MARS-NET 2023-06-08T07:18:10+00:00

NAME OF THE PROJECT: „Maritime Simulators and Training Facilities Network for Enhancing the Exchange of Good Practices and Digital Learning” (MARS-NET)

PROGRAMME: Erasmus+, KA220-VET – Cooperation partnerships in vocational education and training

DURATION: 24 months, 01/02/2022 – 31/01/2024



BENEFICENT OF THE PROJECT: “Mircea cel Batran” Naval Academy (MBNA), Constanta, Romania


MARS-NETproject will aim to achieve a strategic network for joint partners’ facilities and teaching/ learning practices exchange, seeking to obtain by implementation such significant results on following directions:

  • Training skills improvement of the trainers, by good practice exchanges on different simulators offered by the partners, implementing a digital teaching framework for hard skills achievement – harmonized methodology for training resources to be achieved;
  • Dual education enhancement by developing the cadets’ abilities for online training on simulator facilities, using the digital resources in their training, onboard the ships during the cadetship – adaptation of present syllabuses and simulation exercises, building teaching resources for simulating exercises to digitize the teaching and training environment as a valuable supporting feature for “blending learning” methods enhancement;
  • Implementing harmonized training modules in order to value the partners’ experience, facilities and good practices into the network (with an emphasis on the particular aspects of the targeted regions), continuing previous strategic partnership projects as DECOMAR, MARINE, MENTORESS or BLUE4SEAS;
  • Institutional internationalization will be stimulated by organizing different meetings and dissemination events, where the achieved results will be disseminated and shared;
  • The academic and training exchanges between the Baltic Sea region and the South-Eastern area of Europe will be very much stimulated, contributing for harmonization of the training practices, connecting the training facilities in a common network to be jointly valued by the partners;
  • New research methods and research areas of knowledge will be identified, where the simulators to be involved and valued on competitive basis, within the agreed partnership; – the partners will exchange expertise in designing virtual environment and simulation scenarios for navigation and engine room onboard the ships, on simulators, using the partners software and hardware.

“Building the updated pool of competencies for maritime education to improve the value of simulating facilities in maritime education”

10 course syllabuses to be harmonized for selected STCW courses, to value the simulation learning methods on hard and soft skills requirements:

  • Ship Handling and Manoeuvring
  • Cargo handling
  • Navigational Watchkeeping
  • Engine Room Watchkeeping
  • Radar Navigation
  • Maritime Search and Rescue
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Naval Machines and Equipment
  • Naval Communications
  • Celestial Navigation

„Digital media tools to enhance the simulating teaching efficiency in maritime education“

  • 1 guide for best practices in modelling the digital course content to exchange good practices in building the digital materials, as to be forth commonly used in exchange programmes implemented among the partners.
  • 1 evaluation/assessment guide for simulation courses in maritime education will be conceived to facilitate the common practices implementation on hard skills courses, solving a great issue faced among the partners in reference to the simulation facility usage.
  • 5 common harmonized course/seminar digital materials.
  • 25 video tutorial materials for simulating classes instructions will be prepared.

„Virtual digital campus for teachers, researchers and students“

– 1 virtual network for teachers/experts/ and 1 virtual collaborative e-campus for teachers and researchers.

– 1 video conference system.

5 subject shall to be uploaded on the platform available to facilitate the dual education system for cadets onboard the ships -each partner will be responsible for one course, as assigned in O2:

  •         Ship Handling and Manoeuvring (Navigation simulator) – RNA;
  •         Navigational Watchkeeping (Navigation simulator) – PNA;
  •         Radar Navigation (Navigation simulator) – NVNA;
  •         Engine Room Watchkeeping (Engine Room Simulator) – PRU;
  •         Cargo handling (Cargo handling Simulator) – LMA.

„Joint scientific research partnership for building a more efficient and effective teaching learning environment based on simulation facilities“

  • 5 research studies on simulating environment efficiency and effectiveness for maritime education and training
  • Class leadership and methods to overcome the limits of virtual education – PRU;
  • Evaluation methods for students on learning by simulating environment – PNA;
  • Virtual scenarios development – NVNA;
  • Leadership studies on bridge team management using the simulators – LMA;
  • Research study about connecting solution of simulating facilities of partners (academic network of simulators) – RNA.

„Virtual webinar tools to enhance the digitization of learning materials in Maritime Higher Education“

  • 250 students and 20 teachers will be virtually enrolled in digital classes, to support the developing of the digital content materials.
  • 5 digital courses, fully covered with harmonized curriculum (O1), teaching materials (O2) and online available resources (O3), digitally developed in virtual manner to stimulate the cadetship dual system programs, the virtual mobility of international students and the digitization of simulating classes.
  • For each online course 10 students x 5 partners = 50 students will be enrolled.
  • For each module digital resource learning: 7 topics /2hrs+ 7 seminars/2hrs – recorded online (capture) + 5 video tutorials (laboratory) to be filmed in the simulator – to be uploaded via