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Seafarer online competency assessment platform launched

Mon 30 Jul 2018 by Martyn Wingrove

Seafarer online competency assessment platform launched
Mark Woodhead: "Task-based competency provides a flexible platform for customers to digitise their own task books" (credit: Riviera Maritime Media)

Shipowners, managers and operators can use a new online assessment tool to ensure their crew are competent and meet knowledge standards.

KVH Videotel has introduced a task-based competency feature to its performance management software.

This new Videotel Performance Manager feature provides a structure for task-based competency assessments of seafarers, enabling managers to evaluate their skills and knowledge and to monitor their progress as they develop these skills further.

This feature is based around the established maritime concept of taskbooks, which seafarers are already familiar with, said KVH senior vice president for EMEA Mark Woodhead. Leading owners and managers of tankers and gas carriers are already using task-based competency to improve seafarer performance and assessments.

Seafarers can use this tool to evaluate their own training requirements and focus on improvements for career development, said Mr Woodhead. Owners and managers can use this to identify where further training is required and who would be a candidate for promotion.

“Developed in partnership with the industry, task-based competency provides a flexible platform for customers to digitise their own taskbooks,” said Mr Woodhead.

Key features of task-based competency include:

  • Provides, or aids creating, core task-based competencies applicable to various vessel types.
  • Enables ship operators to add pre-existing taskbooks to the platform or create new ones.
  • Suggests resources, including KVH Videotel training content, to aid better preparation.
  • Provides integrated software for assessors and candidates to view, plan, and record assessments.
  • Provides intuitive and powerful reports to identify high performers.

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