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Videotel and BIMCO extend partnership

Videotel Marine International and BIMCO have extended their cooperation agreement to offer the BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP) to all Videotel on Demand (VOD) users.

This new facility will allow ship officers on board to study the same BeDP modules as their shore based colleagues.

The BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme, delivered as a stand-alone course on board, is an e-learning package looking at the more commercial aspects of the shipping industry.

“The creation of a unified training system for both seagoing and shore based personal is immensely important in creating a common understanding of the commercial and practical issues facing the maritime industry and for preparing and planning the training of ships’ officers, eventually continuing their careers in shore-based functions,” said Torben Skaanild, BIMCO secretary general.

The first two modules of the course are already available, with more modules to be added later in the year.

Module 1 is called Introduction to Shipping, and offers an entry level introduction to the shipping industry, explaining how it works and showing how it is interdependent with international trade.

Module 2, named Bills of Lading, deals with the commercial legal issues surrounding Bills of Lading and teaches students how to make sound commercial decisions without being exposed to liability or litigation.

“Since linking up with BIMCO the BeDP has proven extremely popular,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.

“The programme enables students to build on their knowledge, acquire professional competencies and contribute to their continuous professional development. Now, with VOD on over 10,000 vessels worldwide, we can extend this opportunity to maritime students wanting to study in a flexible and user friendly way whilst serving on board a vessel.”

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