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Monday, October 21, 2019

Merchant Navy Training Board News

Sir Michael Bibby. Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby New President of UK Chamber of Shipping

Sir Michael Bibby was elected President of the UK Chamber of Shipping at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting in London. He becomes the Chamber’s 132nd president in its 140th year. John Denholm, chairman of J&J Denholm, was elected Vice-President at the meeting, which was attended by over 100 people from the Chamber’s member companies. Sir Michael is planning to step back from his position as Managing Director of Bibby Line Group during 2018 to allow him to better focus his time on external work interests, including his involvement with the UK Chamber.

Photo:  UK Chamber of Shipping

Action Must be Taken If We are to Address UK Seafarer Shortfall

UK Chamber CEO Guy Platten has responded to the publication of the Department for Transport Seafarer Projections Review by calling on government to back its SMarT Plus proposal. The Department for Transport has this week published a study to assess the UK supply and demand for trained seafarers to fulfill roles at sea and onshore over the coming decade. The UK Seafarer Projections study identified a shortage of 3,000- 4,000 UK deck and engine officers, and 2,000 UK ratings by 2026.

Hanjin Louisiana (Photo: Nautilus)

Cadets Stranded on Hanjin Ship Head Home

The Hanjin Louisiana, one of the containerships caught up in the collapse of the South Korean shipping company Hanjin, has finally docked in Singapore after several weeks of uncertainty at sea. Among those onboard the containership were four Scottish cadets, who disembarked in Singapore on September 28 for flights back home to the U.K., BBC reports. The four trainee officers studying at the City of Glasgow College – Ruaridh Hanna, David Gorniak, Graeme Deacon and Gavin McPhail – were among an estimated 2…

UK Seafarers Awareness Week Taking Shape

With two weeks to go, Seafarers Awareness Week 2016 is shaping up to be the biggest campaign yet, since its inception by the charity Seafarers UK in 2010. Seafarers Awareness Week, slated for June20-26, will this year showcase Maritime Jobs for Future Generations, and there has never been a more timely campaign to promote U.K. maritime careers and employment opportunities, both at sea and ashore. Recent reports, including the U.K. Gov.U.K. Shipping Fleet Statistics 2015 and the BIMCO/ICS Manpower Report, have revealed a growth in U.K.

Photo: UK Chamber of Shipping

UK Seafarers: Positive New Statistics Mask Reality

UK Seafarer statistics launched today show a slight overall increase of 2% from 2015, rising to 23,380 at the end of June 2015. The total number of UK seafarers active at sea was estimated to be 23,380. The number of UK officers remained at 10,930 - largely unchanged from 2014. The total number of UK Ratings rose by 5% to around 8,830 – the first increase in the number of ratings since 2011. The number of officer cadets in training remained static at around 2000, with a small increase of new entrants under the SMarT scheme.

Security Courses

Videotel Enhances MCA-Approved Security Training Courses

Videotel has expanded and enhanced its Ship Security Officer and Designated Security Duties Training Course in line with the latest STCW regulations. The Ship Security Officer Training Course is for personnel who are nominated as ship’s Security Officers and the Designated Security Duties Training Course is for personnel on board with Designated Security Duties. Both training courses contain brand new resources and training material, and have been approved by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA).

Photo: Maersk Training

Maersk Training Program Addresses the Human Error Factor

A new training program has been launched by Maersk Training that aims to minimize incidents through human error in marine environments. The course is designed to help offshore workers understand the impact of the human error in marine incidents, and enhance their leadership and management skills to prevent them. This course meets the latest mandatory requirements for approved training in the Human Element, Leadership and Management at Management level as directed by the STCW2010 convention and based on the Merchant Navy Training Board’s criteria.

Joe Sloly, ECDIS Ltd.

Enav Center MCA Approved HELM Courses

The Enav Center recently delivered their first MCA approved Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM) Course and are pleased to announce the addition of the HELM Course to their extensive list of training courses they have to offer. The course took over on year to develop and was only launched after significant market research and development by industry experts. The Human Element and Leadership (HELM) Course has been developed by Total HLM Solutions Ltd. in accordance with the Merchant Navy Training Board’s (MNTB) guidelines.