Hamburg-headquartered Danica Crewing Specialists and the Norwegian Training Center (NTC) in the Phillippines are to offer a portfolio of 36 online courses for seafarers in Eastern Europe. The courses are aimed at strengthening seafarers’ competency in a range of disciplines to improve performance at sea. The online courses save time and money for shipping companies and their employees whilst avoiding practical issues including travel restrictions and quarantine rules.
The companies are also offering a course in mental health management, supplemented by psychological first aid for those experiencing mental health issues. This has been an issue of mounting concern as many thousands of seafarers have worked far beyond their planned tours of duty whilst others have been stuck at home, earning no money, as a result of the pandemic.
“In this challenging time, particularly for our seafarers, the shipping industry remains to be the lifeblood of world trade,” said Erlend Grimstad, managing director of the NTC. “We are determined to serve the industry as best as can via our quality online courses. Our portfolio covers a large online offering which aims to deliver exactly what we have been doing before, while keeping the operation safer, more secure, and more effective. We are here to help you enhance your safety on board the vessels and increase your operational efficiency while improving life on board for the seafarers.”
Henrik Jansen, managing director or Danica Crewing Specialists, commented: “We are delighted to continue to assist our clients and seafarers in their competency development by offering high-quality online training courses in an even more efficient, flexible and cost-effective way than traditional classroom-based learning.”