Using a web-based simulation software in education
Paper in proceedings, 2019
Manoeuvring ships in confined waters is a complex issue and requires extensive education, training and practical experience. Using Seaman Online™, the instructor builds and publishes specific exercises which the students can access by logging in to their account from any computer connected to the internet at any time. After having completed an exercise, students can replay the simulation on an evaluation page where all important manoeuvring data are presented in a graphical and numerical format. There are several areas in ship handling where Seaman Online™ may not only support the student in their training and understanding of the complexity of ship behaviour in various manoeuvring conditions but also their analytical skills. These areas may be categorized into applied hydrodynamics, ship handling using tugs and repetitive training in berthing/un-berthing manoeuvres. On a general level, Seaman Online™ was perceived by the students as a useful complement to the desktop and bridge simulators.