Recently there have been a number of incidents involving drifting ships and offshore structures in the North Sea. Increasing traffic density combined with harsher weather and less experienced crews has led the Norwegian Coastal Administration to focus on improving the skills of personnel on board emergency response vessels operating off the coast of Northern Norway. This is order to reduce the consequences of incidents with disabled vessels sailing in the vulnerable coastal environment of the Norwegian and Barents Seas. In addition to field exercises involving dedicated Norwegian emergency response vessels and different types of vessels made available by shipping companies, training takes place on full mission bridge simulators. As part of an ongoing R&D project, MARINTEK and SMS invite stakeholders to participate in short workshops on topics related to the specification of functional requirements for emergency towing vessels and the sharing of experience from recent emergency towing operations.

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