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Carnival and Marine Learning Systems develop mariner skills assessment app

Carnival Corporation & plc has partnered with Marine Learning Systems, a provider of maritime training and assessment software solutions, to develop an innovative application for mariner skills assessment.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The application, named SkillGrader, was designed to help standardise Carnival Corporation’s training and assessment across the company’s fleet of 105 ships and 9 brands. Carnival reports that it wanted to align and standardise its approach to training and eliminate the use of hundreds of different programs. According to John Allen, Carnival Corporation’s director of Maritime Professional Development, the company wanted to ensure all ships would be as safe as each other.

A performance-related training approach was developed by Carnival Corporation, enabling crew to be placed within a targeted training program based on their assessment results. Previously, no prior knowledge was assumed and each crew member was enrolled into every course. The new technical system supports consistent assessment of any officer, while on-board any ship.

SkillGrader utilises a tablet-based application that allows any trainer or supervisor to objectively and reliably assess employees. The application uses a binary grading scheme to reduce human bias that can lead to variation. After the assessment, SkillGrader automatically analyses the data collected and delivers a comprehensive report on individual and team performance. They system also collates all submitted data to give reports that allow for analysis and comparison of skills across multiple departments, vessels and the entire organisation.

Murray Goldberg, CEO, Marine Learning Systems, said: “Although technology has played a big role in improving and advancing the art of maritime training, skills assessment has remained largely the same. There is typically an expert assessor observing the skill, making notes and providing feedback. This leaves much to the discretion of the assessor. And while you can get great outcomes from this way of assessing, you can also get very poor outcomes. You need consistency, objectivity and standardization in the process. SkillGrader helps provide the reliability that has been missing from skills assessment and gives operators new insight into crew competency.”{/mprestriction}

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