Aims and intended learning outcomes
The course learning outcomes could also be summarised as follows:
- Much greater understanding of the world of ships;
- Better understanding of how a ship works;
- Been introduced to some aspects of life on board a merchant vessel;
- An appreciation of issues relating to the safe storage of cargo and hazards of shipping cargo on the weather deck;
- An overview of the handling and navigational issues of ships;
- Good background knowledge of grain handling and storage facilities;
- An awareness of the risks involved in storage of different types of cargo;
- An appreciation of the problems associated with large bulk carriers;
- An overview of dry docks and their operation;
- Been introduced to specific issues relating to smaller vessels and navigational matters.
The course is presented by experienced Marine Surveyors and follows a structure that is varied and interesting and designed to keep the attendees interested. The course takes place on the docks, on vessels and inside quayside facilities. The course is not presented in a classroom environment. As there are only a small number of people attending the presentation is intimate and encourages delegate involvement. The course facilitators are ready to answer all manner of questions posed with regards to the world of ships.
Administration arrangements and support services
A single member of staff arranges all of the courses with delegates only needing to find their own way to the hotel. From then on the needs of each delegate are fully catered for with the cost of the course including full accommodation, meals, a spending allowance for free time and all necessary hi-vis & personal protective equipment (PPE) including safety boots, goggles and ear and hand protection.
The course aims could therefore be summarised as follows:
The course content is very relevant to the work of the shipping professional in so much as it provides practical hands-on experience. It is set at the correct level for the delegates as we always establish what each individual attendee’s level of expertise is. If a particular attendee is working on a particular case and requires to learn something specific regarding one aspect of a ship’s operation then we endeavour to ensure that need is met.
The content is concise without being too technical. The content is designed to give an overview of many different aspects of ships, their operations, the cargoes they carry and problems that may be encountered with those cargoes.
There are approximately 20 hours of learning associated with the course and even ‘after hours’ meetings at lunch and dinner (where delegates get to meet other surveyors) includes stories and anecdotes that delegates will find useful in their chosen careers.
The course is designed to be informal yet informative. As such there is no official course material provided to attending delegates. This is a hands-on experience with delegates taking away much more than words or pictures could possibly begin to describe.