I am always in favour of any steps taken to improve safety of life at sea and I feel that the recent launch of the first in a series of educational and informative, reflective-learning training videos by the UK P&I Club (a leading provider of P&I insurance and other services to the international shipping community) is a very practical and positive step.
The videos, which will be released on a bi-monthly basis, will provide an interactive training experience with a focus on educating crew members on common marine accidents and how to prevent them in future using real-life examples.
The first of the Lessons Learnt videos, Death of a Bosun, tells the tragic story of a bosun who died during a routine lifeboat drill. The accident occurs due to miscommunication between staff, faulty safety devices and unclear instructions. The videos feature solutions and thought-provoking, preventative strategies to mitigate the risk of accidents like those portrayed happening again. The video series will focus on a wide variety of P&I risks including personal injury, pollution, cargo claims and navigation incidents.
Produced by Seattle-based company, Maritime Training Services (MTS), each video will last between three to five minutes and feature easily recognisable situations on board ship. Hosted across Thomas Miller websites, including UK P&I, as well as its YouTube and Vimeo platforms, the videos will be available to view for training purposes by both marine employers and their employees.