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Feature: Training for Life at Sea

By Larry Pearson Training is literally the lifeblood of a boat owner's company. That is especially true of that company is Edison Chouest Offshore (ECO) owner and operator of over 100 vessels in the Gulf of Mexico. All of the vessels are crewed by Chouest employees, so employee training has become more important, not just to meet applicable Coast Guard licensing regulations, but to operate extremely complex vessels in a safe and efficient manner The Galliano, La based company first established a training center in early 1999 using space in the company's main office building. By the end of 1999 the training center was in its own two-story building adjacent to the main office building. "Our training center operates year around offering a wide variety of courses, typically lasting five days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm," said Warren Sanamo, Jr. director of the training center. The courses are free for all Chouest employees and include a daily complimentary lunch for all participants. "The STWC95 convention regulations determine the mandatory minimum standards of competence for seafarers performing duties on vessels of 200 gross tons or more operating in domestic waters and all vessels operating in international waters," said Chad Hebert, manager of safety and training for ECO. "One of our tasks is to be sure all of our mariners have the skills to get the STWC95 Certificate of Endorsement issued by the Coast Guard.


Container Shipping Industry Course at U.S. Georgia Tech

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Georgia Tech Professional Education offers Transportation & Distribution Course in Savannah to address changes in the container shipping industry. Georgia Tech Professional Education will offer a Transportation and Distribution Planning and Management (LOG 3120 ) course October 2-4, 2012 at Georgia Tech-Savannah that will focus on the many issues and developments affecting the trade and container shipping industry.


Compton Made Assistant Dean

Dennis Compton, a licensed chief mate and an expert on STCW mandates, has been named assistant dean for Registration and Institutional Research at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. The Academy located in Kings Point, Long Island and New York, trains young men and women as licensed merchant marine officers. Graduates receive Bachelor of Science degrees and U.S. Naval Reserve commissions. In his new post, Compton will oversee all registrar activities at the federal academy


Opening of ECDIS eNavigation Centre

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ECDIS Ltd has opened their new eNavigation Centre at Solent Business Park, where they will deliver their flagship MCA accredited IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS course. Mark Broster, Managing Director of ECDIS Ltd said, “The eNavigation Centre will enable ECDIS to offer a larger range of courses and provide training to suit all varieties of mariner, from STCW for watchkeepers to short courses for Pilots, as well as ECS training for yachtsmen, fishermen and the leisure industry.”  


UTV Training Prepares Towing Industry

Quality Management International, Inc. has developed a two-day training program for professionals in the towing vessel industry.  This course for Uninspected Towing Vessels (UTV) focuses on all the current regulations including clauses of the ISM Code relevant for tugs, towboats and barges.  By attending this class, towing professionals can get ahead of the curve and be well-prepared for the impending inspections.


PEC Premier Adds to SafeGulf Training

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SEMS awareness training is now available as a part of the SafeGulf offshore safety orientation program.   On January 1st, PEC Premier added a Safety and Environmental Management System module to its one-day Basic Safety Orientation and its three-day Core safety training course, meaning that both will now meet the new requirements for SafeGulf. The company is also offering stand-alone SEMS training for offshore workers who already have their SafeGulf cards.


Shipyard Management Class Bolsters Asia-Pacific Cooperation

By Marshall Fukuki, Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard Public Affairs Eleven naval officers from Bahrain, Dominican Republic, Indonesia, Ireland, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Taiwan and Thailand are attending the six-week course for international shipyard management at Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard (PHNSY). The course, which began July 31, is designed to familiarize them with various management concepts about the efficient


Side Scan Training for Law Enforcement, Government Agencies

... the Lifeguard team travelled half way around the world to provide training in Indonesia.

Many public safety dive teams, police and sheriffs departments, and government agencies are acquiring side scan sonar systems to assist in their underwater search and survey operations.   Side scan is the ideal tool for these operations because it produces detailed images of the underwater environment regardless of water clarity. In addition, the sonar is able to search large areas quickly, scanning several hundred feet of ocean, lake, or river bottom with each pass of the boat


Training: Key to Recruiting & Retaining Personnel

Kirby Corporation CEO Joseph H. Pyne

Kirby’s Investment Grows – and Pays off Handsomely. Houston-based Kirby Corporation runs an in-house training center that today instructs 3,000 students yearly in 26 different courses – many of which are U.S. Coast Guard approved. Located in Channelview, the 23-year old, state-of-the-art center is conveniently located in the northeastern curve of the Houston Ship Channel. Last month, MarineNews spoke with Jim Guidry


Artemus to Hold Weeklong Trade and Transport Course

Artemus Transportation Solutions, a company in the web-based trade compliance software industry, will hold its biannual Global Commerce- International Transportation & Trade Shipping 101 Course from June 23- June 27 at the New Jersey Marine Terminal Administration Building, located at 260 Kellogg St. Port Newark, N.J. Focusing on the fundamentals of international trade and transportation, the intensive 4.5-day- course enhances knowledge and competitiveness in the global marketplace as a


Maritime Training: Keeping it Close to Home

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On the U.S. Gulf Coast, two well-regarded maritime education providers are expanding to meet growing local demand, while satisfying local employers with quality graduates. The sense of ‘community’ that they project is both real, and intentional.


STCW 2010 - Employers Need to be Ready, Says ICS

ICS Secretary General, Peter Hinchliffe Photo ISC

The transitional period for the 2010 amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) comes to an end on 1 January 2017.  To prevent last minute certification ‘logjams’


Norsafe Offers Complete Safety Package for Seafarers

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Norsafe has become the first lifeboat manufacturer to provide STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant training courses for seafarers. This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance


Videotel, Safebridge JV for Onboard ECDIS Certification

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Videotel, a provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, has joined forces with online maritime training business Safebridge GmbH, which specializes in ECDIS training, to provide shipping companies with the unique ability to certify their seafarers on ECDIS


Collision Course with a Hurricane: How Doomed US Ship Met its End

El Faro (File photo: TOTE)

The ill-fated U.S.-flagged El Faro cargo ship sunk by Hurricane Joaquin was sailing at near full speed into the center of the storm before it lost propulsion amid mountainous waves and brutal winds, according to ship tracking data. The data on Thomson Reuters Eikon raises questions about the


Singapore-issued CoCs need Revalidation

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  Holders of Singapore-issued certificates of competency (CoCs) need to revalidate their CoCs to meet the requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW2010) and to be able to serve on


BSM Completes Global Management Program

Bibby Ship Management - IOM - Nicola Quayle

  Bibby Ship Management has successfully completed its second Global Management Programme which, it says, has helped to develop the management skills of all its management team across its global offices. According to Nicola Quayle, Head of Group HR, at Bibby Ship Management


Videotel Expands Maritime Training Programs

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Videotel, an  international provider of e-Learning maritime training solutions and a company of KVH Industries, Inc., has launched its latest Videotel on Demand (VOD) release, which includes a total of 59 e-Learning courses – 37 new, 22 updated


USN Cites Modern Threats to (again) Start Teaching Celestial Navigation

Quartermaster 2nd Class Stephanie Hudson from Plymouth, Mass., peers through a marine sextant, a navigational instrument used to determine celestial navigation aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Reagan is underway in the Pacific Ocean conducting Tailored Ships Training Availability (TSTA). U.S. Navy photo by Photographers Mate 3rd Class Kevin S. OBrien (U.S. Navy)

Picture this: A naval vessel is navigating the high seas thousands of nautical miles from land. Suddenly all navigation systems become inoperable. What happens next? What does this mean?   The Navy looks to its past to chart its future


Marine Firefighting at Sea: Training to Survive

Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), Emergency Services Training Institute

Fire onboard a boat or ship is generally considered the most dangerous situation on the water. While advances in technology have helped to mitigate risk, consistently investing to upgrade a crew’s firefighting training, skills and equipment is the best means to keep crew


Young Sea Cadets Return from Voyage of a Lifetime

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Six-day ‘Voyage of Discovery’ concludes in Mt. Sinai Harbor   Six teenage U.S. Naval Sea Cadets from Long Island who set sail from Mt. Sinai Harbor returned from their six-day Voyage of Discovery, bringing back a lifetime of practical sea experience and tactical training


CMA CGM Launches 'My First Containership' for Kids

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CMA CGM has teamed up with French wooden toy manufacturer VILAC to launch a wooden toy containership for children.    The toy will be branded with both CMA CGM and VILAC containers. It was designed by CMA CGM and will be sold by VILAC.  


LGH/ITI Team Up for Rigging Training

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Lifting Gear Hire (LGH) and Industrial Training International (ITI) have partnered to offer training for prospective rigging students. ITI will offer both network training courses – Rigging Gear Inspector Levels I & II and Lift Director & Critical Lift Planning – to students


Alfa Laval Introduces Open Training Courses

Open training courses will let more customers benefit from Alfa Laval’s in-depth expertise.   Alfa Laval has conducted marine training courses for many years, both on its own premises and in other locations around the world. In most cases, however


Webb Institute Adds Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering

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Webb Institute has appointed Benjamin H. Scott as the Assistant Professor of Marine Engineering. Scott is a design engineer with over 30 years of experience in thermal and hydraulic analysis, heat exchanger design, thermal performance testing and fluid system design.   






 
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