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New crew training courses to tackle competence concerns


Two of the shipping industry's leading training providers have joined forces to raise standards in crew agency by creating a unique international qualification.

Responding to widespread concern over the competence of outsourced seafarers, Lloyd's Maritime Academy and the UK's National Sea Training Centre have launched a distance-learning course leading to a Diploma in Crew Agency.

The 11-month course, now enrolling for an October 24 start, covers the key commercial and legal aspects of a fast-growing sector that is under increasing legislative pressure to provide quality manning. The course, which is supported by the International Federation of Ship Masters' Associations and The Marine Society, comprises a total of nine modules. Final marks are split 40/60% respectively between course assignments and a written exam in September 2007, either in London or a locally agreed venue. Two optional seminars will also be held in London, included in the course fee of £2,350 (VAT exempt).

Full details are available via www.lloydsmaritimeacademy.com/ca