Quality demands quality

Oct 14 2013

The chemical tanker market is no stranger to adversity, over the years facing rising fuel costs, oversupply and emissions regulations.

Yet through all these challenges, this sector has retained its reputation for offering a blue riband approach to shipmanagement and a standing as a byword for expertise and quality of operations.

According to Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International, this professionalism is reflected in the commitment that shipowners and operators in the chemical tanker sector have towards training.

”While all sectors of the shipping industry appreciate the need to be STCW compliant in their business, we have certainly seen a number of key players in this sector embrace the training available to their personnel and require it be continually improved to meet the changing needs of their industry. Companies in this arena employ the highest quality workforce and demand the highest quality training for that workforce,” he said.

Working with some of the biggest names in the industry, Videotel has been developing a new Advanced Chemical Tanker Course. Shipowners around the world are already using bespoke Videotel content to deliver inhouse training in the field – also taking those elements of the programme they need which provide the best fit with their own training requirements and house style.

Using the experience it has gained from this interaction, this month Videotel launches a new Advanced Chemical Tanker Course developed in conjunction with the Chemical Distribution Institute (CDI) and delivered through its unique Videotel Academy format.

Targeted specifically at Masters, Chief Officers, Chief Engineers, Second Engineers, as well as shore-based operational staff, the course is essential for those having immediate responsibility for loading, discharging and care in transit of cargo on bulk liquid chemical tankers.


Under constant review

The content of the course, while maintaining the requirements of STCW, is constantly reviewed to address the findings and recommendations from marine casualties and investigations and is MCA accredited.

Cleave explained, “The Videotel Academy is a real step change in the field of maritime training. It provides students with the support and personal contact of an individual tutor at the same time as enabling them to feel part of a wider learning group, so essential and important in maintaining motivation and equally avoiding any possible feelings of isolation.

”Over five days the students have the flexibility to participate in the course from the location of their choice, avoiding costly travel and accommodation. Daily start and finish times are arranged to suit the local time of the class and we conduct live tutorials and interactive discussion sessions on-line through the Videotel Academy virtual classroom.

“The course is supported by electronic course notes, video sequences and library access. Each day is concluded with an assignment and assessment paper, with a final written assessment on day five. Students can return to the virtual classroom at any time to rewind and watch the day’s tutorials over again. Of course, this flexible approach calls for exemplary teaching and we are delighted to welcome on board Martin Whittle to act as course tutor,” he said.

Serving at sea for 21 years, Whittle progressed to the role of general manager for CDI in 2000. Working with more than 71 chemical companies, he was responsible for the chemical industry’s global marine transportation and storage inspection schemes, as developing the subsequent establishment of CDIT and the IMPCAS systems.

The Advanced Chemical Tanker Course covers 11 study modules, with a test at the end of each module and a written assessment on the final day of the course.

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