Videotel Develops First Mobile Platform for Maritime eLearning Programmes

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has launched a new eLearning content delivery platform that will allow users to view its comprehensive range of maritime training programmes on a wide variety of devices, including tablets and mobile phones. This development is a leap forward in maritime training delivery and not only provides a superior user experience for the learner, but also paves the way for seafarers to acquire and test knowledge on any device wherever they are on land and sea.

Videotel is the first maritime training company to develop mobile viewing that harnesses HTML5 responsive-design capabilities, where content can rescale dynamically to any screen size or aspect ratio. Additional features that Videotel has incorporated in its mobile platform include touch navigation, a multi-language capability allowing users to easily switch between languages, and an-ECDIS inspired ‘night mode’ that allows the user to select a darker theme that is easier on the eyes in low-light conditions.

“Over the years, we have continually modified our approach to developing training materials to meet the changing needs of our clients and capitalise on improvements in technology,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “This new-generation platform has been created to give users maximum flexibility to view content using whatever device suits them. In today’s busy working environment, having an application with such a responsive design will improve and enhance the user experience.”

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Thome Sponsors Singapore Nite at Nor-Shipping

The Thome Group has agreed to sponsor the bi-annual “Singapore Nite” during Nor-Shipping (May 30-June 2).Claes eek Thorstensen, Thome President, h&s

The invitation only event will take place at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in Oslo on Wednesday 31st May and is organised by The Singapore Maritime Foundation in conjunction with Nor-Shipping.

“We are immensely proud to be sponsoring this special evening which will celebrate the very best in authentic Singaporean cuisine,” said Claes Eek Thorstensen, President and CCO of the Thome Group.

“Thome Group is offering a unique blend of Scandinavian shipping tradition combined with the modern drive of Singaporean business enterprise. Thome Group has had its headquarters in Singapore since 1963 and is proud to be part of the Maritime Singapore. The Maritime Singapore supports a drive towards modern shipping with innovation and productivity drives which explains why Singapore was named the top maritime capital again this year” he added.

This event has been taking place at Nor-Shipping since 2007 and provides excellent networking opportunities in a friendly relaxed atmosphere while sampling beautifully prepared dishes prepared by some of Singapore’s most talented chefs.

ICS Commits Shipping to Ambitious CO2 Reduction Objectives

Esben PoulssonIn a submission to IMO Member States, being made in conjunction with other shipping organisations, ICS will propose that IMO should adopt three Aspirational Objectives:

  • To maintain international shipping’s annual total CO2 emissions below 2008 levels
  • To reduce CO2 emissions per tonne-km, as an average across international shipping, by at least 50% by 2050, compared to 2008
  •  To reduce international shipping’s total annual CO2 emissions by an agreed percentage by 2050, compared to 2008, as a point on a continuing trajectory of CO2 emissions reduction

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Less cash on board isn’t just a saving, it’s necessary for sustainability, says ShipMoney

Speaking at CrewConnect Europe earlier today, global maritime financial services company ShipMoney has advised maritime leaders that reducing the amount of cash on board can help in the industry’s drive towards sustainability.

Addressing delegates in Copenhagen, ShipMoney President Stuart Ostrow said: “As the industry continues to look for sustainable initiatives, why are seafarers incurring extra costs just from receiving their wages in cash? Sending money back home and exchanging money at port all add up to unnecessary costs for seafarers, in an age when wire-transfers and card payments are as regular as clockwork.

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Major Upgrade to ISF Watchkeeper Simplifies Work Hour Record Keeping

ISF Watchkeeper logo-LatestThe International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and IT Energy have announced the launch of the latest release of their acclaimed ISF Watchkeeper software – ISF Watchkeeper 3.5 – developed for maintaining records of individual seafarers’ work hour records, as required by IMO and ILO regulations, and to help prevent crew fatigue and to avoid issues with Port State Control.

This major upgrade, which is available free of charge to existing ISF Watchkeeper users on over 8, 000 ships worldwide, has been designed to reflect the evolving needs of those at sea and managers ashore.

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