ABB has developed a new Blended Learning programme to provide training to users of Azipod propulsion systems and assist them in optimising the operational performance of onboard equipment.
The new programme combines traditional classroom training with instructor-led lessons via conference call, assignments and e-learning available on the ABB Marine Academy digital learning platform, as well as remote simulator training, developed with support from the Aboa Mare Maritime Academy and Training Center in Turku, Finland.
“Our customers require Azipod propulsion training before crew go on board to ensure competence and that equipment is used most efficiently, and fully maintained during longer voyages where ships cannot be easily reached by engineers,” said Jimi Lipponen, Manager, Global Marine Academy, ABB Marine & Ports.
“As travel restrictions persist, we are sure owners, operators and ship managers will recognise the value of time-efficient training that allows crews to learn in safety and comfort.”
The crew selected for PONANT’s new polar explorer, Le Commandant Charcot, was the first group to complete the Blended Learning programme. The vessel is expected to enter service later this year as the French company gears up for a return to normal cruising operations across its fleet following pandemic restrictions.
Training was delivered to the vessel’s crew members as they sat out a quarantine period in a Finnish hotel between two mandatory Covid-19 tests. The Blended Learning programme fulfilled PONANT’s requirement for relevant deck officers and engineers to be fully trained for Azipod propulsion duties on board a ship destined for polar operations.
“For PONANT, choosing the Blended Learning approach meant that deck officers and engineers completed parts of their essential training despite the challenges posed by the pandemic, in the safety and comfort of a hotel room,” said Mathieu Petiteau, PONANT Newbuilding Director.
Initially developed for icegoing ships, including commercial tonnage, the new ABB Marine Academy Blended Learning programme will be rolled out across cruise and other vessel sectors later this year.