BIMCO (the Baltic and International Maritime Council) has linked up with leading maritime multi-media training provider Videotel Marine International to produce and launch a brand new BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP).
In a ground-breaking venture, experienced training provider Videotel has developed a Learning Management System comprising of a highly-focused, web-based, e-learning package to deliver the new diploma programme.
As the largest of the international shipping associations, BIMCO believes the demand for effective training and education within the maritime industry has never been greater and will continue to grow. Videotel’s web-based e-learning technology makes it possible to deliver this knowledge in a practical and affordable way to the employees of BIMCO members wherever they are in the world.
Torben Skaanild, BIMCO Secretary General, explains: “The new programme will enable students to build on their knowledge, acquire increased professional competencies and ongoing personal development at their own time and place. . It is a new and exciting educational tool which will deliver the best possible lectures, covering all aspects of the contemporary maritime industry.”
Using the new programme, maritime students will be able to access training provided by online specialist experts and tutors carefully selected by BIMCO from the shipping world. The diploma course will be aimed at students and young people entering a trainee or internship programme, staff from shipping companies, agents, brokers, banks and other financial institutions, legal firms, insurance companies or government organisations wishing to learn more about the shipping industry. It will be offered at competitive prices, with discounts being applied to employees of BIMCO member companies.
In addition, the BeDP will also benefit shipping practitioners wishing to refresh and revise their shipping knowledge and, of equal importance, seafarers wanting to broaden their knowledge. It will be backed-up by online forums and workshops, also providing networking opportunities for young shipping professionals.
The web-based training brings together content, curriculum, quizzes and examinations, putting them at the student’s fingertips. Online course meetings are held at designated times with tutors providing targeted guidance and instruction. Training onsite via e-learning does away with classroom costs, travel and hotel expenses, making training that much more affordable. Each training module represents approximately three months’ training – about 30-40 study hours – followed by a final, written examination leading to the award of a BIMCO Certificate. Four certificates can be combined to achieve the BIMCO Diploma.
The BeDP course work will be rolled out to Videotel client vessels via its unique comprehensive on board computer training system Videotel on Demand (VOD), which also carries over 350+ CBT interactives, videos and courses, in readiness for enrolling to the BDP once the seafarer disembarks his or her vessel.
Nigel D. Cleave, Chief Executive of Videotel, says: “This is truly a marvellous opportunity for us to work with an industry leader in the field of maritime education. Our distance learning concept is ideally suited to delivering the BIMCO Diploma course in a flexible and user-friendly way which allows students to integrate their education with their professional and private lives. We are delighted with the quality and content of the BIMCO training package and look forward to its widespread use throughout the maritime sector.”
Mr Skaanild adds: “The BeDP marks a new and exciting development in BIMCO’s training and educational mission, offering the most up-to-date technology to Members’ employees and facilitating the transfer of knowledge to all corners of the planet without costly and extensive travelling.
Notes to Editors:
• Videotel began making training products in 1973 and has since pioneered web-based e-learning to become a market-leader in on-board and shore-based maritime training.
• Videotel is the largest multi-media producer of high-quality maritime safety training software and materials serving the maritime community today. As well as its award winning programmes on board some 10,000 vessels, Videotel has the largest portfolio of maritime computer based training (CBT) materials in the world.
• With over 100 million training hours accomplished to date, Videotel is assisting in promoting the learning of hundreds of thousands of seafarers across the globe.
• Videotel’s extensive international training catalogue includes more than 650 titles in a range of formats and various languages.
• Videotel’s Computer Based Training (CBT) and online training solutions make possible a huge variety of training opportunities. The latest Video on Demand (VOD) system offers a comprehensive and affordable solution to both on-board crew training and records management aboard ship. The VOD computer system is able to offer more than 350+ selected CBT interactive training packages, videos, courses and accompanying books at any one time, added to which it will contain the appropriate training packages for the BIMCO Training Diploma.
Notes to Editors:
“BIMCO is the largest of the international shipping associations, with a membership drawn from a broad representation of stakeholders within the shipping industry, notably from the shipowning community, representing 640 million DWT or about 65% of merchant shipping. With a total membership of approximately 2,600 individual members from 123 countries, composed of shipowners, shipbrokers and agents and other entities with an interest in or associated with the Maritime Industries, BIMCO is widely respected for its practical approach and its opinions and recommendations are regular and important elements in the international governmental organizations’ process of creating international standards and guidelines for the shipping industry. BIMCO is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and holds observers’ status with several United Nations agencies involved with shipping industry matters, notably the International Maritime Organization and working closely together with maritime administrators in e.g. the European Community and the United States. In recognition of its position within the international shipping community, the US Coast Guard formed a partnership agreement with BIMCO to jointly address issues of regulatory compliance and maritime governance in an effort to find practical and workable solutions for shipowners plying US trade. BIMCO is committed to promote fair and equitable international shipping policy and regulatory matters and seeks to continue to be the selected and trusted sparring partner and source of practical information by policymakers and other stakeholders.”
Bimco And Videotel e-Learning In Training Link-Up