Yesterday Capt. Hilmar Snorrason, Principal, Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre ICE-SAR (Skólastjóri Slysavarnaskóla sjómanna), Reykjavik, Iceland and his team had a meeting with 20 fishermen on small boats at the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre (Slysavarnaskóli sjómanna) about SMACS. These fishermen where participating in refresher course in basic safety and survival which they need to do every five years.
The discussions were about the questions that are raised in the SMACS survey. Of the items that were discussed were guidance on clothing, heaters, iceing, freezing inlets, etc.
This training provided by the Maritime Safety and Survival Training Centre ICE-SAR (Skólastjóri Slysavarnaskóla sjómanna) in Iceland is critical for these fishermen who have to deal with treacherous sea conditions on a daily basis. The training allows the mariners to go about their work with confidence and provides the knowledge that may save their lives or the lives of a shipmate.
Meetings with experienced fishermen such as these produces the detailed information required for the SMACS team to develop high quality training programs later in the SMACS project. This will allow others to benefit from their knowledge and ultimately save lives in the Arctic waters.