MACN Announces Anti-Corruption E-Learning Initiative

MACN has announced the development of an e-learning training toolkit and platform on ethics and integrity, for ship owners, managers, agents, and maritime cadet schools. Funded by MACN and the TK Foundation, the training toolkit will target different specific user-groups of employees to make it fit for the learners, including captains and crew, employees supporting crew in operational roles, and senior management. The platform and training solutions will be delivered by Videotel and Seagull Maritime, now both part of Ocean Technologies Group.

Cecilia Müller Torbrand, MACNs Executive Director said: “The maritime industry is exposed to frequent demands for corruption including cash or in-kind benefits. Ultimately, it is the master who must manage the situation when government officials make demands for corrupt payments. This results in great stress and has a detrimental effect on the health and safety of the crew. Equipping the captain with tools and support functions to say no to demands is key to stopping bribery. It is also a valuable step in building a solid anti-corruption program. With our members insight and engagement, we are building a maritime specific course which will give Master and employees working in the maritime sector, valuable guidance to tackle corrupt demands.”

MACN’s current Integrity Training Toolkit was first developed in 2014 and has been successfully deployed by several MACN members. However, there is a demand from the membership to improve and further develop this training to include stakeholders such as port agents and maritime cadet schools.

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Videotel Wins Host of Awards for its Training Programmes

Maritime e-learning provider Videotel has won a host of prestigious awards for its recent releases underlying the continued focus on quality since becoming part of Ocean Technologies Group.

Videotel have been frequent award winners in their 40 year history across their comprehensive portfolio of training materials designed to help seafarers with a diverse range of ship safety, environmental, security and   other operational training materials.

The recent award wins are:

2020 COMMUNICATOR AWARDS

 

Entry: Personal Safety on Board Ship, Part 1 – The Essentials

Category: Film / Video-Training (for Corporate use) for Film / Video / Television

Award: DISTINCTION

Producer: Amanda Gross

https://videotel.com/stcw-training-catalogue/products/1317-part-one-the-essentials

 

Personal Safety is one of Videotel’s most viewed series with almost 200,000 views in the last 12 months alone. This updated programme deals with seafarer personal safety and is aimed at crew and the shore-side personnel who liaise with them.

 

WorldFest Houston Film Festival

 

Entry: ASBESTOS AWARENESS

Category: Film & Video Productions – Training

Award: Gold Remi Award

Producer: Amanda Gross

https://videotel.com/stcw-training-catalogue/products/1330-asbestos-awareness

 

This moving training package uses genuine seafarer stories to describe the risks of asbestos, where it may be found on the ship, how it should be managed for the safety of everyone on board, and what to do if the material has been disturbed.

 

WorldMediaFestivals | Television & Corporate Media Awards.

 

Entry: MARPOL ANNEX VI – PREVENTION OF AIR POLLUTION FROM SHIPS (EDITION 3)

Category: Training: Learning Programmes

Award: Gold

Producer: Katerina Sfaellou

Script Writer/Director: Robin Jackson

 

https://bit.ly/2zFCi8k

 

Part of an updated series on this key area of environmental legislation that demonstrates a move to shorter more targeted video training.

 

Horizon Interactive Awards 2019

 

Entry: Shipboard Maintenance and Painting (Edition 2)

Category: Video – Instructional

Award: Gold

 

https://videotel.com/stcw-training-catalogue/products/1367-shipboard-maintenance-and-painting-edition-2

 

This training package is intended for all ship’s personnel tasked with, or are responsible for seafarers who paint steel decks and surfaces.

All these e-learning titles are available as video and Computer Based Training (CBT) formats.

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BIMCO, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Videotel partner in unprecedented online education collaboration

BIMCO, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Ocean Technologies Group subsidiary Videotel have partnered to create a high-quality, accessible educational resource to help maritime students across the globe to continue their studies remotely during the coronavirus pandemic

 

BIMCO, the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and Ocean Technologies Group maritime eLearning subsidiary Videotel have joined forces to provide access to a wealth of self-study material via the institute’s learning management system. The ICS Online Academy is free for all registered students until the end of July 2020 and will enable them to use eLearning material jointly produced by use BIMCO and Videotel in preparation for Institute exams by giving them greater access to quality education and maritime resources.

“ICS Online Academy is a really unique project which has allowed BIMCO and Videotel to collaborate with the Institute for the benefit of the maritime community, especially students who are struggling to stay on track with their learning during the current crisis. The combined technical, educational and subject-specialist skills that have gone into building the Academy really demonstrates the dedication to quality of learning rather than a purely commercial focus,” said Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.

Angus Frew, BIMCO Secretary General & CEO said, “BIMCO is very happy to donate this material. In the hands of Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, it will be put to good use and hopefully bring a lot of new people into the industry.”

The Academy was soft-launched earlier this year and has already been tested by over 300 students from locations as varied as Lagos, Kenya, Singapore, Tanzania, the UK and Canada. The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers made the decision to bring forward the scheduled launch of the project to assist students suffering as a result of the restrictions imposed by the Coronavirus.

“As a global learning and operational technology company, Ocean Technologies Group is driven to help to make the industry safer, stronger and able to excel. Partnering with BIMCO and the Institute for Chartered Shipbrokers for this new initiative means that students in developing countries will have access to the same high-quality resources as they would find in well-established maritime learning centres and can continue their studies and training during the coronavirus pandemic,” said  Manish Singh, Chief Executive Officer at Ocean Technologies Group.

 

The ICS Online Academy can be accessed via computer using the following link https://icsonline.academy/ or using the free Moodle app for both iOS and Android. The learning platform is specifically designed to support learners in developing countries. Users in locations with poor or unstable connectivity are able to download courses, work offline and submit their work when reconnected.

 

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Ocean Technologies Group Appoints Pioneering Chief HR Officer

Global learning and operational technology innovator, Ocean Technologies Group, has appointed Susan Steele as Chief Human Resources Officer.

Steele, with over 25 years’ experience in HR, is known for her pioneering use of artificial intelligence and automation to develop employees and improve operational efficiency.

“The digital transformation taking place in the shipping industry as well as the industry’s increasingly complex regulatory framework create an urgency for us and for our clients” said Ocean Technologies Group CEO, Manish Singh. “Susan’s expertise will be invaluable as we attract, develop and retain colleagues around the globe.”

Prior to joining Ocean Technologies Group, Steele held HR leadership roles at Cision, IBM, WPP and Deloitte.

“Throughout my career, I have been drawn to Learning and Technology innovators” explained Steele.  “Ocean Technologies Group is poised to disrupt the global shipping market by harnessing the collective Learning expertise of Seagull, Videotel and MTS and the Technology innovation of Tero Marine and COEX. I am excited by the opportunity to create the employee-centric environment, experiences and culture critical to accelerating competitive advantage for our clients.”

Steele will be based in Ocean Technologies Group’s London office.

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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Maritime Training Services Joins Ocean Technologies Group

 

On 27th March 2020 Seattle-based Maritime Training Services (MTS) joined the new Ocean Technologies Group, home to COEX, Seagull Maritime, Tero Marine and Videotel.

The combination ensures that MTS will accelerate its growth and develop its services, providing certainty to MTS customers and team following the untimely passing of the company’s Owner and Managing Director, Matthew Gasparich, last year.

MTS will add value to and also benefit from the diverse range of skills and experience available within the Ocean Technologies Group while also being able to draw on the significant investments in R&D being made by the Group in new technologies, content and courses.

Ocean Technologies Group aims to invest in the latest e-learning technologies and pedagogical methods such as gamification, micro-learning, virtual and augmented reality, as well as 3D animation and best-in-class video content.

MTS is well known to both Seagull and Videotel, having collaborated with both companies over many years on the production of maritime e-learning content and distribution of their respective training libraries.

“It is great to be able to welcome MTS to the Ocean Technologies Group. The company will add a significant expertise in the production of bespoke client-specific training programmes having worked with blue-chip customers in commercial shipping, maritime administrations, cruise sector and adjacent markets” said Manish Singh, Ocean Technologies Group Chief Executive Officer

“The combination enhances the responsiveness of MTS, by leveraging on Ocean Technologies Group’s global foot-print. Similarly the Group has better in-region footprint to serve the maritime market across the Americas. With colleagues based from Seoul in the East to Seattle in the West, we are a truly global partner to our customers” he continued.

The combination of MTS with Ocean Technologies Group comes at a crucial time, as Industry leaders Seagull Maritime and Videotel have been working proactively to offer a growing diversity of e-Learning opportunities tailored to specific client requirements.

“Joining this exciting new group gives MTS and our customers an incredible opportunity to build on the good work we have been doing together and take things to the next level.” Said Michelle Bollaert MTS International Operations Manager.

“Having watched with interest the Group developing around Videotel and Seagull, we feel that MTS will be valuable in enabling our new group to cater for all market segment needs and provide a comprehensive range of training solutions to the maritime industry. The MTS team is excited about the greater opportunities arising from being part of the market leading Ocean team” she continued.

 

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.

Coronavirus- How to Beat it

In the wake of the pandemic COVID-19, leading maritime training companies Seagull Maritime and Videotel have launched a new programme called: “Coronavirus- How to Beat it.”

Available free to the maritime industry, the programme outlines the common symptoms that seafarers need to be aware of and details the key precautions that individuals onboard can take to minimise the spread of this highly contagious virus.

Frequent hand washing is one of the ways to reduce infection and the programme demonstrates the correct way to thoroughly wash hands using liquid soap and warm water.

It also gives advice to crew on the procedures to follow onboard if they think they have become infected, to reduce the likelihood of spreading the infection.

“The spread of COVID-19 has had serious implications for our seafarers and for the maritime industry a whole, with some port call restrictions, delayed crew changeovers and container shortages which are hampering the supply chain and causing severe disruption to the world economy. So, producing this programme seemed the obvious thing for us to do to help minimise the contagion,” said Raal Harris, Videotel’s Managing Director.

“Now that Videotel and Seagull are part of the same group, we have been able to combine to make this programme in record time. This important information will reach our combined client base which numbers the majority of the world fleet, but we also want to make it freely accessible to all seafarers to ensure everyone can benefit.  Having completed similar exercises with the Ebola and Zika outbreaks, we thought it prudent to continue to support the industry in this way,” he continued.

The programme “Coronavirus- How to Beat it” can be accessed from the Videotel and Seagull websites.

Seagull Maritime and Videotel are part of the new Ocean Technologies Group headed up by CEO Manish Singh, comprising of learning and operational technology companies and dedicated to accelerating the potential of innovative companies that serve the maritime Industry.

Seagull & Videotel announce leadership appointments

Industry veteran Manish Singh joins leading maritime knowledge services group as CEO, with Roger Ringstad assuming role of Executive Chairman.

Acquired by Oakley Capital in May 2019, Seagull and Videotel collectively serve over 20,000 ships and marine installations globally, helping develop proficiencies for about a million seafarers across international maritime pools and tonnage types. Between them, these businesses have an unmatched pedigree and diverse experience in maritime learning, competence development and compliance over four decades.

Commenting on the appointments and the vision for the Group, Roger Ringstad said:

“Enhancing safety and efficiency at sea through knowledge and awareness, is at the heart of what we deliver. We want to enter into closer partnerships with our customers and users introducing state of the art technology and developing proficiencies, at sea and ashore.

We are delighted to welcome Manish Singh as CEO of Seagull and Videotel. His appointment adds to our maritime expertise, passion for safety and industry thought leadership. He will focus on developing closer relationships with our clients and will lead on our investments to further to enrich our content, transform our user experience and introduce further digitally enabled solutions.”

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Videotel Wins Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at Safety at Sea Awards

Leading maritime training provider Videotel has won the Best Crew Wellbeing Programme at the Safety at Sea Awards held during London International Shipping Week.

The category was for the best standout wellbeing initiative which, in the judges’ opinion, has helped protect crew mental health and wellbeing.

Launched during the 5th Annual International Shipowning & Shipmanagement Summit in London last year, the programme was produced in association with the International Seafarers Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN) and comprises a video, facilitator notes, and information booklets from ISWAN on mental health issues at sea.

Due to the critical importance of the topic it was decided that the package would be made available free of charge and it can be downloaded by accessing https://landing.videotel.com/seafarerwellbeing

“We are thrilled that this programme has been recognized by an independent panel of judges as an important contribution to help seafarers who may be struggling when at sea, away from family and friends. Mental health issues can effect anyone, but Seafarers face unique working and living conditions that pose additional challenges and require further consideration.” said Raal Harris, MD of Videotel.

“I would like to thank my colleagues who made a very insightful and instructive programme with the help of the team at ISWAN and the other organisations that gave their time and energy in support of this worthwhile production.”

New VR Title from Videotel Helps Protect Cargo

Leading maritime training provider Videotel, has launched a new virtual reality (VR) training title to help ship operators avoid potential claims running into millions of pounds due to cargo damage caused by insufficient tank cleaning onboard chemical tankers.

Ensuring cargo tanks are properly cleaned to receive their next cargo is a complex operation and is a vital part of safe operation onboard, especially with regards to the carriage of sensitive chemical cargoes.

The effectiveness of tank cleaning for such cargoes is frequently assessed by visual inspection and a methanol wall-wash test which involves the application of a solvent to selected areas of the cargo tank bulkheads. The solvent is then analysed for key quality parameters. If this onboard test is not performed properly or results read wrongly by crew, then this could have the direct result of a vessel being de-berthed and/or additional and unnecessary tank cleaning taking placed with all the associated additional costs and time losses.

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KVH Announces the Sale of Videotel for $90 Million to Focus on Core Strategic Initiatives

Plans to increase its investment in photonic integrated chip technology, AgilePlans acceleration, and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity

MIDDLETOWN, RI – May 13, 2019 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced that it has sold its maritime training business, the Videotel group of companies, to an affiliate of Oakley Capital for a base purchase price of $90 million, on a cash-free, debt-free basis, subject to working capital adjustments.  The sale was completed immediately upon execution of definitive agreements.

“As part of our long-term strategic roadmap, we are focusing on the large and growing markets of our core mobile connectivity and inertial navigation businesses,” says Martin Kits van Heyningen, chief executive officer of KVH.  “We intend to use the net proceeds of the sale to invest in three key growth initiatives that we expect will drive significant value creation, as well as to reduce our debt.  Specifically, we plan to invest in the development and commercialization of our photonic integrated chip technology for use in autonomous vehicles and other commercial and military platforms, to support the further acceleration of our AgilePlans (Connectivity as a Service) program, and also to finalize the development and launch of our IoT connectivity solution.  Videotel helped us to penetrate the commercial maritime markets initially, but our strategic approach has evolved to focus on faster growing markets that we believe will produce greater long-term shareholder value.”

To maintain continuity for KVH’s AgilePlans customers, KVH has retained certain rights to continue including the Videotel training content with the AgilePlans program. Management expects to issue revised financial guidance for the second quarter and full fiscal year of 2019 reflecting the sale of Videotel, along with select pro forma disclosures, on or about May 15, followed by an investor conference call.  In light of the anticipated financial impact of the transaction, investors should no longer rely on the guidance previously issued by KVH, which included anticipated revenues and expenses of the Videotel business.

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KVH Announces Two Key Leadership Positions for the Global Company

The promotions leverage business and maritime industry experience within the tech innovation company

MIDDLETOWN, RI – November 15, 2018 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), a leader in global mobile connectivity and inertial navigation solutions, today announced that Brent Bruun has expanded his responsibilities as chief operating officer, and Mark Woodhead has been named executive vice president of mobile connectivity. The promotions leverage the business and maritime industry experience of the two leaders.

In his role as chief operating officer, Mr. Bruun will now spearhead corporate business development; oversee all operational and financial aspects of KVH’s mobile connectivity and inertial navigation businesses; lead financial planning and analysis; foster investor relations; and work toward organizational excellence across the global company.
Mr. Bruun joined KVH in early 2008 and served as executive vice president of the mobile broadband group, the company’s largest business unit. Prior to joining KVH, Mr. Bruun was senior vice president with satellite operator SES Americom, and gained his strong corporate financial background from positions held with GE Capital and KPMG earlier in his career.

“I look forward to accelerating growth for KVH as we continue to strengthen our leadership market share with our mobile connectivity products and services, particularly in maritime VSAT, and increase the demand for our inertial solutions in the fast growing autonomous markets,” says Mr. Bruun, who is based in KVH’s global headquarters in Middletown, Rhode Island.

In Mr. Woodhead’s new role as executive vice president of mobile connectivity, he takes on leadership for EMEA, Asia, and Americas commercial sales; global leisure sales; KVH VideotelTM and KVH Media Group; global sales operations; and product line management. Mr. Woodhead previously served as KVH’s senior vice president, EMEA, overseeing mobile connectivity sales activities in the region and also overseeing KVH Videotel on a global basis. Mr. Woodhead has a strong background in sales and the commercial maritime industry, having focused on these areas for more than 20 years; he is based in KVH’s Leeds, U.K., office.

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KVH Videotel Announces Sales Director in Middle East for Maritime Focus

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Capt. Milind Karkhanis, an experienced maritime industry professional, will head efforts in Middle East and India

KVH VideotelTM has named Capt. Milind Karkhanis as sales director for the Middle East to develop business in this strategically important maritime location. Capt. Karkhanis has more than 40 years’ experience in the maritime industry, including 15 years at sea on tankers, bulk carriers, and containerships; on shore, he worked in Mumbai and Hong Kong in ship manning and operations roles. Capt. Karkhanis has recently relocated to Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“I am looking forward to servicing our current clients in the region and expanding our operations to new clients who are based in this part of the world,” says Capt. Karkhanis. “With the launch of Videotel Performance Manager earlier this month, we have an exciting platform for optimizing crew training, designed to help ship owners and managers effectively train their seafarers and maintain records as required by the IMO and ILO.”

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Hello Nautilus Crew, You’re Connected

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KVH and Ocean Exploration Trust announce partnership enabling Nautilus research crew to have Internet and daily news content while at sea

MIDDLETOWN, RI – October 4, 2017 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), today announced a partnership with Ocean Exploration Trust (OET), the international scientific research organization founded by RMS Titanic discoverer and renowned oceanographer Dr. Bob Ballard, to provide services and products to enhance the onboard experience for OET’s research team. In exchange, the team will provide firsthand feedback on various products that KVH develops.

“I am thrilled to be working with KVH, a leader in satellite communications headquartered right across the bay from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography,” says Dr. Ballard. A professor of oceanography at URI, Dr. Ballard is known for his ocean exploration efforts and his longtime commitment to providing real-time data and video from the vessel to land. “It’s been a dream of mine to have super high-speed data capabilities right from our vessel to reach the next generation of scientists and engineers and keep our own research team as connected as possible.”

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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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New Training Title Delivers Important Message on Sharing Near-Miss Information

Training programme from Videotel and The Standard Club addresses the need to report ‘near-miss’ incidents with others through an open, ‘no-blame’ safety culture

VideotelTM, a KVH company, has announced the launch of a new training programme, “Report a Near-Miss, Save a Life”, in association with The Standard Club, a protection and indemnity (P&I) club, which insures ship owners, operators, and charterers for their liabilities to third parties.

The training programme examines the importance of sharing near-miss reports, so that lessons can be learned and publicised throughout a fleet, to help reduce the chances of similar incidents happening.

Although standards have improved, since the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) adoption of the International Management Code for the Safe Operation of Ships and Pollution Prevention (ISM Code) in 1993, a high proportion of near misses at sea can still be attributed to human error. This fact was recently highlighted in the Marine Accident Investigation Branch’s Safety Digest report which identified that 75% of incidents received by the Confidential Hazardous Incident Reporting Programme (CHIRP) during the past 12 years could be traced to human factors.

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Safety of Hazardous Materials Tackled in Latest Videotel Training Release

hazmat picThis course, which is now widely available to Videotel customers, is designed for onboard crew who are involved with the planning, stowing, and handling of hazardous materials, and for staff ashore dealing with booking these materials as freight

Videotel™, part of KVH Industries, offers a comprehensive training package designed to enable crew and shipping office staff to become familiar with the rules governing the carriage of hazardous materials. These rules are specified in the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations, Subchapter C of 49 CFR; in the International Maritime Dangerous Goods (IMDG) Code produced by the IMO; and, in the relevant parts of Section B-V/c of the STCW Code.

The “HAZMAT Training Course” is included on the latest update to Videotel’s onboard training servers, known as VOD (Videotel On Demand). The package helps shipping companies to better manage costs by enabling onboard training rather than costly and time-consuming shore visits for training sessions.

On successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to use the aforementioned regulations and the IMDG Code to identify, categorise, and quantify highly hazardous or dangerous goods and explain how a product would be classified for an international maritime voyage. The course also indicates where to find advice on what personal protective equipment to wear when dealing with a spillage.

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KVH Announces NEWSlink Live Service with Richer Content to Enhance Digital Life at Sea

NEWSlink Live provides 24/7 world news and ‘play-by-play’ live sports reports to a wide variety of seafarers’ own devices

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LIVERPOOL, UK – November 14, 2016 – KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), is introducing NEWSlinkTM Live, a new digital content service for crew, at the CrewConnect Global conference, in Manila, November 15-16. This next-generation service enables seafarers to receive richer, more dynamic news, sports, finance, and entertainment content on their personal devices, and builds on KVH’s industry-leading NEWSlink service, in use on more than 9,000 vessels worldwide. NEWSlink Live offers crew a powerful digital wireless experience that supports all computers and mobile devices for easy access, while optimising satellite communications bandwidth and costs. NEWSlink Live delivers the existing daily NEWSlink print editions in an enhanced digital format, and also provides free access to a 24/7 world news feed, a unique ‘play-by-play’ live sports feed, and additional supplementary feeds and media services. This enhanced service is enabled by a customised mini-media player, supplied free of charge with every subscription.

“NEWSlink Live creates an improved experience for seafarers and provides a logical ‘next-step’ service to enhance NEWSlink’s existing daily and weekly newspaper service,” says Mark Woodhead, KVH senior vice president for training and content. “NEWSlink Live extends KVH’s commitment to provide the best content services at sea. We can now deliver news in whatever format best suits the vessel and its capabilities – NEWSlink print editions, the richer content of NEWSlink Live, or KVH’s unique IP-MobileCastTM content delivery service, which provides even more with NEWSlink TV.”

As a thought leader in the maritime industry, KVH is the platinum sponsor of the 2016 CrewConnect Global conference, together with maritime training provider VideotelTM, a KVH company. In addition to the NEWSlink Live presentation, there will be a Videotel demo during the conference to showcase a next-generation virtual experience using the latest and most powerful technology of the HTC Vive virtual reality (VR) system. The VR demo will enable users to explore a virtual 360˚ engine room space, and be able to perform a maintenance task with the use of wireless motion tracking controllers. “This virtual reality demonstration is a great example of how Videotel is constantly looking to the future and staying ahead of the industry to provide better services and a better understanding of how crews’ competency and well-being can have a dramatic impact on vessel performance,” says Mr. Woodhead. In addition to the NEWSlink service and Videotel maritime training programmes, KVH offers a wide range of solutions for the maritime industry. These services include mini-VSAT Broadbandsm connectivity, TracPhone® VIP-series satellite communications hardware, the IP-MobileCast content delivery service, and the comprehensive KVH OneCare™ service and support programme – a complete solution that KVH refers to as the Power of OneTM.

Videotel’s Ballast Water Management Programme Updated to Help Ships Comply with Newly Ratified Global Treaty

Videotel_Ballast_Water_Management (002)Immediate availability of updated programme will assist shipping in complying with maritime regulations that go into effect in 2017  

MIDDLETOWN, RI, and LONDON, UK – October 3, 2016 – VideotelTM, a KVH company (Nasdaq: KVHI), has revised its ballast water management (BWM) training package to address the requirements of the International Maritime Organization’s newly ratified BWM Convention, a global treaty that is designed to stop the spread of invasive species from ships’ ballast water. Beginning next year, all ships engaged in international trade will need: a ballast water management plan to remove or neutralize harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens; an International Ballast Water Management Certificate; and, an onboard record book to prove compliance.

Videotel’s training package, Ballast Water Management, Edition 2, available immediately, covers BWM plan implementation including proper record keeping and the need for operator training on a compliant onboard system to treat ballast water and eliminate unwanted organisms. The Videotel programme also describes various approved ballast water management systems that are appropriate for different types of vessels.

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