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Videotel and Bimco extend joint E-learning initiative oceanwide

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Videotel Marine International and BIMCO are delighted to announce the extension of its ground-breaking venture offering the BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP) throughout the entire Videotel on Demand (VOD) fleet. This new facility allows ship officers on board to study the same BeDP modules as their shore based colleagues, whatever their on board duties and sailing schedules.

“Since linking up with BIMCO the BeDP has proven extremely popular”, says Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel. ”The programme enables students to build on their knowledge, acquire professional competencies and contribute to their continuous professional development.  Now, with VOD on over 10, 000 vessels worldwide, we can extend this opportunity to maritime students wanting to study in a flexible and user friendly way whilst serving on board a vessel.”

The BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme, delivered as a stand-alone course on board, is a highly-focused, e-learning package enabling maritime students the world over to access training encapsulating the more commercial aspects of the shipping industry. Torben Skaanild, BIMCO Secretary General, says: “The creation of a unified training system for both seagoing and shore based personal is immensely important in creating a common understanding of the commercial and practical issues facing the maritime industry and for preparing and planning the training of ships officers, eventually continuing their careers in shore-based functions”.

The first two modules are already available, with more modules to be added later in the year.

BeDP Module 1: Introduction to Shipping – an entry level introduction to the shipping industry, not only explaining how it works, but also showing how it is interdependent with international trade.

BeDP Module 2: Bills of Lading – dealing with the commercial legal issues surrounding Bills of Lading and enabling students to make sound commercial decisions without being exposed to liability or litigation.

Videotel’s VOD system is a unique training delivery platform for seafarers, carrying over 400 Computer-Based Training (CBT) in interactives, videos and courses.

In addition to ship’s officers wanting to broaden their knowledge, the diploma course is aimed at students and young people entering a trainee or internship programme; staff from shipping companies, agents, brokers, banks and other financial institutions; legal firms; and insurance companies or government organisations wishing to learn more about the shipping industry. The BeDP also benefits shipping practitioners wishing to refresh and revise their shipping knowledge. It is backed-up by online forums and workshops, also providing networking opportunities for young shipping professionals.

About Videotel

• Videotel began making training products in 1973 and has since pioneered web-based elearning to become a market-leader in on-board and shore-based maritime training.

• Videotel is the largest multi-media producer of high-quality maritime safety training software and materials serving the maritime community today. As well as its award winning programmes on board some 10, 000 vessels, Videotel has the largest portfolio of maritime computer based training (CBT) materials in the world.

• With over 100 million training hours accomplished to date, Videotel is assisting in promoting the learning of hundreds of thousands of seafarers across the globe.

• Videotel’s extensive international training catalogue includes more than 800 titles in a range of formats and various languages.

• Videotel’s Computer Based Training (CBT) and online training solutions make possible a huge variety of training opportunities. The latest Video on Demand (VOD) system offers a comprehensive and affordable solution to both on-board crew training and records management aboard ship. The VOD computer system is able to offer more than 400 selected CBT interactive training packages, videos, courses and accompanying books at any one time, added to which it will contain the appropriate training packages for the BIMCO Training Diploma.


BIMCO is the oldest of the international shipping associations, comprising a membership of a broad range of stakeholders with vested interests in the shipping industry, including ship-owners, managers, brokers and agents. The shipowner segment alone operates about 65 per cent of the world’s merchant fleet measured in deadweight tonnage.

The association’s main objective is to facilitate the commercial operations of its global membership through the provision of quality information and advice, education and training. While promoting fair business practices and developing standards for contract terms, BIMCO is a strong advocate for harmonisation and standardization of all shipping related activity, whether at sea, in ports or ashore.

In support of its commitment to ensure a level playing field for all actors within the global shipping industry, the association promotes the development and application of internationally agreed regulatory instruments.  In acknowledgement of its constructive contributions to the regulatory process, BIMCO is accredited as a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with all relevant United Nations agencies. In the pursuit of reaching its objectives, the association maintains a close dialogue with Governments and diplomatic representations around the world including maritime administrations, regulatory institutions and other stakeholders

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