KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd, a leading provider of integrated marine solutions, and SeaWays Global, a global leader in tugmaster and pilot training, have announced a strategic partnering agreement. With this new partnership, KASI Sdn Bhd customers will gain access to the only tug master training program accredited by the ClassNK Accreditation Society.
The companies identified an opportunity to bring their complementary expertise and technologies together. Under the terms of the agreement, SeaWays Global will train Tug Masters and Pilots through their module based training manuals. SeaWays Global will also bring their expanding library of eLearning lessons available to all trainees of which there are over 40 lessons.
“We are very excited about this partnership with KASI as we continue to help towage companies maximize the value of the tugs through competency based Class accredited training. Our expansion to the Asian market is something we have been working towards for a while and we feel we have found our ideal partner with KASI” said Steve Sandy, Managing Director, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Interview with Capt. Bo Caspersen, General Manager of KASI
Capt. Bo Caspersen, General Manager, KASI Center for Maritime Simulation, kindly shared his views and perspective on the KASI and SeaWays Global partnership and simulation-based training.
- KASI and SeaWays Global have announced a strategic cooperation agreement. What does this mean for your business and your clients?
We see a need for proper tug master training in our region. Despite the huge amount of training centers in APAC, the majority have STCW training as their core business and do not offer high end training. There is only a handful that have decent tug simulators and even fewer that offer proper accredited training.
- What to expect from this partnership?
We expect quite a lot; next month we are signing a training deal for one of the biggest ports here for training of all their tug masters and we will market this aggressively in the months to come. KASI Malaysia Sdn Bhd opens a new big training centre in Pacific City, Kota Kinabalu in 12 months and we already have one more full mission tug simulator planned.
We understand that it takes an effort to get port operators and tug companies to appreciate and see this as an investment not just a cost. Fewer incidents, increased safety, possibility of lowering insurance premiums combined with lower fuel consumption as a result of better “driving skills” makes this a no brainer really.
- Why did you choose SeaWays Global as a partner? What was the most important for you when choosing a training provider?
I have known about SeaWays training since they started. The package they offer is the only Class accredited tug master training available. From my previous work with Transas and ClassNK I am well aware of the amount of work that has gone into refining, not only the training syllabus, but also the simulation software. The fact that the training is designed to be audited makes it attractive to local maritime authorities as well. The level of expertise and experience of all their Trainers are second to none.
Without realistic ship/tug interaction, propeller wash effects, hull, skeg and nozzle influence on tug behavior etc. there would be no point in using a simulator. Plenty of players in the industry claim they have this but only Transas has taken it to the level we need.
What SeaWays Global offer goes very much hand in hand with the other services KASI provides. Our core simulation business is port feasibility studies, marine traffic risk assessment and specialized training. SeaWays Global is the first of several strategic partnerships we will make to be able to offer high level products in the region.
- Why do you think the simulation-based training is important? What are the main benefits of such training for your clients and industry itself?
In the real world, you have to deal with whatever weather or job at hand on any given day. In the simulator, everything is controlled and the training is structured specifically to uncover whether a trainee has the necessary abilities to acquire the skill set required to drive a complicated machine like e.g. an ASD tug.
The industry have failed to invest in training, the evolution of tugs over the last 20 years has been really fast. Most National Maritime Authorities still look at tugs as just “small boats” and fail to implement mandatory training and certification. A form of ‘type rating” should be implemented, unfortunately we still see plenty of incidents and loss of life involving tugs.
The benefits for our clients are obvious but in the maritime industry it is always hard to sell non-mandatory training. Mariners need so many certificates that the non-mandatory ones are always at the bottom of the pile on any Superintendent’s desk.