KVH Videotel SVP Urges Maritime Industry to Aim for Excellence, not Minimum Training Standards

Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president (SVP) EMEA, speaks at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, a leading forum for seafarer recruitment and training

 

Ship owners, managers, and operators should aim for training excellence, rather than just attaining the minimum standards required, and use training as a key tool for attracting and retaining high-calibre seafarers in a competitive market, according to Mark Woodhead, KVH Videotel senior vice president EMEA, who spoke at CrewConnect Global, in Manila, today.

“Training needs to be part of a shipping company’s DNA,” Mr. Woodhead said, “and as our seafarers embrace the shift towards continuous learning, we need to develop cultures that support and demand it.”

In the ever-changing and highly regulated shipping industry, continuous learning is needed to avoid incidents and accidents that could lead to costly delays, fines for non-compliance, asset damage, or, more seriously, loss of life. “Talk is cheap but accidents aren’t,” Mr. Woodhead said. “With new training techniques and technologies, seafarers are engaged and motivated to learn.”

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Videotel Receives Norwegian Maritime Authority Approval

With this approval, Videotel’s highly regarded training courses have official recognition from the top entity in Norway devoted to maritime issues

MIDDLETOWN, RI, USA, and LONDON, UK – July 13, 2015 VideotelTM, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses.

Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) codes, and seafarers completing these courses will receive the necessary qualifications and certificates for shipboard duty. The NMA approval enhances Videotel’s reputation with Norwegian ship owners, ship managers, and the offshore sector, which are guided by the Authority on maritime issues. A major maritime center, Norway has a merchant fleet of approximately 1,400 vessels; in 2013, it had one of the top 10 merchant fleets in the world according to deadweight tonnage.

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VIDEOTEL LAUNCHES ENERGY MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSE

London, U.K. – 26 January 2015 – VideotelTM, a KVH company, has developed a training course designed to guide maritime personnel in addressing one of the industry’s most important issues: energy management. Experts agree that effective energy management is not just good business practice but also demonstrates a company’s commitment to help reduce its carbon footprint and world energy use.

Called “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course,” the Videotel program is designed to help organisations achieve effective energy management by setting out a sequence of procedures and systems for them to implement. Gaining ISO 50001 gives a company a competitive edge through improved environmental performance and productivity and reduced fuel costs. It also helps to minimise risk and increase energy security.

“This is an excellent programme for ship owners and ship managers who want to review their energy performance,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. “Whilst ships are considered to be the most fuel-efficient way of transporting cargo, there are still areas where improvements can be made. By following our course, shipping personnel will learn how to successfully implement an energy management programme that will not only help to reduce their company’s operating costs but will also result in a better environment.”

The Videotel course includes seven modules aimed at officers, crew, and shore-based staff, and presents the information by depicting how a fictitious shipping company is going about establishing and implementing an energy management system (EnMS) in line with ISO 50001.

This approach is important as it is vital that the learner can relate to the issues that may arise in a similar type of business. The course also includes shipping-industry-specific measures relating to energy efficiency and greenhouse gas emissions, such as MARPOL’s progressively tighter fuel and emission controls in Emission Control Areas, a major compliance issue for maritime operators.

Videotel’s “ISO 50001 Energy Management Training Course” is delivered using interactive e-Learning Computer Based Training (CBT), allowing learners to follow easy on-screen instructions. This approach will help shipping personnel implement the standard far more easily as they will have gone through relevant scenarios specific to a shipping company.

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.”