KVH Videotel launches extensive training suite to address gaps in seafarer engineering knowledge

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KVH Videotel, part of KVH Industries, announced today that it has launched an eLearning suite for marine engineers, covering 12 critical subject areas and containing 100 modules.

Practical Engineering Suite delivers training to a level of competence required by the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping (STCW), with a practical, stimulating mixture of training styles, and accessible on a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, an industry first. KVH Videotel will be presenting the Practical Engineering Suite at Nor-Shipping in Lillestrom, Norway, this week.

The need for this series emerged from analysing seafarer training data in KVH Videotel’s extensive database of more than 14 million training interactions with more than 350,000 seafarers worldwide.

“Analysis of the training data we record clearly shows a weakness in performance in engineering-related test assessment,” said Mark Woodhead (pictured), KVH Senior Vice President, EMEA.

“Discussion with our customers further suggests that the gaps in marine engineers’ knowledge is often tied to the core underlying principles, so the Practical Engineering Suite strips everything back to basics, and covers the underpinning knowledge that all engineers should possess. It also provides accompanying assessments to check the learners’ knowledge and provide evidence for record-keeping purposes. Practical Engineering Suite helps shipping companies address weaknesses in engineering skills at sea with confidence that the modules have been devised by a team of IMarEST Chartered Engineers.”

Practical Engineering Suite is designed to support the fundamental reference and learning needs of engineers. Some of the topics addressed include ship construction, fuel oils, bunkering and transfer and boilers.

“Practical Engineering Suite was inspired by KVH Videotel’s longstanding engineering program, COBALT, and uses the latest learning technology,” said Mr Woodhead.

“It is interactive, has 3D elements, and deploys animated graphics. It has a fresh new look and feel, and, most importantly, is compatible with all mobile devices so that seafarers can access it wherever they are.”