MAJ Highlights Shipping’s Safety Mission

Shipping is on a mission to ensure the safety of lives at sea. That’s the message from the Maritime Authority of Jamaica today (September 27) as the global shipping industry marks World Maritime Day. The lives of seafarers, passengers and the protection of property and the marine environment are all important components of the modern shipping industry.

This year’s theme for this important international milestone is maritime safety, coinciding as it does with the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic which sparked the development of the International Convention for the Safety of Life At Sea, 1974 (SOLAS). While shipping is now one of the safest modes of transport today the theme helps the maritime community to focus on ensuring it is made even safer.

The Maritime Authority of Jamaica (MAJ) is a party to SOLAS and, as a Flag State, Port State and Coastal State, takes its responsibilities very seriously. The country is a key player at the International Maritime Organization where it is a Category C Council member and is represented on a number of committees, including the Standards of Training and Watchkeeping committee which it chairs.

In addition, the MAJ is at the forefront of regional efforts to ensure and enhance safety. Jamaica is a member of the Caribbean Memorandum of Understanding on Port State Control and hosts the Secretariat’s offices in Kingston.

Rear Admiral Peter Brady, MAJ Director General, said: ““Today of all days, we must ensure our focus is on maritime safety and marine environmental protection. We at the Maritime Authority of Jamaica strive to ensure that the international vessels which call at our ports, those that operate locally, as well as those on the Jamaica Ship Registry, do so in a manner that ensures safety of the crew, passengers, the cargo, the vessel and the environment.”

Ship Management International Adds a New Dimension to Interactivity with its Website Relaunch

Ship Management International, the industry’s leading magazine for ship owners and ship managers, has re-launched its website offering up-to-the-minute news stories, comment and reaction from the global world of shipowning and shipmanagement.

The relaunch will create into the most highly viewed shipmanagement publishing portal in the industry, so offering advertisers even more online and print advertising opportunities at better value.
The new-look website is easier to navigate, filled with up-to-date news and insightful comment from industry leaders. With free access to back issues of SMI, there has never been a greater platform to showcase your business to shipping decision-makers.

The current issue of SMI is always displayed online in an interactive way enabling users to read their favourite shipping magazine easily on their smart phones or tablets. But from mid-October, subscribers will be able to navigate directly from an advert to the advertising company’s website just by hovering their cursor over the advertisement. This creates, for the first time, a synergy between print and online advertising and so offer even greater value to companies advertising their businesses and services.

The hard copy version of SMI is read and respected by 95% of the world’s ship owners, operators and managers* because it sets a news agenda filled with thought-provoking features and in-depth business analysis from the finest marine writers in the industry.


Notes To Editors:

• *Based on latest ABC circulation figures

To speak to someone about utilising SMI’s proven success to promote your business, call Karen Martin on 01296 682051.

STCW Compliance:When Training Delivers What Technology Cannot

The International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) aims to achieve for the shipping industry what increased technology has so far failed to deliver, namely a reduction in the 80% of accidents on board ship attributable to human error. Proper training and evaluation can make a real difference to these damning statistics and Videotel‘s newly launched STCW training programmes provide the tools to assist the ship owner and manager make a real difference.

“We have all seen the level of technology on board ship take off over the past few years“, says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. “Yet as the statistics show, the human factor has not changed appreciably, and indeed we have actually seen that the failure of individuals to come to grips with new technology can contribute to the accident rate. Maritime safety must focus on the role of the individual in taking responsibility for vessel safety and good training can help build the skills that prevent the occurrence of unwelcome incidents.”

Videotel has added three new courses to its STCW portfolio:

Marine Environmental Awareness – focuses on the ‘human element’ in preventing marine pollution, and educates, stimulates and empowers officers on board vessels and on-shore personnel to contribute to environmentally sound shipping.

Maritime Security Awareness – highlights the key issue that security is not a matter of luck, demonstrating that risks to life, ships, colleagues and passengers can be significantly reduced through knowledge, awareness and understanding, and most importantly knowing how to deal with all the latest security threats.

Entry into Enclosed Spaces – addresses the vital issue of health and safety in enclosed spaces, as many deaths are still attributable to this easily preventable hazard. Based on Videotel’s award-winning series of programmes, it provides all the latest rules and regulations that need to be adhered to in order to protect and save lives.

Marine Environmental Awareness and Marine Security Awareness are delivered using interactive Computer Based Training (CBT). Students follow easy on-screen instructions to progress through the course. The programme contains text with optional English language voiceover, still photographs, video clips and animations. Entry into Enclosed Spaces is available in VHS/DVD with support booklet, interactive CD-ROM and through Videotel On Demand (VOD).

Videotel Launches New Generation Videotel On Demand

The launch of VOD G2 (Videotel On Demand G2) and NVOD G2 (Networked Videotel On Demand G2) marks a major milestone in Videotel’s history and provides a worthy successor to the original VOD computer system installed on thousands of vessels and which has revolutionised training provision for many hundreds of thousands of seafarers throughout the world. The new VOD G2 versions offer a significantly improved experience for everybody using Videotel’s top quality maritime training programmes and integrated management systems, whether online, on board or on shore.

“Our G2 second generation operating system really does bring 21st century user benefits,” says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. “We now offer our complete training package in one brilliantly fast, user friendly, stable and state-of-art operating environment. Cloud based technology allows VOD G2 and NVOD G2 to access online services via our webFTA portal, the onshore records management program which enables access to all training records on all ships along with customised data assessments. There’s no better way to demonstrate to Port State Control Officers, ISM Auditors, Vetting Inspectors and other shore based authorities a more committed training structure.

“We will be using this new system to launch the latest version of our highly regarded ECDIS Training Course, updated to follow the new STCW Manila amendments and IMO guidelines. With the implementation of ECDIS as the primary means of navigation, this course provides the ideal solution to the pressures of complex training and ISM compliance faced by the shipping industry. And with its fast and intuitive new operating system, ship operators can be assured that VOD G2 makes the learning experience something really special.”

Videotel offers the full portfolio of award winning training packages through either VOD, or NVOD – the innovative networked version which provides access to Videotel’s videos, courses and interactive Computer Based Training across a ship’s network enabling multiple users to watch different programmes simultaneously. The G2 technology delivers a significantly improved experience and is easy to use with menu options provided in 10 different languages and instant access to recently viewed items and favourites.

The system offers advanced training delivery with a faster and more stable system for viewing all types of training, whether courses, programmes or CBTs; flash technology; massive storage; printable workbooks and key data. Individual company training programmes can be uploaded and used alongside Videotel training and the system offers easy integration with existing crew Safety Management Systems.

The new G2 system offers the ideal platform to deliver top class training for the 21st century with over 800 top quality maritime training courses instantly available and new training titles highlighted. Interactive material delivers challenging sets of randomised tests and questions, with instant review of areas requiring further study.


For Further Information Please Contact:
Elaborate Communications
Debra Massey
Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

Notes to Editors

Videotel’s ECDIS Training Course

In conjunction with the IMO, Videotel has updated its original ECDIS course to follow the new STCW Manila amendments and the 2012 IMO Model Course 1.27. The course provides a sound mind-set and understanding of the principles of the ECDIS system and how it should be used to facilitate navigational planning.

The course is intended for all deck officers as part of their mandatory ECDIS training and meets the following objectives via twelve modules:

■ Learn about the legislative background of ECDIS
■ Know the capabilities and functionality of ECDIS
■ Understand the capabilities and limitations of ENCs and RNCs
■ Learn how to operate ECDIS for route planning and route monitoring
■ Know how to analyse and interpret information from ECDIS
■ Be confident in operating and managing chart licenses and operational procedures
■ Fulfil part of the STCW Manila Amendments requirements for ECDIS training
Course outcomes
■ Candidates will understand the principles of ECDIS, the fundamentals of ECDIS capability and operation and will know how to use the system for route planning and monitoring. They will also know the limitations of ECDIS and the dangers of over-reliance.
■ Candidates will have completed part of the content of the IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27 (2012 edition)

Once this part of the training has been completed successfully, candidates can progress to an ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) centre for simulator training and then to type-specific training.

Cargo Care Solutions Unveils New Hatch Cover Support Pad At SMM

Hatch Cover and RoRo-equipment specialist Cargo Care Solutions is set to unveil its latest product development during this week’s popular SMM exhibition in Hamburg, Germany (September 4 to 7).

The UltraPad, a new type of polymer-based, self-lubricating hatch cover support pad has just received a type approval from Germanischer Lloyd in recognition of its low wear and low friction characteristics.

The UltraPad features an improved locking pin mechanism preventing loss of the pads. The very low friction rate means the UltraPad has a smooth sliding feature resulting in low noise operation. UltraPad has the lowest wear rate available on today’s market, ensuring the pad has a longer lifetime. Easy wear detection adds to the pad’s safety, making it easy to determine when it needs to be changed and therefore avoiding the damages which can occur to the hatch cover and coaming structure when a worn support pad is not replaced in time.

Peter Peltenburg, Group Director of Cargo Care Solutions, says: “This new hatch cover support pad represents excellent value for money for ship owners and managers –up to a forty per cent saving. In today’s market with tight margins this will certainly be a real benefit.”

The UltraPad can be used as replacement for other traditional types of hatch cover support pads and is available in a range of sizes to meet customer’s needs.

Cargo Care Solutions offers tailor-made programs to help identify the best solutions to keep your hatch covers in top shape. To discuss this further, please telephone:

+31 (0)10-4293222 (The Netherlands); +49 (0)40-7893160 (Germany); +65 (6235) 6188 (Singapore)