Seagull Maritime extends CBT training for offshore vesselsTraining // February 27, 2015
Seagull Maritime has extended its suite of computer-based training modules for the offshore sector, adding two courses focusing on deck safety onboard two specific vessel types.
CBT#0334 Deck Safety for Supply Vessels and CBT #0335 Deck Safety for Anchor Handlers as part of an expanding library of offshore titles from Seagull Maritime that reflect its growing presence in the sector. The topics have been prioritised at the request of customers.
Both modules draw on the STCW Code’s mandatory Part A and best offshore industry practice guidelines on controlling general deck work risks, such as the UK Code of Safe Working Practices for merchant seamen and Guidelines for Offshore Marine Operations. Guidance from the UK Maritime and Coastguard Authority, Marine Accident Investigation Branch reports and Marine Safety Forum ‘flashes’ have also been used for reference.
“Personnel working on deck must appreciate hazards specific to offshore operations, and the actions required to be safe at all times,” says Seagull Technical Advisor and course author Chris Thompson. “Increasingly, we have seen seafarers who are trained for deep sea vessels transferring across to the offshore sector; they will be fully trained and certified for cargo ship duties, but neither their education nor their experience at sea will have prepared them for this specialised working environment.
“These vessels operate in some of the most demanding conditions at sea. There have been accidents offshore in the recent past that have had fatal consequences which could have been avoided if simple procedures were followed. These short courses help owners and managers to focus the minds of those new to offshore operations, while also providing a useful refresher for those familiar with the sector.”
Mr Thompson says both modules are distinguished by high levels of video content, as part of “blended learning experience” that includes self-assessment opportunities at the end of each chapter and a final assessment.
Within their 45 minute duration, both CBT#0334 and CBT #0335 offer guidance on how to control the risks associated with general deck work, including slips, trips and falls.
However, Mr Thompson explains: “Each of the modules is tailored to the vessel type’s specific safety challenges. In the case of PSVs, the later part of the course focuses on cargo handling and mooring, while the equivalent section in the anchor handler course highlights towing and working anchors, and the risks posed by chains and winches on deck.”
Seagull Maritime intends to follow up the launch of CBT#0334 and CBT#0335 with deck safety modules that are specific to other specialised offshore vessels before the end of 2015.