Simwave Newsletter March 2022

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Message from our CEO

Spring started, the sun is shining and we all started to travel again. I look very much forward to visit NOR Shipping early April (4-7) and Seatrade Cruise Global in Miami end April (25-28). Shipping communities come together again and we are excited to discuss about training and assessment programs.

In the first quarter 2022 we see a sharp increase in trainings and we are very happy to see Simwave offers more and different training, both onside and online. This month we started with stability training (NAPA software), more LNG and high voltage training as well as more online training. In the newsletter we will highlight one online training every month and this week we would like to highlight Fatigue and Stress. In order to create a better and safer workplace organisations need to understand how crew members feel and improve wellbeing. Next month we will launch a cooperation with Scoutbase which offers a great software solution in collecting and analysing data of seafarers. On our side we will make more training available on mental health through our learning management system. To overall aim is to working on Human Sustainability with partners!

In this newsletter you learn more about High Voltage training, online training and we introduce a new colleague again. As well as we highlight our some posts on our social media channels, among LinkedIn and our open training agenda.

Enjoy reading and when you have a question feel free to contact us!

Marcel Kind
CEO & Founder

What is the optimal safe behaviour bandwidth?

‘Accidental high voltage shock led to fatal injury’ or similar is a very sad heading of one of many incident reports or news items in the past and unfortunately could be one at present and in the future as well. 

The first question after reading is how this could happen in the present era of ‘safety first’. In what way did the barriers in the ‘Swiss cheese model’ fail or were there perhaps no barriers at all? Was a Job Risk Assessment made? Were the permits in place?  

Next question is how we can avoid this accident to happen again? Do we need new procedures, more PPEs or what? How much procedures do we need actually to remain safe? Can we make sufficient procedures and instructions to exclude any incident and thus put us at ease? 

Or do we need to work on the safe behaviour of the people involved in high-risk jobs? When is it safe? What bandwidth do we allow them? What is the optimal bandwidth actually? Too many procedures could result in a situation where people could get a feeling of being safe without thinking. Too less procedures could lead to unrestrictive freedom of handling. 

Without knowing the correct answer on this question, at Simwave we strive in all our courses to achieve an optimum in knowledge, skills, and attitude. That does apply in particularly to our High Voltage Advanced course. High Voltage related competences in the STCW-Code Tables are merely focussed on carrying out operations in accordance with manuals, rules, and procedures and of course there is nothing wrong with that. On the contrary, to have a good safety structure in place is definitively a must. But these are the boundaries, and we also need to pay attention to the safety behaviour within the bandwidth between these boundaries no matter how broad it is. And that means creating a good safety culture in which people are thinking, asking questions, speak up loudly and dare to say no when something is not safe.

Therefore, we put a lot of attention to the non-technical skills like communication, situational awareness, and decision-making methods. So, besides the structure part, in our High Voltage Advanced course the culture part is of utmost importance. Not only the theory but much more exercising to achieve a safe human behaviour in order to stay safe between the boundaries of the paperwork.

Fatigue & Stress – Online training

In 1993 as part of an elementary training programme, Gordon Dupont developed the Dirty Dozen – the 12 most common factors that could lead to accidents or incidents in the aviation industry. It was later adapted to the maritime industry.
What is consistently shown in the 12 most common conditions, is that most accidents or incidents contain the human element and as part of the human element, fatigue is considered one of the significant factors.
In our newest online course in our Simwave Academy, we focus on fatigue and stress and how they reinforce each other. Unfortunately, both are unavoidable issues in the maritime industry – with round-the-clock schedules, long-stays at sea, and the need for constant diligence and awareness in the operation.
We aim to provide our students with enough foundational knowledge to make them more aware of the causes of fatigue and stress, signs, and symptoms and what can be done to reduce the effects or prevent it altogether, creating a stronger safety net at sea.

Introduction Julong Dijkstal

Last year in April 2021 Julong Dijkstal joined our development team as a User Experience Designer. Helping businesses to imagine, design and build digital products and experiences that people love to use, is what makes him happy. He says: “In a nutshell: I’m ‘curious about people and their relationship with things’.”   

He is an external employee working via Clutch, a design agency based in Amsterdam. Previously he did projects for both other scale-ups and big corporations, Eight, Nexxt, Vattenfall, and PostNL to name a few. Last year he was selected as one of the 500 most ambitious youngsters in the Dutch digital landscape. 
As part of our development team he is involved in both research, design, and development of our learning management system. His specialisation is to create simple and engaging solutions for complex design problems. By creating intuitive solutions that attract, intrigue, and delight people he strives to make the user experience of Simwave Academy a little better each day. 
His hobbies include running, weight-lifting, bouldering, coaching upcoming designers, and cooking. On weekends he enjoys sharing a meal or having a drink with family and friends.

Open enrolments

On our website we offer a range of open courses. These courses will be extended in the coming period. The open courses that we are offering at the moment are LNG introduction for shoreside personnelPolar & Ice Navigation (Polar & Ice Navigation Basic now also online!) , DP Familiarization CourseSTS operationsNavigation Assessor CourseIGF course.

Please have a look at our open courses.

In our Learning Management System we also offer a lot of different courses. If you would like to know more please contact us

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