Friday, December 6, 2013

Venue for Harbour Master Training Course is UK's Busiest RoRo Ferry Freight Port

Essential Training for Managers and Others to be Held in February
Shipping News Feature

UK – Dover, Britain’s busiest port for RoRo ferry traffic and responsible for the throughput of much of the country’s freight trade with Europe is to be the venue for a training course essential to many of those responsible for marine traffic wherever they may work. In partnership with the Port of Dover Consultancy, BMT Isis (BMT), a subsidiary of BMT Group, has announced the launch of a two day, interactive training course and workshop for Harbour Masters, Port Managers and Port Authorities. Entitled ‘Managing Port Safety and Security’, the course will provide delegates with a better understanding of what’s required to help meet the guidance contained within the Port Marine Safety Code.

Delegates will be given the opportunity to take part in an interactive emergency planning and response exercise using BMT’s Rembrandt simulation software, enabling attendees to identify and assess risk mitigation measures. This exercise will also help to plan for and respond to emergency situations and run ‘what if’ scenarios within a simulated port environment. Lee Rhodes, Senior Consultant at BMT Isis explains:

“We’re excited to be working in partnership with the Port of Dover to deliver this bespoke workshop. This programme is yet another example of our commitment to continuous improvement and sharing best practice within the industry in which we operate. We provide a range of safety awareness training courses including risk assessment and management techniques and application of the PSMC, ISM and ISPS codes.”

For their part senior staff employed within the Port of Dover are keen to see such training readily available in a bid to make harbour transit, one of the areas in which accidents, both major and minor, can occur even to the best prepared. Kevin Richardson, Chief Harbour Master from Port of Dover comments:

“I am delighted to be a part of this exciting training initiative with BMT. I believe strongly that the blend of expertise and experience provided by both organisations will really benefit port professionals and port executives alike to better understand their roles and responsibilities in port marine safety and port security.”

Photo: An image from the Rembrandt simulation.