Developed in conjunction with Steamship Mutual, the COLREGS & IALA Buoyage Training Course is designed to ensure that all deck officers and crew performing lookout duties are fully conversant with the regulations designed to prevent accidents.
The first part covers the Convention on the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea (COLREGS). It clarifies the meaning of every rule, putting it into simple language and illustrating it with diagrams, sound and light signals, where appropriate.
The second part of the course deals with the IALA (International Association of Marine Aids and Lighthouse Authorities) buoyage system.
Each type of buoy, their top marks and lights are described and their meanings illustrated. The training covers the lateral buoyage systems in regions A and B, the cardinal marks, isolated danger marks, safe water marks, special marks and the emergency wreck marking buoy.
The course is delivered using interactive eLearning Computer Based Training (CBT). Voiced narration, graphics and 3D animation as well as video are used to illustrate concepts and aid understanding. Both parts of the course end with a test comprising of extensive randomised questions and a high pass mark is required.
“In recent years, increased ship size and high traffic density have heightened the risk of collision,” explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.
“It is an absolute requirement that the watchkeeping officer - and indeed every member of crew performing lookout duties - thoroughly understand and follow these important rules to ensure safe navigation of the ship.”