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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

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Bureau Veritas Launches Online Maritime Training Courses

Bureau Veritas (BV) says it has launched the BVS eAcademy to provide online learning for marine and offshore energy markets across the globe.Led by BV Solutions Marine & Offshore (BVS M&O), BVS eAcademy offering more than 25 maritime courses developed from BV’s own internal training academy which, since 2016, has delivered more than 20,000 training sessions to more than 1,500 BV staff.Delivered online and on-demand, the course are suitable for maritime professionals, or students looking to develop their awareness and understanding of specific areas of expertise…

Marcus Cheesman, Founder, Seven Seas Preparatory Academy

Profiles in Training: Marcus Cheesman, Founder, Seven Seas Preparatory Academy

Marcus Cheesman started his maritime training in 1987 at the early age of 13, attending Trinity House Navigation School, the UK’s only Nautical school. Upon graduation he was selected for a deck cadet apprenticeship with P&O Cruises and continued to progress through the ranks with P&O Cruises, Princess Cruises, Holland America Line (including Windstar Cruises) and Disney Cruise Line, ultimately obtaining his Master Mariners license in 2002. He has piloted vessels on the busy River Humber based in his home town Hull…

Captain Ted Morley, COO and Academic Principal at MPT in Fort Lauderdales.

Profiles in Training: Capt. Ted Morley, MPT

Captain Ted Morley is a ubiquitous figure in maritime training circles, the COO and Academic Principal at MPT in Fort Lauderdales. MPT consistently enrolls more than 10,000 students annually, catering to the whole maritime market from super yachts to super tankers and everything in between. He shares his insights on how the current pandemic is changing maritime training, now and in the future.How have you altered your operations due to the pandemic?Even before COVID-19 we designed our main campus to fight viruses and improve air quality.

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Dredging: Essential Critical Infrastructure Workforce

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released guidance to help state and local jurisdictions and the private sector identify and manage their essential workforce while responding to COVID-19.The Dredging Contractors of America (DCA) helped the federal government develop this first-of-a-kind guidance on Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.“This is why Government Coordinating Councils and Sector Coordinating Councils are so important.

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250 Graduates from 79 Countries: IMO Univ

Future maritime leaders from more than 70 countries graduated this week (3 November) from International Maritime Organization (IMO)’s World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden.WMU was founded in 1983 by IMO as a center of excellence for maritime postgraduate education, research, and capacity building. It offers unique postgraduate educational programs, undertakes wide-ranging research in maritime and ocean-related studies and helps build maritime capacity in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Lloyd’s Maritime Academy Adds New Tech Courses

Lloyd’s Maritime Academy launched a new portfolio of courses focusing on Technology and Innovation. “Digitalization is becoming part of everyday life within shipping where techniques from other industries such as big data and cyber security are being adopted," said Paul Napper, Course Developer at Lloyd’s Maritime Academy. "It’s important that people working within maritime have a strong understanding of these techniques and the positive impact they can have. Maritime assets such as ships are expensive therefore…

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IMarEST’s MLA College Partners with BAU Global

The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST)’s education arm - MLA College - is partnering with BAU Global Education Network to deliver more marine distance learning to a wider audience around the world.BAU Global subscribes to an ethos of education without borders and comprises universities, schools and liaison offices across 4 continents. The organisation offers nearly two hundred school and higher education programs in a variety of disciplines, which are not only accredited by a professional organisation…

 Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU’s President

WMU: Maritime Energy Postgraduate Diploma

The World Maritime University has launched a new Postgraduate Diploma program on Maritime Energy via distance learning. The new program is designed to take a holistic approach from ships to ports and shipyards, combining technical solutions with a socio-economic-environmental perspective.“The 2015 Paris Agreement and new IMO greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) Strategy require a significant reduction in GHG to be achieved over the coming decades, reaching zero emissions of CO2 before the end of this century,” said Dr Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, WMU’s President.

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Maritime Education to Focus on Quality

As a United Nations agency, International Maritime Organization (IMO)  is firmly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, one of which is about delivering quality education.A press note from the UN agency said that an important element of its efforts in this regard are its two maritime educational institutions – the World Maritime University (WMU) and the IMO International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI). Both are focussed on delivering high-level education in maritime-related…

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Maritime Welfare Training: More Important than Ever

The shipping industry is facing unprecedented change. With topics such as new environmental regulations and the opportunities and challenges of digitalisation dominating the conversation, seafarers’ welfare has tended to be overlooked.This trend is slowly changing as the industry continues to recognize the need to professionalize its approach to maritime welfare, but there is a long way to go. True, that there are model owners and operators within the industry who uphold the highest standards of welfare for their crew…

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The World Maritime University Celebrates 35 Years

Alongside the 70th anniversary of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), in 2018, the World Maritime University (WMU) is celebrating 35 years. WMU has made a major contribution to global maritime education, research and capacity building. In this respect its legacy has been transformative with its extensive network of leaders in the maritime and ocean sectors, with 4,654 WMU alumni from 167 countries to date. In the early 1980s, the IMO identified a shortage of well-qualified, highly educated maritime experts, particularly in developing countries.

Captain Harry Gale (Photo: The Nautical Institute)

Cape Town Hosts Nautical Institute Command Seminar

The second in The Nautical Institute’s 2017 series of Command Seminars continues to focus on Navigation Accidents and their Causes, a topic that is receiving considerable attention in the industry. The seminar began today in Cape Town, South Africa, with NI President Captain Duke Snider FNI giving the opening address before handing over to South African Maritime Safety Authority CEO Sobantu Tilayi for the keynote address. Independent marine consultant Captain Alan Reid MNI, then introduced the main theme.

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Mercury Marine Technician Certification Program Launched

Universal Technical Institute, a provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, is launching the first Mercury Marine technician career training certification program at its Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) campus in Orlando. Marine Technician Specialist program students now can pursue and achieve provisional certification as factory-certified technicians for Mercury Marine outboard products.

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Scientists Produce Data from Largest Single Volcano

Tamu Massif is a volcano the size of New Mexico and lurks 6,500 feet beneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean. During their 36 day expedition, the science team undertook a survey of immense proportions mapping an area nearly one million square kilometers in size. Not only were they able to gather new high-resolution acoustic imagery of this little known volcano, but they also collected 1.7 million magnetic measurements to better understand how such a large volcano was formed.

Jenny Matthew (Photo: Jee)

Engineers Seek Flexible Benefits from Virtual Classrom

Looking at the global application of Online Distance Learning (ODL), according to a 2014 report from the International Council for Open and Distance Education, in 2007 there were 150 million students worldwide engaged in distance learning, with a predicted 400 million students by 2030. Truly highlighting the worth and potential of online learning. These predictions are certainly supported by Jee Ltd, a leading engineering and training firm, which recognizes that traditional tutor-led classroom methods of training can be costly…

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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.

Matthew R. Werner (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute

Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean. Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015. Professor Werner is an accomplished educator with extensive leadership and administrative experience. Professor Werner began his career in the ship design, construction, and operations fields and joined the Webb faculty in 2002. In 2010, he was designated Webb’s first American Bureau of Shipping Chair in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering.

Henry Anderson (Photo: MCS)

MCS Trains Catering Crew to Stick to Daily Food Budget

Master Chef Henry Anderson of Marine Catering Services (MCS) has seen it all in his career both as a Catering Consultant and Chef onboard sea going vessels, oil rigs and land based units. He is the founder of MCS and is passionate about his profession. “It’s all about ensuring that proper procedures and structures are in place for the catering staff to implement and follow. Without these systems, some kitchens onboard vessels are not running correctly to industry standards and requirements when I first visit them,” he said.

Maritime Training Academy Announces Diploma in Maritime Security

The Maritime Training Academy announced the launch of its new diploma in maritime security today. The Surrey, UK-based distance learning center said the diploma in maritime security will commence April 1st, 2015 and will consist of 11 modules including ISPS code, Passenger Vessel Security, Superyacht and Private Yacht Security. It will cover preventative measures and security procedures as well as event responses. All students are required to successfully complete and pass the module assignments. Diploma students are also required to sit a final examination in either April or October 2016.

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New Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management

Admissions have now opened for the new Postgraduate Diploma in Executive Maritime Management, offered by the World Maritime University (WMU) in cooperation with DNV GL Maritime Academy. Managers in today’s extremely competitive maritime industry need to cope with ongoing technical, regulatory and commercial developments. They must also be able to anticipate future developments and react in advance. To give participants maximum flexibility, the Postgraduate Diploma is offered as a distance-learning programme…

L-R  Tim Sydenham, Business Partner for Research and Innovation at Plymouth University; Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor David Coslett; Professor Simon Handley, Head of the School of Psychology; and IMarEST’s Chief Operating Officer Paul James.

IMarEST Acquires HA

IMarEST has  announced its acquisition of Plymouth University’s Hydrographic Academy (HA). Launching on November 1, the new venture – Marine Learning Alliance Ltd. – will see IMarEST experts and HA academics develop a new suite of e-learning courses to run alongside existing Hydrographic Academy programs. IMarEST will build on the HA’s existing innovative methods to provide blended distance and mobile e-learning, allowing students to learn from distance and earn academic and professional qualifications.

Ocean Training Launches Blended Learning Course

Major revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (The STCW Convention) came into force in 2012. The “Manila Amendments - 2010” were adopted at a diplomatic conference at Manila, in the Philippines in 2010. These aim to establish a Global standard for Training and Certification of seafarers to ensure operation of technically advanced ships of the future. The Manila 2010 amendments include the introduction of modern training methodology such as Distance Learning and Web based training.

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Hydro Group: Invest in the Future

Figures published earlier this year show that Scotland’s current levels of youth unemployment (16-24-year-olds) is at 853,000 – 18.8 percent – more than double that of the average age working population. According to Sir Ian Woods’s new report, Scotland's vocational education system must be improved if youth unemployment is to fall. He launched the report aimed at getting more young Scots into work recommending that employers play a far bigger role in schools and colleges. One…

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New Courses Fill Catering Knowledge Gap

A survey of officers and crew by a leading tanker owner suggests catering and galley staff throughout the industry may be in urgent need of training, according to Seagull. The computer-based training provider draws attention to a thorough survey of all ranks undertaken by Finaval S.p.A, a tanker owner, in cooperation with CIRM (International Radio-Medical Centre Rome) and UNICAM (Centre for Clinical Research, Telemedicine and Telepharmacy, Camerino University) focusing on knowledge and understanding of food hygiene and food handling best practice.

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Videotel Expands LNG Training

With its latest offering, Videotel said now provides a more extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, among others – the company said it has created a package of training covering the essentials required when operating in this important market. Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, said, “Twice as many LNG carriers are operating today compared with five years ago, leading to a growing demand for quality training in the sector.

Performance-Based Assessments

In a maritime environment where the benchmark for competence now far exceeds mere compliance with STCW and flag state benchmarks, a new generation of simulation technology is helping to measure real mariner capabilities. At the heart of it all is Transas and one of its primary customers, Maritime Professional Training. At the Transas 2013 Users Conference, held this summer in Maryland, USA, the best and brightest that maritime training and simulation has to offer came together for a four-day summit.