SMACS is a collaborative international project under the Northern Periphery Programme of the EU and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund, 2007-2013 Interreg Northern Periphery Programme, ERDF 9th call.
SMACS is a collaborative international project under the Northern Periphery Programme of the EU and is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.
SMACS, will use the combined expertise of the partners in maritime training and search-and-rescue to develop an emergency response and survival training programme and manual focused on the needs of small-craft mariners on commercial, fishing and leisure vessels operating in the harsh Arctic maritime regions.
The programme will develop training packages and e-learning tools using both virtual simulators and practical scenarios, supported by advanced technologies. The training packages will be designed for delivery by local training organisations across the entire NPP region.
SMACs is the first joint project between NMCI research and the Nimbus Centre in Cork Institute of Technology, (CIT).
The total SMACS budget yields 1,184,011.61 €.
Project period: 01/07/2012 - 30/06/2014, duration 2 years.
The primary objective of the SMACS project is the development of a safety and survival training programme specifically focused on the needs of small-craft Arctic mariners. It is currently difficult to access Arctic-specific small-craft training.
Two of the five SMACS partners are engaged in maritime training provision (Cork Institute of Technology, Chalmers University) and three in Arctic Search and Rescue (SSRS, NSSR and ICE-SAR, the maritime search and rescue organisations of Sweden, Norway and Iceland respectively). SMACS also has Associated Partners in Greenland, Norway, Faroes and Ireland.
The Halpin Centre, Maritime Education and Training and Maritime Safety and Security, as the lead partner in SMACS project works in all the work packages but is the managing partner of WP1 and WP4.