A new catalogue from Videotel will be launched today at the UK Marine Pilots Association (UKMPA) Conference in London. With its 40 year commitment to the maritime industry, Videotel provides the range of high quality training materials demanded from those undertaking pilotage and port operations and has created a wide portfolio of specialist training which is covered in its new Ports and Pilots catalogue.
Ports and Pilots courses are delivered through continuous training assessment using Videotel’s cloud based Continuing Competency Manager (CCM). Navigation and ship handling; human elements and resource management; maritime security and environmental protection; personal safety; port facility, ship cargo operations and much more, are all covered in over 70 courses directly relevant to this complex area.
“A great deal is expected from personnel working in this specialist field, ” explains Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel Marine International. “The breadth and depth of expertise required is vast, and Pilots and port workers operate in an area where human error can have very serious consequences, both financially and in terms of human life.
“It is almost unthinkable to those outside our industry to observe that the simple act of a Pilot or port worker joining or leaving a vessel can result in a risk of death or serious injury, ” he says. “Weather conditions, behaviour of other vessels – even human factors such as fatigue – have a very significant effect on operations in this arena. Ultimately all those working in the sector must take action to ensure that in addition to technical skills, they fully understand the hazards of even relatively straightforward procedures such as the transfer process, take responsibility for their own safety and carry out the necessary steps to mitigate the risks involved.”
Videotel’s portfolio of related courses includes Pilot on Board, Pilot Transfer, Ship Call, Safe Gangway and Ladder Operations as well as its Boarding and Leaving a Vessel at Sea course. Its understanding of the demand for flexible training in the industry ensures that the courses are delivered via a range of mediums: video, interactive CBT (computer based training), booklets and interactive maritime training courses. This allows for a flexible and stimulating approach to training – whether in groups or by self-study, on board, on shore or online – mixing high drama, animation, tests and much more to build a package of top quality training products.