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Seafarer training

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FUTURE D isruptive technology has made its way onto the maritime sphere—with apps, data, the Internet of Things, and remote operation permeating every level of the industry. While much of the focus lately has been on the use of remotelyoperated or autonomous vessels, and the implementation of Artificial Intelligence in vessel system operations, the question must be asked, how will this “rise of the machines,” so to speak, change training and the role of the seafarer? It is no secret that seafarers today have to retain more information and undergo more training than they did 100 years ago—adapting to and learning how to use new systems on a regular basis. To help with that, some operators have turned to companies such as VSTEP and KVH Videotel to keep abreast of the latest training practices. VSTEP recently completed the first stage of its joint project with DAMEN Shipyards and Alphatron Marine, with the passing of the Factory Acceptance test for its NAUTIS full mission bridge simulator being built for the Royal Bahamas Defense Force (RBDF). The simulator will recreate the whole of the Bahamas, including nine ports, and enable

A look at seafarer training in the digital age By Shirley Del Valle, Managing Editor

the crew to become familiar with operating the area, the Damen vessels and its system. Operators who have turned to KVH Videotel’s maritime training programs to help train its onboard crews in a variety of topics related to STCW may soon benefit from the company’s latest offering. Videotel Performance Manager is expected to

The bigger question has always been: ‘How are we going to incorporate this new technology with the old?’

“increase operational efficiency, safety, and crew performance,” says KVH. Among the software’s key features is its ability to provide Training Managers with information on training programs across a fleet, seeing what training is being carried out, by whom and where; tracking the crews’ training program;

and creating training programs based on the vessel’s safety management system. For maritime schools, “The challenge is ensuring we are adaptive to change in the industry,” says John Stauffer, Associate Vice Chancellor, San Jacinto College, Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus. To that end, schools like San Jacinto College have invested in new state-of-the-art facilities and technologies. In March 2016, San Jacinto opened a new 45,000 ft2 facility along the Houston Ship Channel, offering more than 75 U.S Coast Guard approved deck and engine courses and housing the very latest technology and U.S. Coast Guardapproved curriculum. The school’s program “blends both hands-on training and computer-based training within a classroom lecture. Many of our courses require students to demonstrate their learning through USCG-required assessments utilizing our Kongsberg Engine Room simulator or our Transas Simulation classrooms,” explains Mr. Stauffer. Transas, of course, is one of the largest providers of simulation technology for the industry. Most recently the company debuted its first package of applications built on THESIS, a unified cloud-based March 2018 // Marine Log 29

Marine Log March 2018  
Marine Log March 2018