SMACS Meeting, Cork

On January 14th and 15th 2013, the SMACS partners held a very successful two-day meeting in Cork. Although we had all met in videoconference before the meeting, it was a pleasure to meet everybody face-to-face for the first time. The first day of the meeting was held in the Nimbus Centre on Cork Institute of Technology main campus and the second day in the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork Harbour. In a busy agenda, the partners discussed the work and progress in SMACS, particularly the immediate task of engaging with maritime stakeholders to identify current training provision for Arctic small-craft mariners and the need for further or improved training. The information from this task will be used to shape the design and development of the SMACS Training Programme. Following a very enjoyable meal together in the evening in Cork City, the second day’s work in NMCI focused on a detailed discussion of training needs and delivery methods for different categories of native and visiting Arctic mariners. Following a very interesting tour of the NMCI maritime training facilities, the partners left Cork to return home. A video record of the meeting (which included the wearing of Swedish Sea Rescue Service winter hats!) can be found above.