The joint team from the two companies worked together to produce a programme which covers all US Port State Control procedures, focusing in particular on the US Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection (CBP) immigration and agricultural inspections.
In this regard, MTS was given the opportunity to follow CBP officers on a real agricultural inspection and immigration procedure, which proved especially valuable in creating the training programme.
"CBP was a fantastic partner for us in producing this new programme," says Matt Gasparich, managing director, MTS.
"They are committed to educating seafarers about new policies and procedures and were very open with the way crews could prepare for the examinations."
The programme covers the US Coast Guard inspection process, following a team of inspectors through a typical boarding with Coast Guard commentary on the best way to prepare ships and crews for inspection.
It is available through Videotel’s VOD system, and for purchase worldwide from MTS.