Bimco And Videotel In E-Learning And Training Link-Up

April 1, 2011 12:00 am

1 April 2011

BIMCO (the Baltic and International Maritime Council) has linked up with leading maritime multimedia 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 of 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, explains: “The new programme will enable
students to build on their knowledge, acquire increased professional competencies and
ongoing personal development at their own time and place. . It is a new and exciting
educational tool which will deliver the best possible lectures, covering all aspects of the
contemporary maritime industry.”

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 shipping professionals.

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 elearning
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 BIMCO Diploma.
The BeDP course work will be rolled out to Videotel client vessels via its unique
comprehensive on board 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, says: “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

Mr Skaanild adds: “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.