The approval of the company’s certification management training (CMT) solutions allows ship owners to keep crew certificates up to date while at sea, cutting the number of days needed for land-based training from as many as nine to just one.
VIKING Saatsea has received approval from the Danish Maritime Association (DMA), paving the way to other flag-state approvals over the months to come.
As ship owners look for solutions to handle the demands of STCW re-certification under new SOLAS rules for commercial vessels, which come into force on the 1st of January 2017, VIKING Saatsea’s onboard CMT solution is accessible both online and offline when there is no current connection, making them more practical and convenient than land-based training. They also offer faster, real-time access to up-to-date documentation for administrators.
To date, VIKING Saatsea is the only provider to offer such a solution and receive DMA’s flag state approval.
The company has received flag state approval for the STCW courses Personal Survival Techniques (PST) (STCW Reg VI/1 Code A-VI/1 Table A-VI/1-1), and Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (FPFF) (STCW Reg VI/1 Code A-VI/1 Table A-VI/1-2). These two courses can take several days of onshore training to complete. Now it is possible to complete most of the training onboard.
VIKING Saatsea says that the underlying software platform can also be used for company specific in-house training and certification applications.
VIKING Saatsea’s CEO, Kim Baarsøe, is confident that the recently granted approval will benefit ship owners all over the world. “In the relatively short time our product has been on the market, we have learned a great deal about the key issues and, in particular, about what it takes to build a best practice CMT solution. And we see this first flag state approval as a confirmation that our solution is just what shipowners have been longing for.”