Videotel gains MCA approval for new suite of ship security trainingMaritime Education and Training, Piracy and Terrorism — By admin on December 9, 2013 at 11:27 PM
Videotel has been granted MCA approval on a new training suite designed to meet the forthcoming STCW rules on Ship Security Training.
From 1st January 2014, security training will fall into three categories, in that all seafarers must demonstrate an understanding of the security threats to their vessels whatever their role. Prior to this, security related training was a requirement only for the Ship Security Officer.
Explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel: “The constantly changing nature of shipping means that every person on board a vessel must understand the various threats to the security of that vessel and what action to take when necessary.”
The Videotel Ship Security Officer course, which complies with STCW Reg. VI/5 Sect. A-VI/5, is designed specifically for the Ship Security Officer (SSO), the person on-board responsible for ensuring that the vessel is compliant with the SSP (Ship Security Plan), whereas the Designated Security Duties training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 4; Sect. A-VI/6 para. 6, is targeted at those who have a role assigned under the Ship Security Plan but are not the SSO. The Security Awareness training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 1; Sect. A-VI/6 para.4 is mandatory for all seafarers who are not designated with security duties or are not the SSO.
Adds Mr Cleave: “The addition of these new courses not only meets legislative requirements but also gives seafarers the confidence and ability to deal with security threats. The course material is designed to inform and educate seafarers using our eLearning Computer Based Training, Videotel on Demand or VOD online platforms with accompanying assessments to ensure compliance with STCW requirements.”
Security Awareness Training calls for a knowledge of maritime security when alongside, at anchor and at sea, whereas the other two courses are more specialised, covering the following risks in more depth:
• The Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan
• Reporting procedures
• Defensive and protective measures including searching people and searching the ship
• Drills and training
• Anti-piracy measures and practices
• Emergency measures
Over the last three months alone Videotel has produced and launched over 15 training programmes and courses, which are provided in upto 29 languages. These range from training programmes on COLREGS & IALA Buoyage to others dealing with a variety of important subjects including specialist requirements for Passenger Mustering and Crowd Control to essential knowledge on Leadership & Management.