New Courses Fill Catering Knowledge Gap

Posted by Eric Haun
Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Photo: Seagull

A survey of officers and crew by a leading tanker owner suggests catering and galley staff throughout the industry may be in urgent need of training, according to Seagull.

The computer-based training provider draws attention to a thorough survey of all ranks undertaken by Finaval S.p.A, a tanker owner, in cooperation with CIRM (International Radio-Medical Centre Rome) and UNICAM (Centre for Clinical Research, Telemedicine and Telepharmacy, Camerino University) focusing on knowledge and understanding of food hygiene and food handling best practice. Surprisingly, catering is the staffing group identified as “the least informed about the subject matter for the majority of questions, or is certainly not the most informed,” the survey said.

“The Maritime Labor Convention 2006 has explicit rules covering food and catering to ensure that seafarers have access to good quality food and drinking water under regulated hygienic conditions,” said Anders Brunvoll, Seagull Senior Course Instructor. “However, this detailed survey suggests that there is considerable work to be done so that the relevant staff are suitably trained.”  

Shortcomings were found in even the most basic knowledge. Catering staff provided the highest proportion of “No” answers to the question “Do you think that diseases can be transmitted through food?” The survey also suggests only 52% of catering and galley staff are aware that food may be responsible for disease transmission, while more than 30% confirmed their lack of knowledge by skipping the question.

The deeper problem is demonstrated by findings that 88% of catering staff got the storage temperature of dairy products (below +4oC) wrong, 20% believed refrigeration helped germs to grow, 35% thought hazardous foods always had a bad taste or smell, and 48% thought refreezing thawed food was not a problem. Overall, catering staff proved to be among the least likely to identify the symptoms of foodborne illness.

“Tools ensuring that catering staff are properly trained for their positions are critical for shipowners, but also for the rest of a ship’s crew working alongside those handling, storing and serving their food,” Brunvoll said.

“Based on the survey, Finaval has identified specialized knowledge verified through documentation or ad hoc testing as a key training objective for catering staff. The shipowner believes this is also an appropriate opportunity for Seagull to highlight its distance learning CBT # 220-223 courses, which include introductory modules through to advanced rank-specific training. Seafarers face rigorous training and have a right to expect rigor on hygiene from their galley and catering ship-mates.”

In all cases, Seagull’s distance courses on food hygiene emphasize the importance of safe and effective food handling related to food poisoning and precautions necessary to avoid them.

“Those directly involved in preparing food benefit from additional training covering the importance of nutritional and dietary requirements, and the need to serve balanced meals,” Brunvoll said. “However, raising awareness and embedding knowledge can be just as important for the mess man and the galley boy.”

seagull.no
 

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

New Products

New Power Optimization Solution for LNG Carriers

NAPA and DSME launch tailored NAPA-DSME Power Solution for LNG carriers; leading LNG carrier shipyard offers specialized performance monitoring solution   South Korean shipbuilder,

Kalmar to Debut its latest at TOC Europe Exhibition

Kalmar, part of Cargotec, will introduce yet another port industry first during the upcoming TOC Europe exhibition in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. On 9 June, ONE is coming.

Furuno Debuts Updated Echo Sounder

Furuno has introduced a new IMO Echo Sounder, FE800, offering an 8.4-inch Color LCD display with built-in dual-frequency capability. It also features a new system

Education/Training

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.   Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE),

SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been

New EU Shipping CO2 Monitoring System

According to a new EU regulation, ship operators will be required to monitor, report and verify (MRV) CO2 emissions.     José Inácio Faria, Member, Group of

News

Unicom Selects the Ecochlor BWTS for 10 Tankers

Ecochlor, Inc. announced that Unicom Management Services (Cyprus) Ltd. (Unicom), acting for SCF Group, signed a 10-vessel agreement for the Ecochlor Ballast Water Treatment System (BWTS) in Limassol,

Wage Row Between Argentine Crushers, Companies Reaches Crunch Point

Pressure grew on Friday for a resolution to wage talks between exporters and striking crushers in Argentina's Rosario grains hub, with another powerful union threatening

Kongsberg Contracted to Support FLNG Conversion

Kongsberg Maritime secures position in the LNG market with electrical and automation contract for Golar Hilli FLNG   Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and Black & Veatch in the U.

Maritime Safety

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.   Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE),

Thailand: 300 "boat people" Landed in Recent Weeks

Around 300 "boat people" have landed on Thailand's shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand's Foreign Ministry, said on Friday.

U.S.: China Placed Artillery on Reclaimed Island

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen.

 
 
Maritime Standards Offshore Oil Pipelines Pod Propulsion Salvage Ship Electronics Ship Repair Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | 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: 0.1325 sec (8 req/sec)