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Introduction

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 can track their seafarers' knowledge and keep up-to-date records of familiarization training in compliance with the STCW Convention, environmental regulations and the company's safety management system requirements under the ISM Code.

All e-Learning tools and aids are free of charge to Club Members. The following programs are available to Members via the website: https://secure.idessonline.com/americanclub/facility

The Club's e-Learning tools were developed in cooperation with the International Development and Environmental Shipping School Interactive Technologies, Inc. (IDESS IT, Inc.) in Subic Bay, Philippines. For non-Members, these tools are available for purchase from IDESS IT, Inc. via their website at http://www.idessinteractive.com



Getting Started

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.

This is done by checking the tick box "Administration/Training Records" and thereafter clicking the "Super Administrator" in the drop down box entitled "ACCESS LEVEL". A hyperlink will appear just below the request for registration as "First Time User? Click here to register."



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.

The portable hard drive can be purchased by visiting:
https://secure.idessonline.com/americanclub/elearning/orderform/ It should be noted that the Club's IT provider of this facility, IDESS I.T., attaches certain warranties to the provision of the portable hard drive, the details of which will be communicated to acquirers of the offline system on the purchase thereof.

 



Training Tools Currently Available for Members & their Crews


Stranger on the Bridge: Marine Pilotage

 

Stranger on the Bridge

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.

The program is also available in a DVD format which can be shipped to Members upon request.



Clean Seas: Complying with MARPOL 73/78

 

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:

  • Annex I – oil pollution;
  • Annex II – noxious liquid substances carried in bulk;
  • Annex III – harmful substances carried in packaged form;
  • Annex IV – garbage; and
  • Annex V – sewage.


The final module for Annex VI (air pollution) is under development.

Clean Seas: Complying with MARPOL 73/78 was developed, in part, as a response to the pervasive concerns of the international community as to the protection of the marine environment. Although claims in regard to environmental damage have reduced in frequency in recent years, the cost of individual claims has not diminished. Moreover, the potential for owners and their crews to be subject to criminal and civil suits has also increased in many jurisdictions around the world.



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

 

The Case of the Silent AssassinWe 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.

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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.