Seagull Debuts Bulker Competence Evaluator

Posted by Eric Haun
Friday, May 02, 2014
Roger Ringstad (courtesy Seagull)

Seagull has released the Bulker Industry Training Standard (BITS), a predefined competence management system for the dry bulk industry.

BITS is a computer-based evaluation tool to enhance the competency of officers onboard a ship type whose maintenance, operating and cargo handling practices can be unique. As well as providing a benchmark for industry competence, BITS can be adapted to reflect advanced training standards developed by individual operators.

Seagull has worked with leading shipping organizations on harmonized competence standards, developing electronic versions of the Intertanko TOTS (Tanker Officer Training Standards) scheme and SIGTTO (Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators) competence guidelines. It has also devised electronic versions of the cadets/ratings Training Record Books published by the International Shipping Federation.

BITS is Seagull’s first Competence Management System tool for a non-tanker application. It includes coverage of cargo specific competencies for coal, grain and iron ore, with additional cargo types to be incorporated in the next version.

“We believe building a competent crew through continuous training, gap identification and assessment is the key to improving ship performance,” said Roger Ringstad, Managing Director, Seagull AS. “While there are plenty of high quality operators in the bulk industry, there is no universal standard for competence.”

In line with STCW, BITS covers competence in: Navigation; Cargo Handling; Controlling Operation; Marine engineering; Electrical; Maintenance & Repair; and Radio Communications. It links into Seagull’s training modules and Competence Evaluation Standard (CES) via the Seagull Training Administrator to offer a complete training and assessment solution for officers.

“Carrying bulk cargoes require specific attention to particular risks related to ship stability, cargo hazards and damage to the ship structure,” Ringstad said. “While these topics are addressed by STCW, BITS brings more rigor and precision to expectations for competence.

“BITS will help operators ensure that their dry bulk vessels comply with mandatory requirements by taking a ship-specific approach to improving the officer’s overall knowledge and competence.”

BITS specifies competency profiles for junior and senior positions onboard ship, providing individual officers with a simple and effective competency development and career planning tool to identify promotional requirements and motivate progression. Managers ashore gain a full overview of the seafarer’s development and competence. The Competence Manager section can be edited to reflect company-specific competence requirements. 

To support the new Bulker Industry Training Standard, Seagull will release six new training modules on bulk-specific topics before the end of 2014.

seagull.no
 

Maritime Reporter June 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

New Products

XtendFRESH Now Available from Carrier Transicold

The XtendFRESH atmosphere control system, which preserves quality and extends shipping distances for perishables shipped in refrigerated containers, is now available from Carrier Transicold.

Voith to Exhibit High Efficiency and DP Systems at SMM

At this year’s SMM in Hamburg, Voith will showcase propulsion systems and vessel concepts focusing on high efficiency and dynamic positioning even under challenging conditions.

Combat Cold Corrosion via Condition Monitoring

Parker Kittiwake explains why frequent condition monitoring is the most effective measure in combating the recent cold corrosion phenomenon The recent trend in

Bulk Carrier Trends

LUSCHI Begins Dredging at ArcelorMittal’s Canal

LUSCHI announced today it will mobilize its vessel Giovanella to Espírito Santo to assist in the dredging and final disposal of accumulated sediments in the seawater storage canal of ArcelorMittal,

Grounded Freighter Refloated in Lake St. Clair

The Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated

News Flash! Greek Shipowners Prefer Bulkers

The buying interest from Greek ship owners is focused on bulkers to an increasing extent, BIMCO said. Data from VesselsValue.com reveal that Greek owners were at

Electronics

Globecomm to Provide VSAT for PBJV Barge

Purpose-built accommodation and pipe-lay barge on charter to Petronas equipped with VSAT and L-Band services. Globecomm Maritime has been awarded a contract

VSTEP Wins Mexican Navy Simulator Contract

The Mexican Navy selected VSTEP to supply a Class A NAUTIS Full Mission Bridge (FMB) Simulator and 24 NAUTIS desktop trainer stations for the Naval Academy in Veracruz.

Raytheon Anschütz Debuts ShipGuard at SMM

In view of an increasing demand for security of merchant ships and maritime trade, Raytheon Anschütz, a German-based manufacturer of Integrated Bridge Systems,

Logistics

DMR Publish Latest Container Census Report

Drewry Maritime Research (DMR) says it has just published it's latest Container Census report, providing a wealth of information on the container equipment market.

Iraq's Kurds Have Right to Sell Oil While Squeezed by Baghdad

Iraq's Kurdish region has the right to keep selling oil as long as the Baghdad government keeps cutting its budget, the head of the Kurdish parliament's energy committee said on Tuesday,

Diana Containerships Q2 & 1H 2014 Financial Results

Greece-based Diana Containerships Inc., a global shipping company specializing in the ownership of containerships, has reported net income of $0.6 million for the second quarter of 2014,

 
 
Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0960 sec (10 req/sec)