Seafarers have multiple responsibilities when they sign on a vessel, operating technical installations, Managing the resources, Preventing the risks on deck and in the engine room, etc. They must cope with increasingly complex technology. That’s why CMA CGM provides a whole range of courses developed in collaboration with its Officers.
Highly qualified crews due to training programs at the forefront of technology
This is the task that has been entrusted to CMA SHIPS. A team manages the current program of training courses but also develops training materials for tomorrow to give our Seafarers the necessary support to maintain their skills at an optimal level. This is particularly important for when they take on responsibility for the fleet’s giants which are equipped with the latest technology.
The training strategy, backed by the Group’s Top Management, was recognized by the industry last month when Lloyd’s List presented CMA CGM with its training award to acknowledge and encourage the shipboard cadet training program.
Changes to training regulations and the workplace for seafarers on today’s vessels requires proactive training plans that look to the future to be in place. In addition, the CMA CGM Group is expecting delivery of more than 30 vessels over the next three years.
To anticipate these needs, a program to monitor cadets to ensure they get the best training possible on board has been developed. Recently, captains joined the team to provide their expertise in monitoring training plans and improving the reporting system.
Different types of training
In addition to the usual courses required by the crew (resources management, safety, load-calculations, etc.), the team on the bridge needs to take specific courses in ship handling, Captains and Chief Officers are trained on Full Mission Bridge simulators and manned models of the big vessels.
Safety and Security
Training is one of several ways to reach the goal “Zero Accident”, and is why CMA CGM works to develop and update shipboard programs: fire prevention, safety, high voltage, ballast visits and environmental protection are among new programs installed on board in the last few months in collaboration with the Safety Security Environment Department. And finally, a system developed regularly backs-up the training records of each individual.
Engineers and Electricians have to take courses adapted to the new electronic Wärtsilä, MAN engines and the 6600 Volts electrical installations. The CMA CGM Group also has a catalogue to teach Engineers how to control better energy consumption and they can use small on-board simulators to improve their expertise in operating equipment. The catalogue will soon include an advanced course on monitoring and maintaining reefers on board.
An essential component of seafaring professions, resources management training helps them make decisions quickly, in accordance with the rules, while taking into account all the human, technical and environmental parameters. Our vessels often run into difficult situations at sea and Officers must be able to analyze and manage all types of situation under stress. A key element is being able to communicate effectively with sailors of all nationalities and cultures, and with the shore-based support teams.
A program that is constantly evolving
In 2014, a large part of the fleet will have Wifi on board that will allow seafarers to log on to an onboard training server from their cabin with their laptops. The systems is currently being tested on the 16,000 TEUs vessels (CMA CGM MARCO POLO, CMA CGM JULES VERNE and CMA CGM ALEXANDER VON HUMBOLDT). Soon, everyone will have access from home via the Net to his or her own training dossier and e-learning programs.