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Resource management training systems from Videotel

Videotel reports that it has launched a new training series, Leadership and Team Working Skills, which aims to assist in building competence in resource management.

Produced in conjunction with The Steamship Mutual Underwriting Association (Bermuda), Leadership and Team Working Skills is available on DVD and interactive CD-ROM, and is aimed at all sea-going personnel, particularly watchkeeping officers in both the deck and engineering departments.

Topics include The Voyage Plan; both Bridge and Engine Room Watchkeeping; Working with Pilots; and Resource Management and Accident Prevention.

There is also a module featuring case studies of five incidents where the bridge team failed to keep the ship out of danger as a result of poor resource management. Incidents are re-created using actors and showing the data available to the bridge team.

The audience are invited to view each incident and then to stop and analyse what went wrong and discuss how things could have been done better.

"With continuing improvements in technology, human factors feature more and more frequently in the causal chain," said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International.

"Forty years ago, the average cargo ship was manned by 40-50 crew – nowadays, even on VLCCs, we are seeing crews numbering in the low twenties. Individuals are required to operate ever more efficiently, adding further pressure on board."

"This series addresses many of the key issues defined by the STCW and SOLAS conventions, which provide a framework for safe and effective working practices."

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