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The UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has given its nod to Videotel‘s new suite of security training courses. Coming as it does from the MCA headed by the illustrious Sir Alan Massey, the approval is significant. It reminds us of the ‘Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval’ of the popular Hearst magazine. It’s also quite timely: from 1st January 2014, all seafarers must undergo security awareness training under the amended STCW regulations.

Videotel CEO Nigel Cleave says of the training suite: ‘The course material is designed to inform and educate seafarers using our eLearning Computer Based Training, Videotel on Demand or VOD online platforms with accompanying assessments to ensure compliance with STCW requirements.’ Included in the package:

• The Ship Security Assessment and Ship Security Plan
• Reporting procedures
• Defensive and protective measures including searching people and searching the ship
• Drills and training
• Anti-piracy measures and practices
• Emergency measures

Videotel has been in the marine training business for more than 40 years. It’s become a ‘household’ name. If only for this reason, its new security training package is worth serious consideration. ~Barista Uno

FOOTNOTE: The Videotel Ship Security Officer course, which complies with STCW Reg. VI/5 Sect. A-VI/5, is designed specifically for the Ship Security Officer (SSO), the person on-board responsible for ensuring that the vessel is compliant with the SSP (Ship Security Plan), whereas the Designated Security Duties training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 4; Sect. A-VI/6 para. 6, is targeted at those who have a role assigned under the Ship Security Plan but are not the SSO. The Security Awareness training course, complying with the requirements of STCW Reg. VI/6 para. 1; Sect. A-VI/6 para.4 is mandatory for all seafarers who are not designated with security duties or are not the SSO.

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