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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.


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.”  


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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: Cutting Costs While Remaining Cutting Edge

Learning and development should not be seen as an extra cost but as a vital element of project and business delivery. It should be acknowledged that cutting training budgets will have a significant impact on the business. Professional development increases productivity, improves employee interaction and reduces staff churn, all of which contribute to a positive impact on the bottom line.” Jenny Matthew, Head of Courses at Jee Ltd.

Businesses are operating in tough economic times, with budgets being significantly cut during the current industry downturn. Unfortunately, when lowering costs is a key priority, learning and development budgets have historically been one of the first areas to take the hit


Expanded World Maritime University Campus Inaugurated

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Expanded premises for the World Maritime University (WMU) were inaugurated on Monday, May 19, 2015 in Malmö, Sweden, by IMO Secretary-General and WMU Chancellor Koji Sekimizu.   WMU is an international educational institute for the maritime community, operating under the auspices of IMO


WPT Power Appoints Engineering Manager

Robert De Hoyos has joined WPT Power Corporation as the company’s new engineering manager, bringing to the post 21 years of manufacturing experience as a mechanical engineer.   De Hoyos’ expertise is in new product design, drawing and routing as well as traditional engineering


USCG Stresses Importance of Free Vessel Safety Checks

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  As National Safe Boating Week continues, the Coast Guard 9th District is reminding boaters Sunday to get a free vessel safety check from the Coast Guard Auxiliary before going out onto the lakes this boating season. The Coast Guard Auxiliary is an all-volunteer force that keeps the


RINA Launches Engineers Development Programme

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  The Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA) is delighted to announce the first of a portfolio of soft skills courses tailored to the needs of engineers called Effective Presentations and Networking which will take place on July 29th 2015 at RINA headquarters in London.


NYK Lynx Rescues Sailor in the Pacific Ocean

A person was rescued from the sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands.

  NYK Lynx, a containership operated by NYK Line, rescued one person from a sailing yacht in distress 260 nautical miles off the Galapagos Islands. The yacht had been adrift for two weeks after encountering trouble with the main engine.  


Safebridge Adds Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Training

Online simulation training specialist Safebridge will launch a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).   Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a supplier of ships’ bridge systems


LNG Tanker Diverted from Britain to N. America

A liquefied natural gas (LNG) delivery bound for Britain may have been diverted on Wednesday towards North America, according to live ship-tracking data on Reuters Eikon.   The GDF Suez Point Fortin tanker was initially due to unload its Algerian cargo in Britain's Isle of Grain terminal on


Martek Launches On-board ECDIS Training

U.K.-based ECDIS manufacturer Martek Marine Ltd. has partnered with German ECDIS training supplier Safebridge GmbH and the ECDIS Training Consortium to deliver ‘Type Specific’ ECDIS training for crew members on-board vessels without internet access


Online BWM Tools Launched

The revamped GloBallast website offers free access to online e-learning tools for anyone involved with the operational aspects of ballast water management. (Image: IMO)

Spreading the word on ballast water management – new free online tools launched   A new online learning portal including a free e-learning course on the Operational Aspects of Ballast Water Management (BWM) was launched today by the GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast Partnerships Program and the


DMA Announce New Requirements for Refresher Courses

During the summer of 2015, more requirements for refresher courses will take effect. Fire-fighting on board ships (STCW A-VI1-2). Fire-fighting for ship officers (STCW A-VI1-2 and table A-VI3). & Operation of survival craft

  On 1 January 2017, new regulations enter into force on refresher courses in the areas of maritime safety and fire-fighting. Therefore, the Danish Maritime Authority has issued a new order. The Danish Maritime Authority has issued an order describing a number of new requirements for


Simulation & Ice Navigation Training

In a anticipation of the growing need for deck officers and masters experienced in operating in ice covered waters and as evidenced by the relatively rapid increase in vessel traffic in areas of the Arctic Ocean due to the receding ice coverage


150 Attend Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

  Today, ExxonMobil announced 155 third- through fifth-grade teachers from across the United States have been selected to attend the national 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy. The program is a week-long, all-expense-paid, professional development program for third- through


Werner Named Academic Dean of Webb Institute

Matthew R. Werner (Photo courtesy of Webb Institute)

Webb Institute announced that Matthew R. Werner has been named Webb Institute’s next Academic Dean.   Professor Werner, the American Bureau of Shipping Chair of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, will begin his term on July 1, 2015


Ampelmann Names New CEO

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Developer of motion compensation solutions Ampelmann announced that its supervisory board has appointed Jim Craig as the company’s new chief executive officer, effective immediately.   Craig brings more than 25 years of energy industry experience to the role






 
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