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2018 MarTID Insights Series: A Deep Dive Into the Results

Posted to Murray Goldberg's Blog (by on June 5, 2018

By now you may have already heard about the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) initiative, collaboratively founded by the World Maritime University, New Wave Media and my company, Marine Learning Systems.

As a quick summary, MarTID aims to provide comprehensive and objective data on maritime industry training practices, foci, and outcomes around the world. Data is gathered through an annual maritime training survey that is made available to the general maritime community. You can read more about the survey initiative and report here.

This blog series will take a deeper look into the findings from the inaugural 2018 MarTID Training Practices report and the insights that arise from them.

Key Findings
1. An average of $819 USD is spent per seafarer on training.
The average operator spent $819USD per seafarer for maritime training in 2017, which works out to roughly $70USD per month per seafarer. This number represents expenditures an operator spends on training related areas: internal training costs (course procurement and development, trainer costs); capital expenditures (in-house simulation centers, training software); external training (sending crew for training at maritime academies or simulation centers) and more.  As MarTID continues in the coming years, we will be able to see trends in training expenditures per seafarer – if they’re increasing or decreasing, and what drives these changes.

2.Training budgets on average are rising.
The average operator saw an increase in total training budget from 2016 to 2017, with the typical increase in the 5% - 25% range. The main reasons for the increase were attributed to capital expenditures, increased regulatory requirements and an increased focus on safety. From this, we can infer that the industry is seeing the value of technology in maritime training and that operators are increasingly valuing training as an important driver of safety. Regulatory requirements also remain an important driver of training budgets, and thus in turn, is an important driver of training itself. This conclusion is echoed in Finding #5.

3. There is no universal training ‘silver bullet’.
Respondents employed a variety of training methods for crew training; there is no single, agreed-upon method used for training. More than 25% of operators used face-to-face instruction, e-learning, videos and simulation to transfer knowledge and skills to their employees. This is good: each training method has their own advantages and disadvantages, and blending techniques helps to negate the drawbacks of each. 

4. Most operators have high confidence in their training program.
Nearly 70% of operators feel that their company’s training practices are better than average. More importantly, a large majority (approximately 77%) feel that their training adequately covers operational risks.

5. Accident reduction is the most important driver of training.
While training serves multiple purposes, reducing accidents is the most important of them according to most operators. This also means that most operators view training as an important factor in operational safety and accident reduction. Complying with regulations is the second more important reason that operators train, with increasing operational efficiency and effectiveness as the third most important. 

6. New technology, safety skills, environmental sustainability and competency training are key priorities for the upcoming years.
Among the training priorities listed for the next 5 years, the top 4 include training that addresses crew competency, safety, new technology and environmental sustainability. Operators are aware that as maritime technology evolve there needs to be new training that can address the new equipment. And though a majority view that their training practices are better than average (Finding #4), many have training priorities that look to improve their safety, environmental sustainability and crew competence.

7. There are mixed attitudes towards the relevancy of STCW.
When asked to give their general perspective on the STCW, 15% of the respondents feel that the STCW is not aligned with current and future maritime training needs. Conversely, 15% of the respondents feel that the STCW is appropriate for international training requirements in its current state, however the code must be implemented effectively for this to be the case. Further opinions expand on these views, with many stating that the code is a good foundation to build upon, and others who believe that additional development and expansion is needed.
The 2018 MarTID Training Practices Report contain a wealth of information, over 40 pages of data in fact. In the coming months I will be highlighting insights and data points from each section (training budgets and resources, methods and tools used for training, how training is tracked and measured, etc.). 

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About the Author:
Murray Goldberg is the founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems (www.marinels.com), a provider of software that supports the full breadth of maritime training and assessment. Murray began research in eLearning in 1995 at the University of British Columbia. He went on to create the world’s first commercially successful LMS for higher education, serving 14 million students in 80 countries. With Marine Learning Systems, Murray is playing a part in advancing the art and science of learning in the maritime industry.


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