Roger Ringstad News

13 May 2019

Oakley Buys Two Maritime e-Learning Biz

Peter Dubens. Photo: Oakley Capital

Oakley Capital Investments Ltd has acquired majority stakes in two maritime e-learning providers from Norwegian private equity firm Herkules Private Equity Fund IV and US satellite company KVH Industries.Oakley, the private equity investment company contributed GBP25 million, through its Oakley Capital IV fund to buy the stakes in SG MidCo AS, also known as Seagull, and Videotel Marine Asia Ltd and Super Dragon Ltd, collectively known as Videotel.Over the past 40 years, Videotel…

03 Oct 2018

Jotun, Seagull Pact for Onboard Paint Maintenance

Image by Seagull AS

The paint and coating suppliers Jotun has co-operated with Seagull Maritime AS, to develop an informative set of e-learning modules on the theme of onboard paint maintenance, with emphasis on in-service treatments.Corrosion is an enemy of any steel structure in a salt-water environment. One of the best ways to combat this is with the correct application of paint. While major treatments usually take place in the repair yard and form part of the dry-dock budget, in-service maintenance…

28 Aug 2017

Vroon, Seagull Maritime Ink Training Agreement

From left to right: Eric Rikken, Managing Director, Vroon; Lennart Ripke, Area Sales Manager, Seagull Germany; and Diederic van Keulen, Head of Crewing, Vroon (Photo: Vroon)

The international shipping company Vroon has recently signed a fleetwide agreement with training provider Seagull Maritime. “Vroon has always been committed to safe practices and ensuring a duty of care for the safety and health of all employees and customers,” said Head Crewing, Diederic van Keulen, Vroon “We believe our continued success depends on the abilities and dedication of our staff and how we nurture each individual. We have always shared information and promoted teamwork throughout our organization.

15 Mar 2017

Seagull, DNV GL Offer Cyber Security Training

Anita Oestmann, DNV GL and Roger Ringstad, Seagull Maritime. Photo T.Aas, Seagull Maritime 2017 (Photo: DNV-GL & Seagull Maritime)

Cyber security threats have increased over the past few years in the maritime industry. Together with DNV GL, Seagull now offers an immediate solution to help train staff to be cyber secure. With the increasing use of systems with embedded software on ships and mobile offshore platforms, cyber security is becoming critical not only for data protection, but also for reliable operations. According to Symantec Security Response, “You don’t need as many technical skills to find one person who might be willing…

11 Jan 2017

Seagull Training App v2.0 Enriched for Ease of Use

Roger Ringstad, Managing Director, Seagull Maritime AS (Photo: Seagull Maritime)

Seagull Maritime said it has upgraded its Seagull Training App, the mobile software solution that has changed the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts. Available in both Android and iOS formats, the newly enhanced app can be used across a range of mobile devices, with dynamic screen layouts for all sizes, including tablets. The home screen has also been refined to include a bottom bar menu featuring click-through to notifications, training statuses and scheduled activities.

28 Sep 2016

Seagull Maritime Launches Training Analytics Tool

Photo courtesy of Seagull

Seagull Maritime has launched a Training Analytics tool using automated prompts to help managers to benchmark training activity levels and prioritize follow up. Developed in collaboration with several Seagull Maritime customers, the Seagull Training Analytics tool provides a simplified process for monitoring crew training activities and targeting areas for improvement. Using the tool, owners can extract combinations of the training and competence data held about their crews in the Seagull Training Administrator (STA) and Competence Manager software…

15 Mar 2016

Seagull, Safebridge offer ECDIC Training Portfolio

Roger Ringstad, Managing Director, Seagull Maritime AS Photo Seagull

Safebridge, a worldwide leading provider of web-based E-Learning products for the maritime industry, providing online, onboard and classroom training for nautical officers and captains, has launched a joint initiative with Seagull Maritime AS. Drawing on the strengths of each organisation, the partners will make E-learning expertise from Safebridge and the wide-ranging onboard training platform from Seagull available through a combined offer, benefiting seafarers worldwide. Today, a wide variety of ECDIS solutions can be found onboard ships.

11 Feb 2016

Update on Seagull Mobile apps for Crew

Courtesy Seagull

The Seagull mobile app for crew training status is set to revolutionise the way seafarers track their training records and receive critical safety alerts, by making both instantly accessible via iPhones and Android devices. The Seagull crew app is available free of charge to all Seagull customers, offering access to selected records within the Seagull Training Administrator Online database covering individual seafarer status on all training requirements and competency. “Seagull is the first to respond to the changing training needs of the seafarers of today…

26 Nov 2015

Seagull's Software Tool for Benchmarking Seafarers Knowledge

Seagull Maritime's Managing Director, Roger Ringstad Courtesy Seagull Maritime

Seagull Maritime has launched an advanced software tool able to benchmark seafarer knowledge levels, allowing shipowners and operators to compare their crew and potential recruits with industry peers. The new tool will provide shipping companies with online access to data that can help them take objective decisions on recruitment sources and identify areas where further training is required. Benchmarking establishes the standards specific industries find acceptable, in terms of products, service levels or competitive practices, then finds ways to meet or improve upon these standards.

06 Nov 2014

Honing Skill Of Seafarers Using SATCOM

SATCOM

Maritime operational effectiveness is to be enhanced globally through the provision of training and certification for seafarers assigned to use advanced satellite communication systems on-board commercial vessels. The initiative, which has been tailored for maritime professionals serving on thousands of commercial vessels at sea, is being led by Seagull Maritime, a Norwegian provider of seafarer training, and GVF, the London-based international association of the satellite communications industry.

03 Oct 2014

Seagull Maritime AS debuts STA 4.0

Seagull STA 4

Seagull Maritime AS has launched Seagull Training Administrator 4.0, an updated version of the shipping industry’s most widely used training administrator, in a move the company says makes computer-based packages even easier to use. Norway-based Seagull Maritime has built on customer feedback gathered over a number of years to extend and improve STA 4.0’s user workflow and functionality, and to add new functions, with the entire overhaul neatly presented via a new user interface. As with previous versions, STA 4.0 is available to seafarers onboard ship and over the Worldwide Web.

02 May 2014

Seagull Debuts Bulker Competence Evaluator

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…

10 Dec 2013

Seagull Launches Tokyo Keiki ECDIS Module

Maritime training provider Seagull announced the release of its latest equipment specific ECDIS training module for Tokyo Keiki ECDIS. Developed in close cooperation with Tokyo Keiki, one of the major ECDIS manufacturers, this latest addition to Seagull’s range of type specific ECDIS training modules is designed to provide navigators with equipment specific familiarization training for the Tokyo Keiki ECDIS EC 7000A and 8000 series ECDIS. The ECDIS module is aimed at training…

02 Dec 2013

Seagull Launches JRC ECDIS Training Module

Maritime training provider Seagull announced the release of an equipment specific training module for Japan Radio Co Ltd (JRC)’s ECDIS systems. Developed in close cooperation with JRC, one of the world’s leading ECDIS manufacturers, this latest addition to Seagull’s extensive library of eLearning modules is designed to provide navigators with equipment specific familiarisation training for the JRC ECDIS (JAN- 701B, JAN-901B, JAN-2000, JAN-901M and JAN-701). Targeting deck officers, the new course will allow shipowners and operators with JRC ECDIS on board their ships to meet the recently introduced regulatory requirement for equipment specific training in addition to generic ECDIS training.

18 Nov 2013

Seagull AS, Marine Learning Systems Partner

Murray Goldberg

Seagull AS and Marine Learning Systems are partnering to provide the full library of Seagull learning content on the MarineLMS training platform. The partnership will provide an integrated solution to the cruise and ferry industries enabling rapid deployment of eLearning programs with course content on land and on-board, with or without connectivity. The system will also provide metrics and analytics which identify training issues before they become performance or safety problems.

09 Sep 2013

Seagull Release New Distant Learning Titles

Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull, has unveiled new additions to its portfolio and revisions to a number of existing modules. Marine environmental awareness, Environmetal Challenges and four Learning MS modules. Major revisions have been made to Steering gear (operation), Steering gear (construction and maintenance) and minor amendments to Introduction to computers, MLC 2006 –basic introduction, Galley operations – workplace and equipment safety, Galley operations – hygiene and Drug and alcohol policy and testing. “Owners and seafarers alike are facing an increasing array of demanding legislative requirements and Seagull’s extensive learning modules are designed to ensure they are able comply with these,” says Roger Ringstad, Seagull Managing Director.

09 Sep 2013

Seagull Adds New Titles to Its Learning Portfolio

Computer-based training (CBT) specialist, Seagull, has unveiled new additions to its portfolio and revisions to a number of existing modules. The new releases are Principle of Assessment, Onboard Assessment, Oil record book – part 11, Galley operations 3 – food handling, Electric propulsion – fundamentals , Marine environmental awareness, Environmetal Challenges and four Learning MS modules. Major revisions have been made to Steering gear (operation), Steering gear (construction and maintenance) and minor amendments to Introduction to computers, MLC 2006 –basic introduction, Galley operations – workplace and equipment safety, Galley operations – hygiene and Drug and alcohol policy and testing.

29 May 2013

Seagull Launches JRC ECDIS Training Module

Roger Ringstad

Norway-based Seagull AS introduced an equipment specific training module for Japan Radio Co Ltd (JRC)’s ECDIS systems. Developed in close cooperation with JRC, one of the world’s leading ECDIS manufacturers, this latest addition to Seagull’s extensive library of computer-based training (CBT) modules is designed to train navigators in the use of the JRC 701B, 901B and JAN-2000 series ECDIS. Targeting deck officers, the new course will allow shipowners and operators with JRC ECDIS…

26 Apr 2011

Seagull Extends MLC Training Package

Following keen interest in its first two computer-based training (CBT) modules addressing the Maritime Labour Convention (MLC 2006), training specialist Seagull AS has launched four new MLC-orientated CBT modules to cover the key areas of management, leadership, lifestyle and physical health training. Seagull now offers a comprehensive package of CBT modules, designed to allow shipping companies, ship managers, ship operators and senior officers to achieve and manage compliance with the Convention, which it is anticipated will enter into force during 2012.

03 May 2011

Consilium ECDIS Product-Specific on Board Training Module

Consilium, one of the worlds’s leading suppliers of fire and gas detection and navigation systems, has reached an agreement with well known training specialist Seagull to develop an ECDIS product-specific computer-based training package. As mandatory ECDIS fast approaches, Seagull Managing Director Roger Ringstad said that ECDIS suppliers were increasingly realising the need for product-specific ECDIS training onboard ship. “Shore-based ECDIS facilities can hardly offer the type of product-specific training that key Flag States are increasingly seeking, because there are too many different ECDIS makers and an unlimited number of software versions and system configurations,” he said. “ECDIS training has reached a crossroads and ship owners need to be ready for compulsory ECDIS.

29 Oct 2012

Seagull Steps Up to High Voltage Demands

Roger Ringstad

Maritime training specialist Seagull has plugged a growing gap in shipboard expertise by launching new CBT titles targeted at High Voltage electrical systems operation and maintenance. The wider adoption of electrical propulsion, variable speed drives and cold ironing have combined to make shipboard higher voltage systems (above 1,000V) increasingly commonplace in the maritime industry. Two new Seagull courses, CD#0232 and CD#0233, address revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training…

12 Nov 2012

Seagull Signs Landmark Licensing Agreement

Peter Hinchliffe

Norwegian training specialist Seagull AS has signed a licensing agreement with the International Shipping Federation (ISF), the global employers’ association for shipowners, which will allow Seagull to utilize electronic versions of the widely-used ISF Onboard Training Record Books in conjunction with the Seagull Competence Manager software. The agreement grants Seagull the right to develop an electronic version of all four ISF Record Books and sub-licence these to ship operators who chose to use the Seagull Training Administrator program.

13 Nov 2012

Seagull Offers High Voltage Maritime Equipment Training

Maritime training specialist Seagull plugs the gap in training for shipboard expertise in operation of high voltage electrical systems. The wider adoption of electrical propulsion, variable speed drives and cold ironing have combined to make shipboard higher voltage systems (above 1,000V) increasingly commonplace in the maritime industry. Two new Seagull courses, CBT#0232 and CBT#0233, address revisions to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 2010) on electrical system management which are now force. They cover theoretical knowledge of HV systems, practical skills and safety awareness. The revised STCW requires seafarers working with, or around, HV systems to be trained.

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