$30m investment for maritime eLearning systems

Investment firm Oakley Capital has pledged to inject $30 million into the development of maritime e-Learning systems over the next five years as it begins the integration of its new acquisitions, Seagull and Videotel.

The combined group already serves more than 20,000 vessels with a variety of training products, with customers of the respective companies to shortly be given direct access to selected content from the other provider’s platform, particularly on training related to Seafarer Mental Health and Resilience.

Management teams from both companies are currently in the process of selecting a number of additional topic areas in which they will collaborate to expand the services available to ther customers, the partners said.

More than $30 Million has been committed over the next five years on new courses and technologies for the group, including re-imagined courseware delivered on a consumer-led platform to any device, using technologies like micro-learning, gamification, and virtual and augmented reality.

“By working together rather than making our individual versions of the same topics, we believe we can add more of the things our learners enjoy such as high-end video, animation and greater interactivity,” said Roger Ringstad, Managing Director Seagull Maritime AS.

Raal Harris, Managing Director at Videotel, also commented: “Our customers want access to the most effective learning they can find. Something that makes a difference to their safety and operational efficiency of their organisation. In pooling our efforts and making our budgets go further, we can offer a richer experience at an affordable price point.”

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