OCIMF (Oil Companies International Marine Forum) has recently released their new Vessel Inspection Questionnaire (VIQ) that takes effect on 17th of September 2018. With a complete section on maritime security devoted to Cyber Security, this is the first major revision of OCIMF’s VIQ since 2013.
One of the challenges that navigating officers’ face is a large number of ECDIS systems found on vessels, all with different user interfaces. However, on boarding vessels officers need to be able to competently use the ECDIS, as it could be their main source of navigation. In order to assist the shipping industry, Seagull has partnered with ECDIS developers to create cost-effective ECDIS type-specific training for several of the widely used models.
Across the global maritime community, vessels, ports and facilities are increasingly dependent on cyber systems. Failure to anticipate and prepare for a cyber incident could lead to disastrous consequences.
Seagull Maritime continues to update the Seagull Training App. The newly enhanced Seagull Training App is now complete with the possibility to run e-learning modules and learning films directly from the main menu. The App can be used across a range of mobile device including tablets, in both Android and iOS formats, with dynamic screen layouts for all sizes.
Produced by DNV GL, the Cyber Security Awareness training is set out to help seafarers identify and respond to cyber threats.
On the 8th September 2017 the International Convention of the Control and Management of Ship's Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) entered into force. With a few exceptions, it will apply to all ships in international trade beginning in 2017 and fully implemented in 2024.
The Paris MoU and Tokyo MoU have announced a joint Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) focusing on the Safety of Navigation including ECDIS. The CIC aims at checking the compliance with Safety of Navigation, including Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS). This inspection campaign will be held for three months, commencing from 1 September 2017 and ending 30 November 2017.
Asia Maritime Pacific (AMP) is an Asia-based dry bulk shipping company, specialising in offering personalised solutions and reliable, innovative solutions to its customers. With its modern fleet of Handysize and minibulker vessels, specially designed and fitted to service AMP’s trades, AMP is a trusted partner for dry bulk shipping needs.
A very important element in any sort of training is to take away the passive act of just watching and listening. We want to have the learner engaged in the topic and make reflections based on their own experience.
The marine industry experiences incidents that range from major accidents to near misses. These incidents should be investigated because the process is designed to help organisations learn from past performance and develop strategies to improve safety. Another driver is of course that flag administration regulations require it; international agreements mandate it (such as the IMO “International Safety Management Code”); and industry initiatives encourage it.
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