Simulator training remains the preferred choice for seafarers
The MarTID 2020 survey revealed increased simulation training being the preferred choice, with ship handling and practical on-the-job training trailing behind.
The survey for the Maritime Training Insights Database (MarTID) 2020 Training Practices Report showed training preferences resulting from the events that swept the globe following COVID-19. The increase in training budgets for vessel operators is expected to continue. However, among the respondents, 84 per cent spent less than a tenth of their operating budget on training, with roughly two-thirds spending between two and ten per cent. Compared to the previous surveys, the reported training budgets are trending upwards. Nearly 60 per cent of operators have seen an increase in their training budget over the previous year.
The report also showed an average of two thirds of maritime education and training institutions’ (METI) overall operating budget being spent on training activities and equipment, a hike of 14.5 per cent over 2019’s survey where the average was at 53.3 per cent.
Virtual vs in-class
During 2020’s survey, 84 per cent reported face-to-face in-class as the medium. This number is the result of a change in tide which took place pre-COVID-19. A good 16 per cent reduction is within the 84 per cent’s reported face-to-face training. Another reduction of 23 per cent is expected in 2021.
In contrast, 65 per cent of survey respondents reported increase usage of internet based e-learning over 2020, with another expected 84 per cent hike in 2021. One can assume the report for 2021 will be a landslide increase.
While the most common training medium was in-person classroom, only 14 per cent of seafarers reported weaning off. Between 45 and 50 per cent listed heightened simulation or e-learning on their training. Job shadowing, mentoring and coaching were the least used training methods.
“Many participants in this survey have noticed an increase in online training and expect this increase to continue,” wrote Captain John Lloyd, CEO of The Nautical Institute in his report foreword. He added there is a high level of confidence this method is cost-effective and meets the industry needs. This cost-saving is significant for those paying from their own pockets.
18 per cent of the respondents expressed preference in increased simulation training, followed by ship handling, practical on-the-job training with 8 per cent.
Maritime training will be of paramount importance to remain relevant in the industry, and complicate even further during post-pandemic recovery. Shipowners and charterers can look to Marine Online’s extensive network for a wide array of maritime training at competitive rates for their seafarers.