Education & Training Tools
The Club's e-Learning tools are specifically designed to be "user friendly" for seafarers and office personnel on relevant safety and environmental protection related topics. All modules are accessible wherever there is a connection to the Internet, or through the shipboard Plug and Play system, thus making it easy and convenient for seafarers to study the subject matter before they join their ships. The system also includes a secure online testing facility.
Members should access the website https://secure.idessonline.com/americanclub/facility. At this point, Members are requested to verify that they have Super Administrator access for the Member's account. This information is passed on to the Club for verification before the Super Administrator's account can be activated and the Member will be notified via email of their account information as provided.
Plug-and Play for Shipboard Training
For Members who would like the option of training aboard ship or at those locations where there is no broadband connection to the Internet, there is the option of using the "Plug and Play" (PnP) system. The PnP system is more convenient for seafarers to access the learning modules onboard ship. Members can still track their seafarers' knowledge as the off-line system has a facility to export results and update records in the online server.
Training Tools Currently Available for Members & their Crews
Stranger on the Bridge: Marine Pilotage
Stranger on the Bridge is aimed at enhancing the awareness of seafarers on bridge resource management while a pilot is aboard ship. The case studies focus on the responsibilities of deck crew, and the limitations of over-reliance on marine pilotage, in preventing accidents. It comprises three case studies which highlight the challenges in ensuring proper command and communication between pilot and crew. This tool is available to Members in three languages, English, Chinese and Russian.
Clean Seas: Complying with MARPOL 73/78
Clean Seas: Complying with MARPOL 73/78 have developed a series of web-based e-learning modules designed to familiarize seafarers with the six annexes to the MARPOL Convention. To date, five modules have been completed as follows:
Vessel General Permit (VGP) and Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP)
As of 19 December 2013, vessels must comply with provisions as set forth by the US Clean Water Act for vessels operating within US waters which prohibits the discharge of any pollutant to waters of the United States from any point source without a National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit. There are two training modules available to Members related to the Vessel General Permit (VGP) and the Small Vessel General Permit (sVGP).
The VGP training module provides an overview of requirements and applies to discharges incidental to the normal operations of non-recreational vessels of 79 feet or greater in length.
The sVGP training module provides a similar overview of compliance requirements applicable to discharge incidental to the normal operations of non-recreational vessels of less than 79 feet in length.
Entry Into Enclosed Spaces
We reiterate that seafarers and shipowners alike need to be diligently aware of the tragic circumstances surrounding deaths occurring on board ship as a result of entry into enclosed spaces and to reinforce the awareness about this deadly hazard. There are two case study modules related to the potentially fatal hazards associated with entry into enclosed spaces onboard ship.
The first is The Case of the Silent Assassin which highlights the dangers of entry into enclosed spaces onboard tank ships. The second case is The Case of the Invisible Assassin, which highlights on the dangers associated with this entry into enclosed spaces onboard bulk carriers.
International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code
The aim of the e-learning module on the International Maritime Solid Bulk Cargoes (IMSBC) Code, is to introduce the details of this mandatory Code that promotes the safe carriage of solid bulk cargoes. Particular attention is paid to company and shipboard compliance with the Code for cargoes that may liquefy or possess a chemical hazard that could give rise to a dangerous situation on a ship.
Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code)
The module covers compliance with the Code of Practice for the Safe Loading and Unloading of Bulk Carriers (BLU Code). Its aim is to familiarize Members and their crew with the Code's requirements in regard to bulk carriers, terminal operators and other parties concerned with the safe handling, loading and unloading of solid bulk cargoes. The contents of the module are also linked to regulation VI/7 of the 1974 SOLAS Convention, as amended by resolution MSC.47(66).