This means that the company is the only lifeboat manufacturer that offers production, servicing and certified training in the operation and maintenance of lifeboats and lifeboat crew.
Gaining STCW approval is very timely for Norsafe as the Manila 2010 Amendments to the STCW-78 Convention stipulates that seafarers, who are qualified in the following areas, need to provide documentary proof they have recently undergone training or have been on a refresher course within the last five years by 1st January 2017.
The areas affected by the Manila amendments are:
• Advanced Fire Fighting – (STCW table A-VI/3)
• Survival Craft and Rescue boats other than Fast Rescue Boats – (STCW table A-VI/2-1)
• Medical First Aid – (STCW table A-VI4-1)
• Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats – (STCW table A-VI/2-2)
Norsafe has two modern training academies one in Rosendal, Norway and the other in Athens providing STCW and Norwegian Oil and Gas (NOROG) compliant courses.
The company has worked hard to ensure its training centres are some of the most advanced in the industry with course attendees using up to date equipment similar to what they will encounter at sea.
“Norsafe offers life- saving equipment of the highest standard, world-wide servicing and now with the addition of STCW certified training, we can confidently state we’re a complete safety supplier, ” said Michael Røssland, Vice President, Norsafe Academy.
“With Port State Control Inspections consistently finding a 10% deficiency rate in life saving equipment maintenance and training, it is important that ship owners and ship management companies focus on this area as it could quite literally be a matter of life or death, ” he continued.
Norsafe Group has its headquarters in Arendal, Norway and has 1200 employees.
The company has a worldwide involvement that includes production, sales, delivery and service of lifesaving equipment for ships and the offshore industry.
Norsafe has its own production and sales/service companies in Norway, China, Greece, Mexico, Singapore, South Korea, Australia, USA, UK, Japan, Brazil and the Netherlands. In addition, Norsafe Group has a network of 30 authorized service partners spread across all continents.
Norsafe Academy offers courses and training, STCW95/OLF & OPITO, as is currently expanding its network. Norsafe is continually growing, and new daughter companies and service stations are being planned/developed.