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New offshore safety training from Seagull

Seagull Maritime has announced the launch of two new computer-based training (CBT) modules, focusing on deck safety for specific types of offshore vessels.

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The video training programmes cover deck safety for supply vessels and anchor handlers, and have been developed in response to demand from customers, according to Seagull.

The CBT provider says that both modules draw on the STCW Code, as well as offshore industry best practice guidelines on controlling general deck risks, such as the UK Code of Safe Working Practices for merchant seamen and Guidelines for Offshore Marine Operations.

“Personnel working on deck must appreciate hazards specific to offshore operations, and the actions required to be safe at all times,” says Seagull technical advisor and course author Chris Thompson.

“Increasingly, we have seen seafarers who are trained for deep sea vessels transferring across to the offshore sector; they will be fully trained and certified for cargo ship duties, but neither their education nor their experience at sea will have prepared them for this specialised working environment.”

“These vessels operate in some of the most demanding conditions at sea. There have been accidents offshore in the recent past that have had fatal consequences which could have been avoided if simple procedures were followed.”

“These short courses help owners and managers to focus the minds of those new to offshore operations, while also providing a useful refresher for those familiar with the sector.”

The training focuses on how to control the risks associated with general deck work, including slips, trips and falls, and features video instruction, as well as self-assessment tasks at the end of each chapter, plus a final assessment.

“Each of the modules is tailored to the vessel type’s specific safety challenges,” continues Mr Thompson.

“In the case of PSVs, the later part of the course focuses on cargo handling and mooring, while the equivalent section in the anchor handler course highlights towing and working anchors, and the risks posed by chains and winches on deck.”

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