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June 2011 SHIPS AND SHIPPING
BIMCO (the Baltic and International Maritime Council) has
linked with maritime multi-media training provider Videotel
Marine International to produce and launch a brand new
BIMCO eLearning Diploma Programme (BeDP).
In a ground-breaking venture, experienced training provider
Videotel has developed a learning management system
comprising a highly-focused, web-based, e-learning package to
deliver the new diploma programme.
As the largest of the international shipping associations,
BIMCO believes the demand for effective training and education
within the maritime industry has never been greater and will
continue to grow. Videotel's web-based e-learning technology
makes it possible to deliver this knowledge in a practical and
affordable way to the employees of BIMCO members, wherever
they are in the world.
Torben Skaanild, BIMCO Secretary General, explained: "The
new programme will enable students to build on their
knowledge, acquire increased professional competencies and
ongoing personal development at their own time and in their
"It is a new and exciting educational tool which will deliver
the best possible lectures, covering all aspects of the
contemporary maritime industry," he noted.
Using the new programme, maritime students will be able to
access training provided by online specialist experts and tutors
carefully selected by BIMCO from the shipping world. The
diploma course will be aimed at students and young people
entering a trainee or internship programme, staff from shipping
companies, agents, brokers, banks and other financial
institutions, legal firms, insurance companies or government
organisations wishing to learn more about the shipping industry.
It will be offered at competitive prices, with discounts being
applied to employees of BIMCO member companies.
In addition, the BeDP will also benefit shipping practitioners
wishing to refresh and revise their shipping knowledge and, of
equal importance, seafarers wanting to broaden their
knowledge. It will be backed-up by online forums and
workshops, also providing networking opportunities for young
The web-based training brings together content, curriculum,
quizzes and examinations, putting them at the student's
fingertips. Online course meetings are held at designated times
with tutors providing targeted guidance and instruction.
Training onsite via e-learning does away with classroom costs,
travel and hotel expenses, making training that much more
affordable. Each training module represents approximately three
months' training -- about 30-40 study hours -- followed by a
final, written examination leading to the award of a BIMCO
Certificate. Four certificates can be combined to achieve the
The BeDP course work will be rolled out to Videotel client
vessels via its unique comprehensive onboard computer training
system, Videotel on Demand (VOD), which also carries over 350
CBT interactives, videos and courses, in readiness for enrolling to
the BDP once the seafarer disembarks his or her vessel.
Nigel D. Cleave, Chief Executive of Videotel, said: "This is
truly a marvellous opportunity for us to work with an industry
leader in the field of maritime education. Our distance-learning
concept is ideally suited to delivering the BIMCO Diploma course
in a flexible and user-friendly way which allows students to
integrate their education with their professional and private lives.
We are delighted with the quality and content of the BIMCO
training package and look forward to its widespread use
throughout the maritime sector."
Mr Skaanild added: "The BeDP marks a new and exciting
development in BIMCO's training and educational mission,
offering the most up-to-date technology to Members' employees
and facilitating the transfer of knowledge to all corners of the
planet without costly and extensive travelling.
For further information contact:
The Converteam and Rolls-Royce
consortium has been awarded a
contract from STX Europe to supply
Mermaid podded electric propulsion
systems for 'Europa 2', Hapag-Lloyd
Cruises new luxury cruise ship. The
vessel, to be built in Saint-Nazaire,
France and delivered in 2013, will
complement the famous Europa
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises fleet.
The Mermaid propulsion solution is
the result of a close cooperation between
Rolls-Royce and Converteam. It combines
Mermaid optimised hydrodynamic
performance with the PWM converter
latest technology offering high reliability,
robustness, compactness and low noise
and vibration levels.
'Europa 2' ship will be equipped with
two Mermaid pods, each fitted with
7.25MW synchronous motors fed by
PWM MV7000 converters. The motors
will be manufactured at the Converteam
plant in Nancy, France and the power
converters at the Converteam drive
manufacturing plant in Massy, France.
Mermaid mechanical and hydraulic parts
will be manufactured by Rolls-Royce in
Kristinehamn, Sweden and the final pod
assembly and tests will be performed in
Nancy in Spring 2012.
Converteam and Rolls-Royce are
delighted to work for the first time with
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises and to design a high
performance podded propulsion solution
for their high standard luxury cruise ship.
Loïc Leclere, Marine Technical Director
at Converteam, underlined the technical
advancements and benefits of the PWM
based Mermaid solution: "Converteam's
PWM MV7000 drives using the press-pack
IGBT technology have allowed a new step
forward in pod propulsion," and stated that,
"This new Mermaid order, which follows
the one for the French Navy Dixmude LHD,
confirms Converteam and Rolls-Royce joint
leadership in pod systems with sustained
focus on efficiency and availability."
For further information contact:
Torben Skaanild, BIMCO Secretary General
BIMCO and Videotel eLearning in training link
Hapag-Lloyd Cruises vessel 'Europa' will be
joined next year by 'Europa 2', complete with
Mermaid pod propulsion
Converteam and Rolls-Royce to equip new Hapag-Lloyd luxury cruise ship
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