Videotel returns to its roots to present new training systems to the IMO

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IMO Handover2Visitors to the International Maritime Organization  on Tuesday were surprised to find an impromptu training session taking place in the Maritime Knowledge Centre when Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the organisation, was given a demonstration of Videotel’s second generation onboard training system, Videotel on Demand (VOD) G2.

Two new VOD units were presented to the IMO on behalf of Videotel Marine International by Deputy Chairman Stephen Bond and Nigel Cleave, Chief Executive Officer. 

As Mr Bond conducted the virtual tour of the system, he said: “This is a very poignant moment for Videotel. Our roots are firmly based at the IMO – we were founded as a direct result of the IMO’s call for better training materials, and now here I am, 40 years later, able to hand over the latest in cutting edge training technology, featuring not only videos but also fully interactive computer based training materials. We have come a very long way.”

Videotel’s long association with the IMO began when it started making training products for the marine industry in 1973. Major shipping companies needed to improve their onboard training and IMCO, the forerunner of the IMO, directed Videotel to produce high quality training materials for maritime colleges, especially in the developing countries.

The VOD G2 units handed over to the IMO are pre-loaded with the full portfolio of Videotel’s award-winning training packages, and include marine safety and operational training videos, animation, computer-based training materials (CBT) and instructional courses. Comprehensive and interactive, the training material will be used by visitors to the Maritime Knowledge Centre for a wide range of purposes from research through to education.