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Hidden benefit of classroom training

In the marine and offshore industries safety is paramount no matter what type of vessel you work on.
Designated Ship Safety Officers are given the task of ensuring ship safety plans are adhered to and the very highest safety standards are delivered.
Northern Marine Manning Services recently conducted its Shipboard Safety Officer course at its training centre in Clydebank, Glasgow.
The 3 day course is intended to meet the requirements set out in the Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) Regulations 1997 (SI 1997 No. 2962) (the Regulations) and the Code of Safe Working Practice for Merchant Seafarers (CoSWP).
On completion of the course, trainees will have sufficient knowledge and understanding to enable them to carry out the role of a ship’s Safety Officer; perform risk assessment and accident reporting; execute safety audits and inspections and create a safety culture aboard their vessel.
While the course has a comprehensive content package, delivered by highly experienced trainers, there is a hidden benefit which is not listed in the prospectus.
Fraser Matthew, Chief Officer, recently underwent the Shipboard Safety Course.
Fraser believes there is a major advantage in discussing ship safety with those who work on different types of vessels.
He said: “The priority of safety is always the same, no matter what type of ship you work on. However the regular areas of safety you look at closely may be different from someone on a different type of vessel.
“For us who work on a ferry, we have the constant consideration of passengers. Whereas those who work on a tanker will not have this concern. As there is a mix of experienced tanker and ferry professionals in the classroom with you, there is a range of different thinking.
“Any training course could be an opportunity to come together and share ideas. You can learn a lot out-with the course content and I think this is very valuable.”
Officers from oil and LNG tankers offered Fraser an insight into their working safety practices while Fraser, who has spent his career at sea on passenger ferries, gave a RoPax officer’s perspective.
Fraser added: “Your thinking can get isolated into your specific industry, in my case passenger ferry ships.
“When you are on-board you do what you need to do, and what’s meant to be done. Whereas on a training course you can perhaps question processes and ask is that the most effective way?
“Things that are high priority on a tanker are not necessarily as high a priority on a passenger ship and by communicating these different trains of thought during these lessons it makes you think of other areas and broadens your horizons.”
Drew Strannigan, NMMS Head of Training, conducted the Shipboard Safety Officer class.
He said: “It is beneficial to our trainees’ learning that they share best practice in the classroom environment. Having a qualified and experienced trainer present provides an opportunity to evaluate these experiences and highlight the strengths and weaknesses in how they conducted themselves in those situations.
“When it comes to safety there is no compromise. And by constantly sharing experiences we can better prepare for potential situations during which a Safety Officer will be expected to perform their duties effectively and efficiently.”
For more information on NMMS Shipboard Safety officer Course and other courses, please visit

Northern Marine Group
Alba House
2 Central Avenue
G81 2QR
Scotland, UK

Tel +44 141 876 3000