Shipmanager BSM expands simulator and remote training offerings to maintain a high level of competency across its LNG and gas carrier fleet
As more LNG vessels enter the global market, Bernhard Schulte Shipmanagement (BSM) is further developing online work-based training solutions. This follows the success of its Liquid Cargo training facility and simulator at its Maritime Training Centre in Cyprus.
Developed in-house by the company’s technical team, and using GTT Training software, the Liquid Cargo Simulator (LCS) provides authentic and immersive training across a range of ships, including LNG-fuelled ships and gas carriers, with a combination of cargo containment systems and different propulsion systems. The integrated maritime solutions provider has since rolled out the software to its centres in Mumbai, Manila and Poland, where the simulator is displayed on screens.
The simulator is used to train seafarers to meet the requirements of the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Code and Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) standards, while bespoke modules help develop a higher level of expertise across the BSM-managed fleet.
With the current restrictions on travel due to the Covid-19 pandemic, BSM has achieved DNV approval to offer the Liquified Cargo Operations (LICOS) training course remotely to LNG and LPG crews via its Cyprus centre.
“We have seen a growing demand for remote training, a trend that we believe will persist”
BSM HR marine general manager Andrew Hall told LNG Shipping & Terminals: “Our new LCS in Cyprus is able to deliver realistic training for all our LNG, LPG and IGF training requirements and ensure our fleet is competent on the latest fleet and technology. BSM’s simulator-based online courses ensure crew are competent to operate the vessels in a safe and efficient manner.”
Continued Mr Hall: “As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and the restrictions it has imposed on travel and face-to-face training, we have seen a growing demand for remote training, a trend that we believe will persist. In our experience, imparting knowledge-based training within a digital classroom environment has proven to be highly effective for many of the courses previously delivered within our centres and we will continue to enhance and expand our offerings in this area to ensure seamless access to the necessary training for the career development of our seafarers globally.”
He further explained that the remote learning will ensure seafarers across the industry acquire and retain necessary competencies prior to serving on LNG and LPG vessels.
“Our aim is to maintain the highest standards of delivery to seafarers without them needing to physically travel to a training centre and expose themselves to unnecessary health risks,” he said.
As well as the SIGTTO LICOS training, BSM offers three other gas-related remote training courses aimed at relevant crew members on liquefied gas carriers, in particular those responsible for the safe planning and execution of operations related to cargo.
Looking to the future, Mr Hall concluded: “Another area that we will further develop is workplace-based training and assessment at sea, with its benefit of competence development in a real-life environment. We are re-defining our Competence Management System and this will form a key element of the new system.”