Competence-related Training by a Classification Society



As maritime technology increases, there is an immense requirement for people who satisfy particular requirements and demands.  Trained personnel are required to have the knowledge to operate the sophisticated technologies and to control complex-on-board systems.  There already exists a broad selection of Maritime training courses which is required for enhancing and polishing the proficiencies of people in the shipping business.  DNV GL offers the possibility to achieve the same enhancement through their customized training and certification services program named SeaSkillTM.  It involves providing specialized training in auditing, certifying training centres, marine simulators, learning and competence management systems according to the standards set out IMO (International Maritime Organization).

Nils Gunnar Bøe, Head of SeaSkill and Area Manager Norway East, Mid & North at DNV GL has expressed “Enhancing crew competence and establishing a strong safety culture is a key concern for many operators in the maritime and offshore sectors.  Competence management is therefore at the heart of the SeaSkill programme”.

How to overcome reactive competence management:

Seafarer training is done complying with the rules set out by the IMO “Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers”.  The 2012 amended version set forth new standards and requirements all seafarers need to fulfil in order to be certified by the STCW.

Bøe says “SeaSkill certification ensures high-quality, well-structured maritime education programmes using appropriate resources and equipment, and proper competence assessments which increase the value of licences and certificates”.  He also specified that going forth the SeaSkill certification will be designed in such a way to ensure that “ships are operated by people who are fit for purpose.”

DNV GL SeaSkill certification is applicable to both National and International standards for marine training providers programme learning, test centres, simulators for qualification and training purpose.  It also provides assistance to training organizations to develop their competence standards and to recommend practices for areas which involve ice navigation, use of LNG as fuel or Dynamic positioning (DP).

The SeaSkill systematic assessments have been formally recognised by the London-based International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA), the Norwegian government and practically all relevant flag states.

Support for Simulator Certification:

Leading manufacturer of simulators Kongsberg Digital has partnered with DNV GL to assist operators to comprehend with the STCW requirements.  Erik Hovland, General Manager in Maritime Simulation, Kongsberg Digital said: “We are very satisfied to work with DNV GL to reduce the complexities and challenges maritime training providers face when obtaining product certificates for their simulator installations”.  Moving forth DNV GL will issue product certificates based on document evaluation carried out by Kongsberg according to their approved test programmes.

Airline inspired safety culture:

Three test centres located in Norway that includes Kongsberg‘s Ship Modelling and Simulation Centre (SMSC) in Trondheim, the Simsea centre in Haugesund, and Kongsberg Digital’s test centre.  DNV GL project manager Lars Markusson said, “These centres will follow industry best practices when awarding DP operator certificates to candidates who have passed their mandatory theory and practical exams”.  The SeaSkill has certified Carnival Corporation’s training facility CSMART in Almere, Netherlands.  To ensure high safety standards Carnival Corporation has adopted the safety approach followed by the airline industry which ensures all Carnival company’s officers attend one week of training at CSMART each year.  Captain David Christie, SVP, Maritime Quality Assurance at Carnival Corporation, explains: “Modern cruise ship management demands the highest level of safety, and, within all of the Carnival brands, we strive to meet or exceed the applicable safety standards.”

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Source: DNV GL