Global marine technology company, Kongsberg Maritime has reported a “significant increase” in the number of delegates partaking in its training courses.
According to Kongsberg, from 2013 to 2014, delegates rose by 26%, and there was also a 36% increase in courses delivered from its training centre in Westhill, Aberdeen.
The company looks to continue the success with the launch of its new Dynamic Positioning (DP) Introduction course, which has been re-introduced in response to new industry guidelines. The DP Introduction course, which follows the recommendations contained in The International Marine Contractors Association (IMCA) guidelines, is designed for onshore and offshore personnel who require a greater understanding of DP and how it can impact their role to support or manage safe and efficient DP vessel operations.
Utilising its position as a manufacturer of DP technology, the company’s training centre provides specialist training on its suite of products from DP Maintenance to Advanced DP Operator. The centre encompasses an advanced vessel simulator and specialist individual consoles to provide realistic training scenarios, which are used extensively throughout the course, Kongsberg said in the release.
Euan Duncan, training manager at Kongsberg Maritime, said: “We are continually developing our training portfolio in response to industry demand and we believe that our knowledge, reputation and expertly taught courses have each contributed to the strong year on year increase of delegates and courses delivered.
“The DP Introduction course concentrates on the layout of a DP system and its operational uses along with DP regulations and guidance. On completion, the programme gives delegates an awareness and understanding of DP, leaving them better equipped to tackle maritime-based challenges, allowing them to enhance their skills, and make a tangible contribution to the skills base of their team.”
Ahead of the official launch, the course was delivered on a pilot scheme basis, feedback and recommendations were given from those using the learning outcomes first hand.
Dave Marsh, course delegate and dive supervisor at Bibby Offshore, said: “The content vastly improved my knowledge of all systems we currently use, as well as some interesting history of the development of DP. The practical exercises were very informative and gave me a much better appreciation of the DPO’s job.”