The Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) has recently approved the new ship security training package by Seagull, which the company says can be used to assist in compliance with the Manila amendments to the STCW Convention and Code.
The revised STCW, which came into force in January this year, introduces more stringent requirements for onboard security training, with particular provisions designed to ensure seafarers are properly trained in case their ship comes under attack by pirates.
Seagull's new security training courses will be available in September of this year, and the courses have also been certified by classification society DNV through the SeaSkill programme.
Seagull has developed two new CBT training levels - Level 1, covering security-related familiarisation and awareness for all seafarers, and Level 2, for seafarers with designated security duties.
Level 1 includes two e-learning modules; one on security awareness and one on piracy and armed robbery. These are supplemented by a workbook with exercises and a security familiarisation checklist.
Level 2 comprises an onboard course for personnel with security duties, which includes the same two e-learning modules on security awareness, and on piracy and armed robbery. This is supported by a workbook with practical exercises.
It has also updated its existing Ship Security Officer (SSO) course, which is the designated Level 3 of the Seagull Security On Board training system, in line with the Manila amendments.
Level 3 training will comprise the same two modules as Level 1 and 2, CBT 115 Security Awareness and CBT 156 Piracy and Armed Robbery, with the addition of a specific SSO e-learning module and workbook. This will be delivered through the CBT 121 Ship Security Officer course.
“With the new Security On Board training system we offer three courses and, with continued NMA backing, shipowners can be assured that certification through these courses will demonstrate the proficiency, as well as the competency, of their seafarers in security matters,” said Anders Brunvoll, Seagull senior course instructor.
“A key concept of the Seagull Security On Board training is that seafarers will be able to start at any of the three levels, depending on their position and duties onboard. If required they can then easily move up to a higher level, without repeating any of the e-learning modules they have already taken.”
“The training is also designed so that seafarers are more or less obliged to familiarise themselves with the particular security requirements of the vessel they are on and the company employing them.”
Videotel meanwhile has introduced a new Survey and Examination of Lifting Appliances training course for surveyors, with the aim of reducing the number of injuries and deaths caused each year by lifting operations.
The course was created in association with Lloyds Register, with the objective of ensuring that examinations of lifting appliances are carried out thoroughly and consistently, and that personnel who perform the task are acknowledged as “competent persons” as defined by the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
Videotel says that successful completion of this course is a significant step towards gaining the relevant knowledge needed to fit that definition.
The programme is delivered via CBT with multiple choice questions at the end of each module and a final assessment.
“When a lifting appliance fails, the consequences can be far-reaching,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International.
“Serious injuries and deaths can occur, not just to onboard personnel but to the general public. As a result, legal claims can also arise with the inevitable impact of associated legal costs – and those costs are rising.”
“Likewise, when equipment fails, the costs of disrupted operations and off-hire can also be considerable.”