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Seagull warns of deficit in anti-piracy training

Seagull warns of deficit in anti-piracy training
Norwegian e-training company Seagull has raised concerns about security training, ahead of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) deadline in January 2014.

“ECDIS traning has been so high on the agenda that many companies have forgotten security training for 2014,” Seagull managing director Roger Ringstad asserts. “Training for ECDIS is always done four or five years ahead, but the security training deadline is looming in less than a year. A lot of companies were very surprised that this was happening so soon.”
Seagull’s computer-based training courses cover both ECDIS and Security, with acceptance by various flag states. Under the Manila amendments to the STCW, all seafarers need approved ship security training, including generic security awareness for most seafarers followed by more detailed training for designated officers – such as CBT 156, covering Piracy and Armed Robbery.
“A key concept of the Seagull Security Onboard training is that seafarers will be able to start at any of three levels, depending on their position and duties onboard,” said Anders Brunvoll, course instructor. “If required they can easily move up to a higher level, without repeating any of the e-learning modules they have already taken. The training is also designed that seafarers are more or less obliged to familiarise themselves with the particular security requirements of the vessel they are on and the company employing them.”