Posts Tagged ‘training’

Admiralty sponsors Lloyd’s List Training Award

August 25, 2011

Last week, the Lloyds List Asia Awards 2011 shortlist was announced, and Admiralty is once again sponsoring the training award. We’re also sponsoring the Global version too, for the third year running.

The training awards recognise outstanding commitment to staff or student training, or an outstanding contribution towards improving training standards for the maritime industry.

The shortlisted organisations – you can see the Asia shortlist here and the global short list here – are all recognised centres of excellence and will be judged on “investment in new facilities and courses, innovative training solutions and a sustained and effective approach to developing quality staff in the maritime sector.”

We’re looking forward to hearing more about the details of each entry, and all the hard work which has gone into the different training programmes. Training is a subject which is close to our hearts at Admiralty. It’s through training that we develop our own expert teams to deliver the accurate paper and digital charts which mariners rely on, and it’s a vital part of our work with other hydrographic offices worldwide to help build hydrographic expertise globally.

And with the introduction of the IMO’s ECDIS Mandate, starting in 2012, training will be a major requirement across the industry, to ensure that mariners have the skills required to navigate safely and efficiency with digital. Admiralty is working closely with shipping companies, training colleges and crewing agencies to support this challenge, and our sponsorship of the award reflects that commitment.

Global Award winners will be announced at a ceremony attended by the industry’s biggest names at the London Hilton Park Lane, Tuesday 20 September, 2011, we hope to see you there.


Sustaining the future

May 27, 2011

Nor-Shipping is fast becoming Nor-Offshore, not simply to reflect that sector’s promise while the shipping market skulks in the doldrums, but because Norway sees, in Brazil in particular, a new territory in which it can sell its expertise in deepwater, harsh environment oil drilling.

Shipping people don’t switch off – this affects you too. Not least because the oil in Brazil’s Campos and Santos basins will be a new source of increased crude shipments in the coming years, but because, as more than one speaker at the Agenda Offshore conference noted, both sectors face parallel challenges and convergence is to be expected as the issues of the energy business knock on to shipping.

Petrobras CEO Jose Sergio Gabrielli had good news for delegates, but it came with a Latin flavour. This oil boom would be to a large extent a domestic affair. Anyone wanting a seat at the table would have to recognise that the rigs and ships would be built in Brazil, where Petrobras is overseeing new technology and logistics centres.

“We are founding new technology centres and will build a completely new logistics hub. We will have to train at least 200,000 people and we are starting work with schools and colleges to do that. It is a long term human resources challenge,” he told delegates.

Brazil’s oil boom would be managed sustainably and the government required that the money didn’t cut and run – oil revenues would be harvested locally and would support social development in the country. Societal and institutional mores would have to be satisfied and Brazil would require concrete commitment from its partners to share in the upside.

You could almost hear the Norwegian oil executives Googling house prices in Rio. Gabrielli said developing Brazil’s ‘pre-salt’ resources would mean improving margins by obtaining higher productivity from fewer wells, using better technology. The company was already thinking about how to sequester the CO2 that would be produced from the drilling operations.

He also made a point that post-Macondo, the rest of the drilling industry should note: Petrobras’ internal and external safety requirements were higher than the industry average. “Under law, our safety requirements are very high. If it costs more, then that is something we do on purpose to maximise precautions. The lesson from Macondo is that the industry has to follow procedures rather than playing the risks,” he added.

Neville Smith

Investigating the Future of Navigation

April 12, 2011

The UKHO has teamed up with Neville Smith, freelance journalist and blogger, and former Deputy Editor of Lloyds List, to be special guest editor on our Future of Navigation blog, where he’ll be looking at some of the key issues the industry faces as it shifts to digital navigation. Here, Neville sets out some of the themes he’ll be exploring;

“Welcome to the first of a new series of blogs from the UK Hydrographic Office examining the issues and challenges around ECDIS and e-Navigation.

The Future of Navigation blog is already popular destination for information and updates on UKHO activities and products.  Over the coming months, I’ll be adding the shipping industry perspective to the mix, and addressing some of the issues of interest and concern to the industry.

I’ll be seeking the views of decision-makers, regulators, manufacturers and of course, the users of digital navigation technology.

Some of the issues we plan to cover include an update on e-Navigation, assessing the work done to date and that is still required. The IMO is making progress on user needs, but are the users onboard?

Broadband satellite communications is playing an increasingly important role in bridge and shoreside operations. Adoption is moving fast but can broadband become a commonplace?

Training is an ever-present theme in ECDIS adoption and it is vital that all stakeholders understand the different types of training available. What is required for compliance and what is the nice to have? Is the structure right and if so, is the capacity available?

It’s also worth remembering that amid the challenges of ECDIS lie huge opportunities. We hear less often from the happy users of ECDIS about the difference it has made to them, but there is plenty of evidence that forward-thinking owners like ECDIS and so do their officers. Perhaps perception is a barrier?

To cover all these issues and more will involve dialogue with the ‘ECDIS community’. This is where you come in – I hope the blog becomes a place where the interested will meet and talk, exchange ideas, argue a little and gain some clarity and insight. I look forward to hearing from you.”

Admiralty Academy Docks in Athens

November 12, 2010

Following the success of our Future of Navigation events held earlier this year in Hamburg and Singapore, Admiralty took a fresh approach for the third event hosted in Athens in October.

'Ask the Experts' Q&A session

The ‘Admiralty Academy’ brought together delegates from over 50 shipping companies and maritime organisations in the region, and focused on delivering a ‘hands-on’ experience of Admiralty’s digital product portfolio.

In particular, it was an opportunity for delegates to try out Admiralty e-Navigator, the UKHO’s new integrated digital catalogue, product viewer and passage planning tool. Customers were introduced to e-Navigator through a series of exercises designed to provide a thorough tour of e-Navigator’s capabilities, and help them understand how it makes every stage of passage planning navigation and fleet management smarter, simpler and safer.

Two things really stood out for delegates:

  • e-Navigator’s ease-of-use: The Admiralty product team has worked very closely with mariners and shipping companies to ensure that e-Navigator has a clear and intuitive interface which helps users quickly and easily access the information they need. The interface is familiar to anyone who has ever used a PC, and delegates were up and running on the software in just a few minutes.
  • Time savings: Mariners at the Admiralty Academy were particularly impressed by the speed with which they could identify all the charts required for a voyage. Many fleet managers present identified the real-time exchange of passage planning information between bridge and shore as a key step in increasing the efficiency of their processes. “Quick”, “easy”, “simple”, “time saving” and “everything in one place” were descriptions heard from delegates in every session.

Admiralty customers try out e-Navigator

All the delegates left the day with a better understanding of the role e-Navigator  will play in their day-to-day fleet management, and in particular enjoyed the opportunity to practice using e-Navigator on PCs and really get to grips with the system first-hand. We will be running further events for our distributors and customers throughout 2011, and we’ll keep you updated as soon as we have the details. In the meantime, if you need any information about Admiralty e-Navigator or compliance with the ECDIS Mandate, you can always use the Ask Admiralty service on our website.


Lloyd’s List Awards

November 8, 2010

For the second year running, Admiralty sponsored the Training Award at the Lloyd’s List Global Awards, which was held on 29 September 2010.

The Training Award is presented to the company that has shown outstanding commitment in training its employees ashore or at sea to the benefit of the firm’s performance, the employees’ well-being, and the maritime industry as a whole.

It’s an opportunity to highlight the vital importance of continually improving the skills of the maritime workforce, an issue which becomes increasingly important as the industry shifts to a digital future of navigation.

The winner of the prestigious award this year was NYK of Japan, who faced tough competition from a number of well-respected names including the Maritime Training Institute in Karachi, Maersk Line and Varun Shipping Company.

NYK was presented with the Training Award in recognition of its work in the Philippines. There, NYK set up a subsidiary company to engage in the recruitment, education, training, deployment and management of highly-skilled Filipino seafarers, which was recognised by the Philippines government for its quality.  NYK has also created a very effective program of continuous improvement focused on safety and efficiency for the seafarers on their vessels.

Mike Robinson, UKHO Chief Executive, who presented the award, commented that “Effective training is clearly a critical success factor for the entire industry, especially as digital navigation becomes a mandatory requirement in the next few years. We’re delighted to see so many good examples of training programmes through the Lloyd’s List Global Awards, which will help develop the skills of mariners and improve the safety and efficiency of shipping the world over.”


A cool pair of trainers

May 20, 2010

Ken Helle Jensen and Mads Friis Sorensen of Furuno gave the Hamburg event a real-life take on training for ECDIS and e-navigation but that didn’t stop Ken from describing the kind of systems that we might see on the ship of the future.

But it did allow him to confide that the majority of service calls Furuno receives are classified as ‘Default 40’. That, for the uninitiated, is the average length in centimetres between an operator’s forearm and the equipment he is using.

Salesmen, he said, will stress a system’s features and benefits. Trainers will talk about its limitations. The most important piece of kit onboard remains ‘clean windows’ to look out of’.

That’s encouraging when he sketched a future which could see increasing use of Integrated Navigation Systems, meaning the machines taking a greater role in voyage execution.

Furuno training was about satisfying the regulations but he said was also about buying mariners time in an emergency – time to control critical situations, retrieve data and complete processes. Training in the routines will buy mariners that time.

His colleague Mads Friis Sorensen looked at the shoreside training requirement and an superintendent who thinks that ECDIS is a shipboard thing needs to think again. Supers are ‘part of decision making and they should be part of the process’ he counselled.

The Future of Navigation docks in Hamburg

May 19, 2010

This week we have been putting together the finishing preparations for the first in a series of one-day navigation events with some of our regional partners.

Taking place in Hamburg on Thursday, the UKHO and German distributor HanseNautic have invited representatives from a number of shipping companies to the exclusive event hosted by Lloyd’s List’s Tom Leander.

Addressing the key factors affecting mariners, the one-day event aims to bring together people from across the industry to discuss and explore the principal issues – particularly in light of the transition of paper to digital navigation.

So exactly what have we got in store? The day will feature keynote speakers from the UKHO, HanseNautic, the University of Applied Sciences Emden/Leer, Sustainable Maritime Solutions and ECDIS hardware manufacturer Furuno.

Among the topics are the path to digital navigation, the increasing need for energy efficiency,  issues for shipowners and managers, what training needs are on the agenda – as well as what the UKHO is doing to answer some of these questions.

Combining this variety of insights, discussion and panel sessions will ensure an informative process for shipping companies to help set them on course for a successful approach to digital navigation.

In addition, UKHO is letting delegates get their hands on its new decision support tool eNavigator and seeking feedback and views from potential users.

The whole day will be really interactive – in addition to usual Q&A, attendees will have the chance to vote on questions as the event progresses, so we can get a clear picture of the industry’s preparedness for mandatory carriage of ECDIS, training for mariners and a host of other topics.

The event is taking place at the International Maritime Museum in Hamburg, Germany on May 20th, and is the first stop in a series of regional UKHO road shows that will also visit Singapore and Athens later in 2010.

We’ll be updating the blog with some of the key points from the discussion on the day, so watch this space for details!

Industry Training

January 12, 2010

Training was in the spotlight last week. Gordon Brown met with shipping unions and ship owners, who were looking for government support for maritime training in the UK, to ensure the future of the industry in the country. They only had 15 minutes with the Prime Minister, but we hope the meeting was a success.

Michael Grey also touched on the theme of training this week on Clay Maitland’s blog, and it’s an issue we’re watching very closely.

Michael picks up on a critique of ECDIS from the latest newsletter of the Confederation of European Shipmasters’ Associations, written by Captain H.Van der Laan, Master of the mv Balticborg. The Captain is concerned about ‘user-unfriendly’ ECDIS equipment and manuals and suggests that it takes too long to acquaint oneself with unfamiliar ECDIS equipment and that any training provided is “short and incomplete”.

It’s an issue we recognise at the UKHO. With the clock counting down to 2012, and an estimated 500,000 people who will require training over the next eight years, we need to ask ourselves whether, as a community, we are providing the necessary training input and support to mariners to guarantee their successful transfer to electronic navigation?

At present, the answer is we’re probably falling short; ECDIS training today is imperfect, at best. The IMO has a model training course, but reservations exist about its comprehensiveness; some flag states are developing rules to make ECDIS training mandatory, but how or when is not yet clear, and some shipping companies have training facilities but there’s little uniformity.

Clearly, the situation needs to improve so that ship owners and mariners know that when they invest in training, it’s to good effect. So it’s good to know that the IMO is set to include ECDIS training as a specific requirement in the revised STCW code that is scheduled for adoption next year, which will help improve the consistency of training.  

The UKHO is also working with a number of organisations and using its expertise and understanding of ECDIS requirements to develop a training syllabus, which is aimed squarely at helping the end-user get the most from an ECDIS system. We’re expecting this to be available early next year so watch this space!


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