and stakeholders in the sector. Such an association must be made to build, 30 months, new training maritime students and employees. aim of the training program is to give them the tools to recognize stress caused and to manage it, to avoid the bad effects of functioning of normal work. Programme tested in a small pilot group of maritime students and maritime workers, which will then be monitored work on a ship.
So, at the end of the project, marine schools, universities, academies, training centers, shipping companies and all end-users of maritime students and employees, has been tested and quality-assessed new training program to meet the leader in on demand Maybe more conductive than those associated with all other technical topic: Demand for the crew on board except skilled in their specific tasks, but also the ability to control, tame and manage their own "human factor" when it comes to threaten the safety, effectiveness and careers.
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Product information S.O.S. project is planned to release several products, all supporting the main one: a targeted and actually tested training programme on stress recognition and management on board ships.