Following the interest shown in the MPCS project, on October 18 a delegation from Senegal visited the facilities of the Directorate for Combating Pollution at Sea (DCPM), located at the Lisbon Naval Base in Alfeite. The purpose of the visit was to learn about the organization and structure of the Directorate for Combating Pollution at Sea (DCPM) for responding to pollution incidents in the marine environment.
The delegation included the Secretary General of HASSMAR - Aute Autorité Chargée de la Coordination de la Sécurité Maritime, de la Sûrete Maritime et de la Protection de l'Environement Marin, Captain Mamadou Ndjave, as well as a representative from the Republic of Senegal, Mouhamed Mbaye, who was received by the Deputy Director General of the Maritime Authority and the 2nd General Commander of the Maritime Police. Commander of the Maritime Police, Rear Admiral José Vizinha Mirones, and the Director of the Directorate for Combating Pollution at Sea, Captain João Marques da Costa.
Also accompanying the Senegalese delegation were representatives of the Spanish consultancy firm EVM Group, Justo Palomo and Amadou Diallo, and the Portuguese company Qualiseg, Dr. Manuel Carrasqueira and Rui Parreira, who, like the DCPM, are partners in the MPCS - Marine Pollution Control Simulator project.
During the morning, the visitors learned about the Portuguese organizational structure with regard to Marine Pollution Control, and its articulation with the European structure. After the briefing, a guided tour allowed the guests to see the different systems and equipment used by DGAM when necessary.
During the afternoon, adequate time was set aside to present and discuss the MPCS project with the Senegalese delegation, which was a highlight, as Captain Ndjave clearly underlined Senegal's interest in the MPCS project, stating that Senegal would like to be the first country in Africa where MPCS could be tested and implemented.
There was a consensus among those involved in the visit that it had been a success to get the Senegalese delegation fully involved in the MPCS project. At the same time, the way in which DGAM shared existing knowledge and fully opened up the Portuguese Navy's facilities clearly established an interesting platform for future collaboration in the field of Marine Pollution Control.
The Marine Pollution Control Simulator (MPCS) is a cloud-based tool that can be easily accessed via different platforms (mobile phones, tablets or laptops), enabling training, exercises and performance evaluation of marine pollution control at various levels.
This project, funded under the Union Civil Protection Mechanism programme (UCPM), is made up of a consortium of 4 national partners and 1 Spanish partner.
The consortium includes Qualiseg - Engenharia e Gestão, lda, a Portuguese company that develops research and innovation projects. The Direção Geral da Autoridade Maritima Nacional through the Direção de Combate à Poluição do Mar, a public organisation whose mission is to establish technical procedures for monitoring and combating pollution of the sea, as well as coordinating and directing operations to combat pollution of the sea. The University of Coimbra through the Faculty of Science and Technology, which through its research units has played an active role in creating knowledge and transferring it to society. The Instituo Profissional de Transportes e Logística da Madeira, a vocational school that has been developing vocational training courses in the maritime area for years. And the EVM Group, a Spanish partner dedicated to developing technology and innovation applied to various areas.
This two-year project, which began in March 2022, is now coming to an end with a sense of mission accomplished, since the prototype is ready and has passed the tests carried out, making it a tool that can be useful to various organisations in a wide range of fields.
In this circumstance, we will also make a public presentation of the project to organisations and the community, which will take place on 22 February 2024, from 10am to 12pm at the Vasco da Gama Auditorium.
This event will take place in a hybrid format, so those interested can attend in person or via teams, witch the link will be made available closer to the event.
Registrations must be made by 19 February through the link
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Kick-off of Marine Pollution Control Simulator (MPCS)
Kick-off for Marine Pollution Control Simulator (MPCS) Project
Qualiseg is proud to announce the start of MPCS Project, which aims at developing a cloud-based tool easily reachable through different platforms (mobile, tablet, or laptop), that allows the providing of training, exercising, assessment, and performance evaluation of the marine pollution control, at different levels, namely:
- Collective and individual competence
- Regional, National and supranational levels
- Small and large-scale scenarios
MPCS is an innovative tool considering the following aspects:
- Lake of similar tools in the marine pollution control or related area
- Adjustability to individual or collective training and exercising, allowing the development of Collective Competence in a virtual environment
- State of the art virtual simulation tools are focused in the individual competence development
- Response Capacity Assessment of the agents facing an incident, based in the potential pollution scenarios
Supported in Mathematical Models, Discrete-Events Simulation (DES) and Game-based Learning (GBL), MPCS adopts the game approach as a learning experience to allow the player to understand the subject matter within a real-world context.
This approach improves the interface, increases agents involvement, therefore constitutes a better tool for competence acquisition. Particularly, the Massive Multiplayer Gaming (MMG) technique allows the simultaneous involvement of several players located in different locations, making possible to assess the performance of the team that is facing a specific scenario (ex. oil spill) without employing physical means, needed on a real environment exercise.
Qualiseg is the project promotor in partnership with University of Coimbra (Portugal), Professional Institute for Transport and Logistics of Funchal (Portugal), Directorate-General Maritime Authority (Portugal), and Ecosistemas Virtuales y Modulares S.L (Spain).
MPCS Project is funded through the Union Civil Protection Mechanism (UCPM) of the EU. #environment #experience #project #training #