A new educational project at the Maritime University of Szczecin - SMARTSEA

The Maritime University of Szczecin has received funding from the ERASMUS program for the SMARTSEA project, which it will carry out in cooperation with 10 European partners for the next 3 years.

Project aims

The Surveying & MARiTime internet of thingS EducAtion (SMARTSEA) project aims to develop an advanced interactive certified MSc course related to Maritime & Surveyor IoT applications that will train individuals with the necessary skills & knowledge to work in the rising “Smart Maritime & Surveying” industry. The course is also formulated to stimulate transversal competences such as the increased sense of initiative & entrepreneurship. The course is designed to follow the European Credit Transfer & Accumulation System (ECTS) credit standards for certification recognition across the EU.

The innovative curriculum comprises of interactive teaching methods & partnerships with expert academic & maritime organizations in order to give to the students a solid background for starting a fruitful career in the industry. The course duration is 8 months, plus a 1-month maritime (on the job) experience, a month after the end of the teaching period. During the execution of the course, 3 mobility periods are programmed. For the first two (14-day) periods the students & educators from one university will travel to the other and vice-versa, to participate in the large-scale laboratories, whereas the 3rd period (1 month) is reserved for the maritime on-the-job training.

Although the course will be taught in English, local language lessons will be provided to enable the participants to immerge in the local culture during the exchange periods. The course will be open for participation for anyone with a basic marine, electrical or mechanical technical background. Priority will be given according to their academic performance. In the case of equivalent academic level, participants from less advantaged socio-economic backgrounds (including refugees, asylum seekers & migrants) will be preferred. .

Participation of the Maritime University of Szczecin

The activities of Maritime University of Szczecin are strongly connected with the project. The University has many years of experience in training and certification of seafarers in the field of navigation, ship operation and the use of navigation devices.

The Maritime University has many simulators to train sailors, such as manoeuvring simulator, ARPA simulator, LNG ship simulator, simulator to model oil spills. The Maritime University also conducts ECDIS trainings. MUS also has its own training ship, where seagoing practices are held both for navigators and mechanics.

Maritime University of Szczecin will participate in curriculum design, preparation of teaching materials, and development of configurable training sets for laboratories. They will be responsible for the operational organisation of the student mobility project and for the accommodation of students during their summer internships in Poland.

The main reason for the project

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a network of physical “smart” devices (applicable in vessels, vehicles, buildings, factories etc) embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators, that allow interconnectivity between these devices & data exchange. Over the past 5 years this new technology has grown rapidly and has found applications ranging from people whose devices monitor health and wellness to manufacturers that utilize sensors to optimize the maintenance of equipment and protect the safety of workers.

It is expected that by 2025, IoT may reach a total potential market impact of up to $11.1 trillion. Large shipping corporations are already investing heavily in enabling IoT technology solutions in their fleet to improve transparency, safety, and cost efficiency by optimising procedures, maintenance & energy efficiency. Shipowners are set to spend an average of $2.5m, each, on Internet of Things (IoT) solutions over the next three years. In addition, the marine surveying infrastructure transformation through IoT technologies is expected to enable the shipping industry, port authorities or environmental agencies, to inspect shipping assets, offshore structures, waterways & ensure compliance with various standards or specifications. In contrast, formal Maritime & Surveying IoT training on development, installation, service, maintenance & sustainability awareness is at its infancy, especially in the European Union.