Technology: New FiFi Simulator from Kongsberg Digital
Kongsberg Digital unveiled an innovative new simulator solution for training officers and crew in advanced firefighting. K-Sim Safety offers high fidelity simulation covering all aspects of fire safety. K-Sim Safety contributes to reducing the impact of fire on board as well as planning strategies and tactics to control fire in various parts of the ship, enabling a safer and more effective response to incidents when they occur.K-Sim Safety delivers practical exercises simulated in a realistic environment and meets the STCW regulation VI/3…
IMCA’s New Videos Promote Safe Work Practices
Over a two year period, the International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) will launch 15 short videos promoting safe working practices to complement the existing IMCA pocket cards, which will be revised at the same time. These are designed to cross all cultures, boundaries and backgrounds. All will feature a computer generated blue animated character, the first appearance of which was in IMCA’s ‘In the Line of Fire’ (SEL 036) and ‘Mooring Incidents’ (SEL 038) videos in 2014/2015.
OOCL Renews VOD Training Contract
Videotel, producer and distributor of training videos, 3D animation, and e-Learning courses to the maritime market and part of KVH Industries, Inc., (Nasdaq: KVHI), has renewed its contract with Orient Overseas Container Line (OOCL) to supply the full Videotel On Demand (VOD) and software solutions service. VOD delivers high-quality, award-winning training materials, available as an onboard and online e-Learning library, with accompanying recording and reporting software, making it easy for crew members to select specific training courses to learn new skills and develop their careers.
DNV GL’S Software Brings RAM Studies beyond Design Stage
With profit margins under pressure, oil and gas companies are focused on getting more out of existing assets while significantly reducing capital expenditure. Recent data shows that a 5% improvement in Opex could save £490 million on the UK Continental Shelf alone. The new DNV GL release of Maros and Taro software provides powerful tools to support these improvements. With the new release of DNV GL’s Maros software for reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM) analysis for the upstream oil and gas industry…
Videotel Secures NMA Approval
Videotel, the leading international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has received the approval of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for its security training courses. Videotel’s “Maritime Security Awareness,” “Designated Security Duties,” and “Shipboard Security Officer” training courses have been approved in their entirety by the NMA for meeting the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) codes, and seafarers completing these courses will receive the necessary qualifications and certificates for shipboard duty.
Changing Classrooms for Changing Class Societies
The role of IACS classification societies has evolved over time. Career development within those organizations has also changed. At the forefront of this movement is the American Bureau of Shipping. Mark A. McGrath is the Corporate Learning Officer at Houston-headquartered American Bureau of Shipping. The job description is a relatively new one – just three years old – and, ABS could have given him any one of a half dozen titles. In truth, the semantics of what to call the individual…
Videotel Produces 500th Computer-based Training Course
Videotel, an international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., (KVHI), has launched its 500th computer-based training (CBT) e-Learning course. Videotel’s latest course, entitled “The Work of the Emergency Response and Rescue Vessel (ERRV),” covers the crew’s key objectives and emergency procedures when operating these vessels in global offshore oil and gas fields. The CBT course also details the day-to-day operational function of the ERRV.
Nagata to Lead Relocated Yanmar HQ
Yanmar has announced far-reaching strategic changes to its marine recreational engine business. In a double break with traditional Japanese business practices, Yanmar Marine International commenced the relocation of its marine recreational engine business headquarters from Osaka to Almere in the Netherlands and recruited Shiori Nagata as its first president, with effect from January 1 this year. Almere, about 40km to the east of Amsterdam, has been home to Yanmar Europe BV since 1988…
Videotel Launches New Heavy Lifts and Project Cargo Program
Videotel has produced a new training program which tackles the often complex handling issues involved in the loading or discharge of project cargoes and heavy lifts. The Heavy Lifts and Project Cargoes program is a mix of live action and computer animation and is available on is available in various formats, including Videotel On Demand (VOD), VOD Online, DVD and e-Learning CBT (Computer Based Training). It also comes with accompanying workbook. The program covers the planning involved in preparing for a lift both ashore and onboard…
Training Matters To The Bottom Line
Shipowners considering their future training needs would be well advised to ensure they view Videotel’s very latest video - Training Matters. Demonstrating that good training makes sense to the bottom line, it details how ship operators can receive a tangible return on investment with more efficient operations; fewer accidents; less off-hire time; lower insurance premiums; improved compliance with legislation and a more motivated workforce. Introducing Training Matters to an audience of ship owners and ship managers at the Sonangol Shipping Safety Seminar in Angola earlier this month…
Revolutionary SHARC Subsea Cutter Quicker & Safer
Chet Morrison Contractors SHARC℠ increases diver safety and reduces job time by 60%. Chet Morrison Contractors has developed an innovation in subsea cutting that offers substantial improvement over existing technologies. SHARC℠ (Subsea Hydraulic Abrasive Rotating Cutter) was developed to make subsea P&A work safer for divers by eliminating the need for hand jetting and reducing the time divers spend under water performing. In addition, SHARC reduces overall job time by 60 percent and can be deployed by Chet Morrison’s 240-foot…
Forensics of the Sea
The sheer magnitude of insurance claims year on year within the shipping industry is striking. The complexities that now come with these claims is placing increasing pressure on surveyors to employ ever more sophisticated techniques in their quest to determine the reasons behind an incident and ascertain where the liability falls. Jeroen De Haas, Managing Director of BMT De Beer, and Han Wensink, Managing Director of BMT ARGOSS, subsidiaries of BMT Group, explain the complexities behind marine investigations.
New Offshore Motion Prediction, Stability & Modelling Software
Bentley’s latest SACS release provides advanced visualization of motions prediction & expanded offshore wind turbine analysis. SACS version 5.5 is software that expands installation capabilities, integrates new wind turbine platform design functionality, and introduces floating analysis for offshore vessels. Leveraging Australia-based Bentley’s November 2011 acquisition of Perth-based FormSys and its Maxsurf technology, these SACS release enhancements provide integrated workflows between offshore vessel modeling and structural analysis of motion induced loads…
Offshore Wind Turbine Access System Trial Completed
Houlder & BMT Nigel Gee announce that their jointly developed Turbine Access System (TAS) has successfully completed offshore trials. The TAS was fitted to Turbine Transfers’ 24m Cemlyn Bay for a four week trials period at RWE’s Rhyl Flats offshore windfarm off the coast of Wales. The TAS is a lightweight motion compensated gangway that provides substantially improved access to offshore wind turbines for maintenance personnel. It considerably increases the level of safety and operability, both of which are prime goals for offshore wind farm operators and developers.
Weather Charts for Raytheon Anschütz ECDIS
The German-based navigation specialist Raytheon Anschütz is now offering an integrated weather chart overlay for the Synapsis ECDIS. Taking the special needs of navigation into consideration, the layer was developed in close cooperation with meteorological experts of the German sea weather provider WetterWelt. With the new feature Raytheon Anschütz combines sea chart and weather chart in one display. All weather parameter, which are important for navigation, are presented as values or symbols on a separate layer and can be switched on and off any time.
Powell Named President of JMS Naval Architects
JMS Naval Architects & Salvage Engineers (JMS) has named Blake Powell to the position of President. Mr. Powell previously served as Vice President. Rick Fernandes, who has been with the firm since its founding, has been named Vice President. Jack Ringelberg will remain onboard as Chief Executive Officer and Bruce Banks, who founded JMS in 1988, remains Chairman. Powell previously served as JMS Vice President and has over 20 years of experience providing naval architecture, marine engineering…