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Mentoring Seafarers Project


Exploring mentoring for education and wellbeing in the international shipping industry.

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Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) Project 

Port aerial shot

Investigating tools and technologies to reduce the carbon footprint of small- to medium-sized ports and marinas.

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Exploring digital network models for museums-university partnerships.

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Stand Together

A living exhibition developed with artist-in-residence Kev Munday.

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Supporting Troubled Families

An academic evaluation of Hampshire County Council's STF project.

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Project Sea Traffic Management

Connecting the maritime world in real time to create a more efficient and environmentally friendly maritime sector.

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The Effective Crew Project

A two-year research project led by Solent University in partnership with NJC Associates and Impact Crew. The research examines the perceived benefits associated with the implementation of either a stable or fluid crewing strategy to Merchant Navy vessels.

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Seafarers' Welfare in Chinese Ports (SWiC) Project

The SWiC Project explores the availability and adequacy of welfare provisions for ocean-going seafarers when their ships call at Chinese ports. Particular attention will be paid to the seafarers' perspectives.

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Project IMAGINE: Innovation in marine engineering diagnostics and feedback

A collaborative research and development project between Solent University and Rolls-Royce to support the unmanned and partially autonomous operation of marine vessels.

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Project MAXCMAS: MAchine eXecutable Collision regulations for Marine Autonomous Systems

MAXCMAS is an Innovate UK £1.27 million-funded multi-partner project. The consortium for the project includes Rolls-Royce as a lead coordinator; Atlas Electronic UK, a defence company; Lloyds Register, a leading safety assurance organisations; Queens University, Belfast; and Solent University's Warsash Maritime Academy as academic partners. The project commenced in August 2015 and will conclude in the autumn of 2017.

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The three-year MARTHA research project into seafarer fatigue concluded in 2016, and the final report was presented to delegates at the IMO's human element, training and watchkeeping committee on 20 January 2017. The study found that fatigue can result in long-term physical and mental health issues and individual motivation decreases over the length of the voyage. It also highlighted that night watchkeepers get significantly less total sleep than others on board, and that Masters suffer more stress and fatigue than their crews.

Data was collected from the results of questionnaires and interviews of 1,000 international seafarers, and 100 volunteer crew members operating on vessels worldwide during their tours of duty.

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The GEM Project

This research project, led by Solent in collaboration with the University of Greenwich and the China Maritime Centre, aims to examine seafarers’ welfare. It focuses on gender issues that arise from multi-cultural crews and isolation, and looks to develop appropriate tools that can help support women within the maritime industry.

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The China Centre (Maritime)

The China Centre is part of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering. It aims to use its academic excellence; its expertise in Chinese maritime affairs and its links with the Chinese, British and worldwide maritime communities to act as a bridge, bringing countries closer in maritime-related affairs and beyond.

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The Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research

The Lawrie McMenemy Centre for Football Research (LMCFR) is a multi-disciplinary football education, research and consultancy centre which provides expert support for the football industry, students and the media in a number of areas.

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