Need for good training on STCW

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With the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) aiming to significantly reduce the number of accidents onboard attributable to human error, proper training and evaluation can make a real difference to ship owners and managers according to training provider Videotel Marine International.

“We have all seen the level of technology onboard ship take off over the past few years,” said Videotel Chief Executive Officer Nigel Cleave, “yet as the statistics show, the human factor has not changed appreciably, and indeed we have actually seen that the failure of individuals to come to grips with new technology can contribute to the accident rate.

“Maritime safety must focus on the role of the individual in taking responsibility for vessel safety and good training can help build the skills that prevent the occurrence of unwelcome incidents.”

Videotel has added three new courses to its STCW portfolio: Marine Environmental Awareness focuses on the ‘human element’ in preventing marine pollution, and educates, stimulates and empowers officers on board vessels and on-shore personnel to contribute to environmentally sound shipping; Maritime Security Awareness highlights the key issue that security is not a matter of luck, demonstrating that risks to life, ships, colleagues and passengers can be significantly reduced through knowledge, awareness and understanding, and most importantly knowing how to deal with all the latest security threats.

Finally, Entry into Enclosed Spaces addresses the vital issue of health and safety in enclosed spaces, as many deaths are still attributable to this easily preventable hazard. Based on Videotel’s award-winning series of programmes, it provides all the latest rules and regulations that need to be adhered to in order to protect and save lives.

Marine Environmental Awareness and Marine Security Awareness are delivered using interactive Computer Based Training (CBT) while Entry into Enclosed Spaces is available in VHS/DVD with support booklet, interactive CD-ROM and through Videotel On Demand (VOD).

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