Monday, March 11, 2013

From Container Shipping and Throughout the Ocean Freight and Logistics Sectors Training is Vital

Today the Education of Tomorrow's Professionals Requires Investment to Ensure Safety and Reliability in the Future
Shipping News Feature
  • JAPAN—CARIBBEAN – NETHERLANDS – In the modern world of container shipping, as with all branches of logistics, training for specific jobs as well as more general qualifications in subjects such as Health and Safety, has become a prerequisite of many employment positions. Recently several leading groups associated with the carriage of ocean freight have announced programmes aimed a educating the next generation of maritime professionals in the essentials of their future careers.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL) last week announced that it has built additional training facilities and cabins on CADET training vessels (10 containerships and 5 VLCCs) and started a new onboard intensive training programme, called Cadet Actual Deployment for Education with Tutorial (CADET Training).

With a maximum 330 trainees per year, 8 per vessel in each programme, and a boarding period of 2 to 6 months, MOL provides the CADET training programme for officer candidates aboard the vessels that are actually in service. This allows cadets who will be required to support safe operation in the future to acquire basic safety education, gain a thorough understanding of the company’s guiding principles of safe operation, and practices based on those principles. In addition, the programme will provide tailor-made guidance from expert onboard instructors for individual cadets based on a standard training programme that covers the skills required for their specific jobs.

MOL had already started this programme in its Tanker Division, which is required to meet advanced safety standards, using two VLCCs, and about 30 trainees are currently taking the course. The company plans to now extend the scheme to containerships and other VLCCs, which already scheduled to provide basic scheduled training courses.

MOL uses target achievements it has termed ‘The Four Zeroes’, No serious marine accidents; zero oil pollution, no fatal accidents; and zero serious cargo damage. In its midterm management plan called ‘GEAR UP! MOL’ which aims to produce the self proclaimed ‘world leader in safe operation’, the company continually strives toward enhancement of safe operation by providing full-fledged training both from hardware and software aspects for seafarers to further increase their skill level.

In other maritime training news, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) an ISO 9001:2008 certified institution and the region's centre of excellence for tertiary maritime, logistics, engineering training, research and consultancy, has ordered multiple VSTEP simulators for its new high tech simulation centre at the campus in Kingston, Jamaica. Fritz Pinnock, Director of the CMI, said:

“We are very pleased with our engagement of VSTEP because the purchase of these simulators will solidify our position as the simulator centre of the Caribbean. It will also make CMI the simulator showroom for VSTEP in the Americas.”

The new simulation centre will serve as a hub for maritime training and education in the Caribbean region, and aims to provide high quality training for maritime students and professionals alike in ship-handling, collision avoidance, Engine Room procedures and operations, as well as Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS), Radar/ARPA, Automatic Identification System (AIS) and other navigational aids.

After a thorough evaluation of the available maritime simulator solutions in the market, CMI says it selected VSTEP’s Nautis maritime simulators because of their high-quality, cost-effectiveness and compliance to the latest International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (IMO STCW) regulations.

The Nautis simulators for the CMI centre include a Nautis Full Mission Bridge simulator and Class C Engine Room simulator. Incorporated in the order are NAUTIS classroom setups for Engine Room Training which includes multiple Engine Room desktop stations, and an additional classroom of Nautis Part Task Desktop Trainers, maximising training accessibility and effectiveness at the facility which will also include additional VSTEP RescueSim virtual incident management simulators for realistic training of maritime incidents. Mark Polderman, Sales Director VSTEP, commented:

“We are proud to have the Caribbean Maritime Institute join the VSTEP family. With this investment, the CMI underlines its ambition to become the pinnacle of maritime training centres in the Caribbean, incorporating professional simulator training of the highest quality into its curriculum.”

Photo: Section of a Nautis simulation screen