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Lloyd’s Register launches new distance learning training programme

Lloyd’s Register has launched an interactive, CD-ROM distance learning training program for shipboard staff, produced in co-operation with training technology organisation Videotel Interactive.

The new program has been designed and produced as an integral component of Lloyd’s Register’s Hull Planned Maintenance Scheme (HPMS), one of several maintenance management services the Lloyd’s Register Group offers to enable shipboard staff to take a more active role in the classification process.

HPMS is an alternative hull survey regime for selected ship types based on the alignment and integration of classification requirements with an operator’s existing hull inspection and maintenance programme. It enables operators who have already demonstrated a commitment to maintenance management to empower selected, accredited shipboard staff to carry out regular hull inspections. The results are then presented to a Lloyd’s Register Group surveyor for verification during the annual class survey.

The CD-ROM is designed to be both a learning aid and a reference document that draws on the Lloyd’s Register Group’s experience in the survey of ships. It contains multiple modules which cover a variety of general and ship-type specific topics, including An Introduction to Classification, Personal Health and Safety, General Ship Knowledge, Inspections and Marine Coatings. The ship-type specific modules illustrate the design and construction processes for that particular ship type, along with details of common defects. Such units have been prepared for gas carriers, passenger ships, container ships, vehicle carriers and ro-ro ships. Users are required to demonstrate their understanding of each unit by completing an in-built assessment.

"Shipboard staff have an important role to play in maintenance management, and this CD-ROM-based training programme will enable them to carry out their duties under the Hull Planned Maintenance Scheme in an effective manner, while enhancing their overall knowledge of ship structures and survey requirements," says Chris Holland, Lloyd’s Register’s Product Manager for Maintenance Management.

After completion of the distance learning program, participants attend a one or two day training workshop, either ashore or on board one of the operator’s ships. The latter option clearly provides the best method for practical demonstrations but is subject to the availability of a suitable ship. The workshop repeats some of the distance learning material in greater detail, with emphasis on the identification of defects, repairs and the reporting of inspection. Participants are encouraged to take an active role through their involvement in assigned tasks and a question and answer forum.

Upon successful completion of the training course, ship’s staff are issued a certificate of authorisation which qualifies them to undertake hull inspections on the particular ship type they received training on. Authorisation is valid for five years, after which time ship’s staff must undergo refresher training. This is conducted along the same lines as the initial qualifying workshop, with the additional benefit of updating the individual on further experience gained by the Lloyd’s Register Group in the identification and prediction of defects on the relevant ship type.

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