Maritime courses draw more trainees
Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2014
The Maritime Training Center of Abu Dhabi Ports Company (ADPC) has recorded a 41 per cent increase in course participants last year, as compared to 2012.
The programmes at the centre include the channel familiarisation course, which is one of the main programmes; and five additional courses have been added to the curriculum to widen the teaching spectrum, said a statement.
The five additional courses include the vessel traffic services (VTS) course, the port facility security officer (PFSO) course, the high speed craft operators course, as well as the course on human element, leadership and management (HELM), on both the management and operational level.
The channel familiarisation course, which covers the new 53-km long Musaffah channel leading from the open sea of the Arabian Gulf to Musaffah Port, recorded 16 per cent increase in participation.
The participants are trained on a ship manoeuvring simulator which has been programmed with all of the specific details of the Musaffah Port and Channel. Other local settings can be used, such as Khalifa Port, as well as further non-specific port locations which allow the master to practice navigation in an unfamiliar environment.
The ship simulator can also be programmed to reflect a wide variety of vessels, ranging from high speed pilot boats and crew boats to the world’s largest container ships. The programme also simulates different weather and tidal conditions to give a wide practical training experience.
Sultan Al Jaberi, VP regulations, HSE and security, ADPC, said: “The growing number of attendees is a solid indicator that our combination of high tech equipment, ultra-modern facilities and highly experienced staff who teach in line with international maritime standards is paying off.”
“Over the past year we have increased the number of channel familiarisation courses from 72 to 84 to address the growing demand. In 2013, we widened our teaching spectrum and offered a total of 92 courses with a total of 271 attendees. And we will further develop our programmes to establish the centre as a major regional hub for maritime education.”
“Up to 96% of marine casualties are caused by some form of human error”, said Al Jaberi.
A five-day training course on human element, leadership and management (HELM) addresses this issue on a management and operational level while teaching useful strategies of how to avoid common mistakes and be most effective in a high risk work environment, he added. - TradeArabia News Service