Videotel Films Gather International Awards

Awards are coming thick and fast for maritime training provider Videotel Marine International which has received five honours in the past few months.

The company has achieved:

– A Golden Reel award from the Media Communications Association International (MCA-I) Media Festival for its training film “Hydrodynamics and Interaction”

– A Gold Remi award for “Hydrodynamics and Interaction” at the WorldFest-Houston international film festival

– A Silver Remi from WorldFest for “The Mariner’s Role In Collecting Evidence”

– An award for Distinction in the International Academy of the Visual Arts’ annual Communicator Awards for its “Dynamic Positioning Basic Training Course”

– An Intermedia Globe Gold award from the The World Media Festival for “Piracy & Armed Robbery, edition 3”

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel, said: “These awards clearly demonstrate the effectiveness of Videotel’s films and animation as a training medium.  Realistic demonstrations, as seen in our training materials, are able to engage the viewer more emotively and graphically illustrate good and bad practices in a way the trainee can clearly assimilate.

“We are delighted to receive these awards. We have a highly qualified and experienced team of professional film-makers and multi-media developers at Videotel, producing accessible training films of exceptional quality and it is gratifying to see the international film industry recognising this expertise.”

ICS Presents Shipping’s Economic Challenges To World’s Transport Ministers

At the OECD International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany, the annual gathering of the world’s transport ministers from more than 50 countries (22-24 May), the views of the global shipping industry were represented by the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), the principal global trade association for shipowners.

ICS explained the realities of the very serious economic challenges presently confronting shipping at a special ministerial session on the financing of sustainable maritime transport. Speaking on behalf of ICS, Stena AB CEO, Carl-Johan Hagman said: “In the current economic climate the shipping industry has to work in close contact with shipping’s global regulators, especially the IMO, and make them fully aware of the implications of their actions.

“Protection of the environment is of great importance,” he confirmed, pointing out the need for balance between the measures taken with the economic impact of these measures.

Mr Hagman explained to the closed meeting: “Distillate fuels currently cost around fifty per cent more than residual fuel and the difference between the two fuels is expected to increase as the use of distillate becomes mandatory. Without significant extra production of distillate fuels, how should ship operators manage these extra fuel costs?”

Questioning how ship operators will manage all the additional costs associated with ecomeasures, Mr Hagman said the increases “threaten to rise so high that they may have a dramatic impact on world trade or force cargo back onto roads or to other less carbon-efficient modes of transport.

“If governments and regulators are serious about the concept of sustainable shipping, then we must give serious consideration to these cost-benefit questions,” he concluded.

Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Plans: “Failure is not an option”

When it comes to its long-ranging and dynamic plans to develop as an international logistics centre, failure is not an option for Jamaica, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Investment and Commerce.

Addressing the Jamaica Parliament as his contribution to the 2013/2014 Sectoral Debate and speaking to the theme of Achieving Transformational Growth, the Hon. Anthony Hylton said:
“Let me make it clear that, in this mission, failure is not an option”

During a comprehensive address, Mr Hylton gave details of how Jamaica is establishing a growth and development strategy “that changes our present reality and transforms the Jamaican economy”. Outlining the growth agenda he explained that the core components of this drive are “strategic investments, improving the business environment, macro-economic stability, entrepreneurship and innovation, energy efficiency and human capital development”.

Jamaica has already attracted significant investment interest in its project as it prepares to become the “fourth node” in the global logistics chain, following in the footsteps of Rotterdam, Singapore and Dubai. Minister Hylton said: “The same investors who developed the other three logistics hubs are now at the table with us, seeking to carve out individual mega projects and to acquire and upgrade existing assets through public/private partnership arrangements.”

Minister Hylton said the objective of the Logistics Hub Initiative was to “integrate the Jamaican economy into the global value and supply chain” and pointed out that the Initiative is a “central plank in Jamaica’s overall growth strategy”.

He advised the House of Representatives that the Jamaica Logistics Hub will host a cluster of shippers, freight forwarders and couriers together with large global businesses with substantial cargo flows. Speaking of Jamaica’s “competitive advantage” particularly in the shipping sector, Minister Hylton said the key factors benefiting the Hub were the expansion of the Panama Canal to carry larger vessels and volumes of cargo, the “paradigm shift” in global trade corridors from North to South thus benefiting the BRIC emerging countries, Jamaica’s robust telecommunications infrastructure and the country’s strategic geographical position on major sea and air routes. He vowed the Logistics Hub Initiative would transform the Jamaican economy and benefit its people.

Jamaica has plans to construct an ultra-modern technology park at Naggo Head with 750,000 square feet of space and the potential to employ 13,000 people. The first 100,000 sq ft of space has been booked by a fast-growing business processing outsourcing (BPO) company which will employ some 600 staff in the coming months. Construction is scheduled shortly on 200 acres of land within the Caymanas Economic Zone which will form the first phase of a potential 1,700 acre logistics centre. Further plans are being developed with the Port Authority of Jamaica.

Minister Hylton said: “The Logistics hub will not only bring in excess of $US nine billion and tens of thousands of jobs for our people, especially our young people, but also transform Jamaica’s position in the global economy.”
Notes to Editors:
• Jamaica’s Logistics Hub will consist of world class seaports (handling containers, dry bulk and liquid bulk commodities), airports, special economic zones, free zones, logistics parks, logistics centres, integrated intermodal transport capabilities, supporting infrastructure, telecommunications and trade facilitation mechanisms.

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Elaborate Communications: Sean Moloney Tel: +44 (0) 1296 682356

Videotel Launches Latest Training Catalogue

For forty years, Videotel has provided the maritime industry with relevant, up to the minute training for seafarers on key important issues such as safety, legislation and technology.

This year, to mark its 40th anniversary, Videotel has released its latest training catalogue, STCW Maritime Training Catalogue 2013-2014, which comprises more than 800 new and updated titles. It also reflects Videotel’s blended training approach for video, computer-based training (CBT) and interactive courses, available in some 29 languages.

Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, believes the company has worked very hard to earn and maintain its position as the world’s leading maritime training solutions provider due to careful research of the industry’s needs conducted by teams of experts, both in-house and gleaned from industry leaders. He says: “We began making training products for the marine industry back in 1973, at a time when major shipping companies needed to improve their onboard training and IMCO – the forerunner of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) – wanted to see high quality training materials supplied to maritime colleges, especially those in fast developing countries. We were delighted to step in and fulfil the brief, having now achieved well over 100 million training hours to date.”

“We still hold true to those values today by carefully researching our programmes, filming on location onboard ships and selectively using animation as and when circumstances dictate. Nothing, however, can achieve the emotiveness of film. A comprehensive team of experts from all sectors of the industry make up our highly respected steering committees. With every production, our experienced in-house team seeks the highest levels of quality and accuracy, consulting industry experts at every stage. What’s more, we continually update our material as regulations and operational techniques change.”

Videotel also boasts tutor-led distance learning training courses through Videotel Academy’s virtual classroom. As well as offering a selection of training titles and Webinars, Videotel Academy also offers bespoke training solutions for companies with specific requirements for their in-house training.

All training provided by Videotel is compliant with IMO ISM STCW standards and is available on board using Videotel On Demand (VOD), as well as online and onshore in video, CBT, interactive CD and accompanying booklet formats.

InterManager Discussion Reveals Lifeboat Hook Concerns

Lifeboat hooks can be “lethal” and their design is out of date and unsuitable to meet modern demands, according to serving seafarers whose views have been gathered by InterManager.

Following a series of incidents and fatalities involving lifeboat hooks, InterManager, the international trade association for the ship management industry, has gathered comments from seafarers of various ranks in an online discussion forum.

Crew members responded by pointing out that they believed the hook designs have not kept pace with developments in the global shipping industry. “Nothing really has changed for the last five millenniums,” said one Chief Engineer with 35 years’service on chemical carriers. “These hooks are lethal,” he said. A second Chief Engineer questioned: “Why are we still using very old designs and materials?” and a Master commented “I don’t trust hooks and their arrangements.”

Adding to the debate, a Captain questioned training regimes, saying: “Because almost every vessel has lifeboats of a different design it is very often [a] steep learning curve for all involved.”  While another likened his onboard training to “Russian roulette”.

Respondents included experienced Masters, Captains, Chief Engineers and Chief Officers who had served on a variety of vessels including LNG, chemical carriers, tankers and container ships.

InterManager Secretary General, Captain Kuba Szymanski, said: “There is a great depth of feeling in the industry on the subject of lifeboats and their safe operation. They are meant to save lives not to endanger them further. I am pleased InterManager has been able to facilitate this debate”


Notes To Editors:

· The full InterManager discussion can be seen on the InterManager Linked-In page:

· InterManager also has a Facebook page which in its first month of operation has already attracted 5,000 viewers.

Videotel Launches Unique Flag State Administration System at IMO

Videotel will be launching a unique training software programme, Videotel webFSA, at IMO STW 44, on Wednesday, 1 May 2013. A sophisticated Flag State Administration Training and Record Management system, Videotel webFSA, provides Member States with the assistance they need to meet the forthcoming IMO requirement for a global quality management system in the implementation and enforcement of Member State obligations and responsibilities relating to maritime transport.

Developed in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Shipping Registry, and created from Videotel’s highly successful web Fleet Training Administrator (webFTA), Videotel webFSA is a highly secure web based solution built around cloud based technology providing the detailed reporting needed to access to a surveyor’s records, results and performance instantly via the internet – wherever in the world they are operating. This will provide the Member State with the detailed reporting necessary to meet the requirements of the Voluntary IMO Member State Audit Scheme (VIMSAS), Resolution A.946 (23) which is likely to become mandatory in 2015.

“Videotel webFSA is an extremely powerful, highly secure, on-shore records management programme, comprising of an outstanding piece of software that offers a custom made solution for Member States,” explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. “Since Videotel was established 40 years ago we have worked closely with the IMO and Member States to understand the specific needs of the regulatory side of the industry and to provide training and administrative support to simplify the compliance process. The time saved by a Member State using webFSA is significant.

“Working from a central database makes operations run smoother for everyone. This simple to use system saves time tracking surveyor training and processes audits quickly. With the individual training planner, the management team is able to build custom training schedule matrices targeting individual surveyor ranking using an easy-to-use drag and drop interface.”

Videotel webFSA allows surveyors to maintain and progress their education and training wherever they are in the world, accessing Videotel On Demand (VOD) Online through the Videotel webFSA portal.

This new, highly secure web-based system allows surveyor training programmes to continue uninterrupted, providing full access to the VOD suite of training titles, the individual Member State surveyor training programme schedule and real-time training records, any time a surveyor accesses the system through an internet connection. Fast, flexible, requiring no software whatsoever and with an unlimited number of users able to use the system at any one time, there is no compromise on speed of delivery.

Videotel webFSA will provide Member States with the tools they need to meet quality objectives in areas as diverse and difficult to police as Registration, Survey & Inspection, Casualty Investigation, STCW Compliance, Development of National legislation and Port State Control to name a few.