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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


Chilean Navy’s New Nav Simulator

The Chilean Navy’s Naval School, Arturo Prat, has inaugurated their newly installed Transas NTPRO 4000 Navigation Simulator. The opening ceremony was presided by the Navy’s Teaching Director, Commodore Rafael González Rosenqvist, joined by the Naval School Director, Cap. Osvaldo Schwarzenberg Ashton, staff officials, professors, cadets, Transas Contract Manager, Mr. Francisco Palumbo and Sales Manager of the Transas Chilean representative, Naval Radio, Mr. Andrey Goriachev


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


IMCO Purchases NAUTIS ECDIS

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A classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Trainers and a NAUTIS Instructor Station was purchased by the International Maritime College Oman (IMCO). The simulators allow the IMCO to add certified ECDIS Model course 1.27 training to its curriculum. The classroom was delivered and installed by VSTEP engineers at


GTT Training Center Announces First Course

GTT Training Center announces that registration is now open for the first training course to be run at the new center which will take place on June 23, 2014.  The course will be a LNG Cargo Operations Course for ships officers and will take place at its facilities in


Fatigue & Fracture Analysis of Ship Structures

Learn how design, maintenance and operational issues affect fatigue and fracture of steel and aluminum ship structures. The course includes practical design and analysis theory applications using direct calculations and sample FlawCheck software.   


UPDATE -Survivors still alive on South Korean ferry

Several people appear to have survived in an air pocket of a capsized South Korean ferry, the father of one of the school children aboard the boat told a Reuters reporter accompanying families out to the scene of the disaster on Thursday. About 290 people are still missing out of 450 passengers


New Helicopter and Helideck Courses from Maersk

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Maersk Training announced the launch of two new offshore emergency courses: the OPITO Helideck Emergency Response Team Member Training and the OPITO 6 Day Combined Helideck and Team Member Training. These two OPITO Accredited courses will kick start this month at the company’s training


Chartpilot Training Series Available Online

Full Range of SAM ECDIS’ now feature online training. Hamburg-based ECDIS training specialist Safebridge extends its portfolio by a new type-specific familiarization course for the Chartpilot 1100/93x0 series made by SAM Electronics


Navigation Training Delivered aboard EUNAVFOR Flagship

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On March 4, 20 trainees from the Basic Training course for the Seychelles Coast Guard took part in a training exercise covering the use of electronic navigation equipment. The training was delivered by Seychelles Coast Guard trainers and EUNAVFOR with support from EUCAP Nestor on board the French


Swedish Transport Approves Transas ECDIS Training

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Transas Marine International has received Transportstyrelsen (Swedish Transport Agency) approval for its STCW conform generic ECDIS training. After successful formal and on-site Transportstyrelsen audits, Transas ECDIS training course was certified successfully and will be re-audited according


Videotel Expands LNG Training

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With its latest offering, Videotel said now provides a more extensive portfolio of training for the LNG sector. Working with experts across the globe – BP Shipping, Shell, Maersk and SIGTTO, among others – the company said it has created a package of training covering the essentials


UBC Undergrads' CAD Initiative Rewarded by SSI

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Wishing to enhance their elegibility for jobs in Western Canada's expanding shipbuilding industry, a group of University of British Columbia (UBC) Mechanical Engineering students approached SSI about further training in the company's ShipConstructor CAD/CAM application


Imtech Opens Middle East Training Center

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Imtech Marine has expanded its training facilities in the Middle East with a new training center in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. The training center, hosted by Imtech Marine’s company Radio Holland Middle East, has started with a type specific ECDIS Training Course for Navigators and


Making Sense of it in China: Navis DP Simulator Plus Chinese Script

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Navis informs it has commissioned the first dynamic positioning (DP) simulator with Chinese language interface at Dalian Maritime University, one the world’s largest training facilities, where more than 60,000 people have been trained to form the backbone of China’s shipping industry


MOL Group Introduces New Management Plan

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Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced a new three-year midterm management plan that will take effect in April 2014, called "Steer for 2020". MOL Group has been carrying out all plans in single-year plan "Rise 2013" with goals of restoring profitability and laying a


Incoming President Celebrates IMarEST’s 125th Anniversary

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Protecting the world and its oceans remains the focus of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) as it celebrates its 125th anniversary, says its new president, Richard Vie, VP Technical Development and Quality Assurance, Corporate Shipbuilding, Carnival Corporation


Transport Engineering Course at OMAE 2014

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HMC will host ASME Courses on Transport Engineering and Front End Engineering Design from June 7-8, 2014 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The OMAE is the flagship conference of the Ocean Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division of ASME


 
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