Learning in Lockdown- Creating Good Distance Learning Experiences

Raal Harris, MD of Videotel and Creative Director of Ocean Technologies Group, is running a webinar to teach those with training responsibilities how to manage the transition from face to face learning to online teaching.

Called “Learning in Lockdown- Creating good distance learning experiences, the webinar is designed to give tutors a guide on how adapt their training formats and techniques to take into account the differences of teaching delegates online, a medium which is being increasingly used in the maritime  industry as current travel restrictions prevent face to face classroom based learning.

“It is more than just a question of putting your classroom course online and hoping for the best,” said Raal Harris.

“Teachers need to invest time in assessing the right software to use, making sure it is easy to register and join the webinar with a facility for those having technical difficulties to be able to contact the organizer of the session for help,” he added.

Having worked for Videotel for 15 years, Raal has considerable experience in running online courses and so this webinar outlines the pitfalls to avoid and gives some great tips and hints in how to run an engaging and successful distance learning course.

The webinar will begin at 10.00am (UK BST) on Thursday 23rd April and is aimed at those responsible for their organisation’s training strategy, those looking to transform their classroom courses to online ones and tutors keen to understand how best to deliver programmes of training and education using video conferencing technology.

To register simply use the link below:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6577159116829249294

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Videotel Launches New Distance Learning Course on the IGF Code

Leading maritime e-Learning training provider Videotel, has launched a fully approved distance learning course on the use of gases or other low-flashpoint fuels covered within the IGF Code.

The Code, which came into force on 1st January 2017, aims to minimise risk to the ship, its crew and the environment by acknowledging the special nature of any gaseous fuels that are being loaded, stored and burned.

New minimum requirements for the training and qualifications of masters, officers, ratings and other personnel on board ships are also addressed in the Code and any seafarer responsible for designated safety duties associated with the care, use or emergency response to fuel on board ships which are subject to the IGF Code, must now complete an approved course of basic training.

“The use of gas as a fuel on ships has increased in recent years due to the sulphur cap and targets set by the IMO to reduce GHG emissions by 50% by 2050, when compared to 2008. So, this distance learning course comes at an appropriate time to help seafarers get up to speed with the handling and management of these fuel types,” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.

“There is no pre-requisite sea service needed to enrol on this course or to be awarded a certificate of training,” he continued.

Videotel provides courses allowing thousands of seafarers globally  to study for and obtain certificates in a variety of STCW and other subjects  by distance learning. The company is part of the newly formed Ocean Technologies Group which also includes Seagull Maritime, Tero Marine and COEX.

The combined services of Seagull Maritime and Videotel provide e-learning programmes to around 1 million seafarers and supply them with learning, education and a diverse range of ship safety and operational information.

Ocean Technologies Group is dedicated to accelerating the potential of innovative companies that serve the maritime industry and helping them to meet the challenges of 21st Century shipping.

The new IGF Code training programme can be found on the Videotel website.

Norsafe Concerned at Spate of LSA Drill Accidents

Norsafe, global leader in lifebNORS_lo_lifeboatbuilder_Foat design, manufacture, and training, is concerned about recent spate of lifeboat drill accidents which have seriously injured or even led to fatalities among crew.

A report in April 2016 by academics at the Seafarers International Research Centre found that tight vessel schedules often did not allow sufficient time for drills and crew were often too frightened to take part as they had not been properly trained in using the equipment.

“A lifeboat is your last chance to evacuate a vessel, when it is not safe to be onboard or use other means of evacuation so it is vital that crew are properly trained on the LSA and take part in regular drills,” said Endre Eidsvik, SVP of Service for Norsafe.

“Skimping on training to save money is not an option and can cost lives. A lifeboat and its launching system is designed, built, tested and installed to a set of strict guidelines so it should be possible to safely embark and launch it even in rough weather, and under the worst trim and list conditions of the vessel,” he continued.

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Norsafe Takes a Major Step Forward to Offer Complete Safety Package to Seafarers

Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers.

This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat crew.

Gaining STCW approval is very timely for Norsafe as the Manila 2010 Amendments to the STCW-78 Convention stipulates that seafarers, who are qualified in the following areas, need to provide documentary proof they have recently undergone training or have been on a refresher course within the last five years by 1st January 2017.

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Norsafe is first to market with ground breaking maintenance agreements

Norsafe, global leader in marine life-saving equipment, is the first supplier in its sector to introduce a tiered service management system for its clients following an in-depth study of ship owners and operators maintenance strategy.

Called the Norsafe CARE Plan, the three levels of service agreement have been designed to suit clients with varying maintenance requirements and budgets. Read more

SUCCESSFUL TRAINING SCHEME ENABLES THOME GROUP TO BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT IN JUNIOR OFFICER RECRUITMENT

Leading international ship management company Thome Group is pleased to announce that it has become self-sufficient in recruiting junior officers thanks to its highly successful in-house cadet training program.

Launched in 2005 under Thome’s “Human Element” initiative, the Thome Global Cadet Program has already trained in excess of 1,350 cadets from at least 12 countries in Asia, Europe and the Far East. Currently there are 650 cadets at various stages of training on the program with another 200 due to join soon as deck, engine, electrical or catering cadets.

The success of this scheme has enabled Thome Group to fill all of its 2014 junior officer vacancies from within its own pool of trained seafarers.

Michael Elwert, Director of Group HR, HSSEQ & Crewing, said: “We place a great deal of importance on our cadet program and are delighted that it is proving so successful.”

He added: “We at Thome Group recognise the importance of providing quality training to our seafarers and the difference it makes towards them and ultimately the performance of the vessels they operate. We believe that training is the key to operating safe and efficient ships on greener seas. The level of training we provide is specialised and is over and above the standard recommended by STCW.”

Sartaj Gill, Deputy Managing Director (ROHQ) & Head of Group Training, explained: “As Thome Group continues with the large-scale and rapid expansion of its fleet, the requirement for suitably trained officers to serve onboard our tankers, bulkers, gas carriers and offshore has increased exponentially.

“Our cadet program has a robust selection process to ensure we recruit well rounded, excellent individuals who benefit from our high quality coaching. Our cadets are a multi-national and multi-cultural group, fully representative of the diversity with Thome Group. The feedback we have received from our cadets is that they view our training program as a successful highway to fulfilling their dreams and goals.”

One of the Thome Global Cadet Program’s most successful graduates is Chief Engineer Jonathan Duenas who graduated from the very first program in 2005 and has since become THOME Group’s youngest Chief Engineer. Jonathan reported: “Being able to be part of the Thome Cadet Program has not only given me an amazing opportunity, it has also given me a career that I’m passionate about. It shaped me to be a better decision maker and critical thinker.”