Increase of mandatory training for NIS registered vessels
There has been a positive trend for the Norwegian International Ship (NIS) register over the past 3 years, with more shipowners registering their vessels back to Norwegian flag. According to Olav Akselsen, Director of the Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA), ‘more than 230 vessels have been registered in NIS since 2014, most of them coming back to Norwegian flag due to changed operational terms for the owners’. "It is also positive for Seagull that more vessels than before are flagging back into NIS," stated Roger Ringstad, Managing Director of Seagull Maritime AS. Roger added: "We have been delivering courses on Norwegian Maritime Rules & Regulation as well as Safety, Health and the Environment for more than a decade, and the quality of these courses are almost unmatched in the market. The approval by Norwegian Maritime Authority (NMA) for our Norwegian Maritime Rules and Regulation as onboard course in March 2017 has given us further advantage. Customers are finding the flexibility of the onboard course solution to be extremely convenient for their officers, and we see it is a preferred method for completing the course." For all non-Norwegian Masters serving onboard a NIS or NOR registered vessel, it is a requirement to undertake approved training in Norwegian Maritime Rules and Regulations. Norwegian flag State also requires that the safety and environmental work onboard is organised and implemented in a safe and proper manner. The Master must ensure that safety representatives are elected and that a work environment committee is established. Safety representatives and other members of the working environment committee must also have appropriate training. Seagull’s onboard course solutions for Norwegian Maritime Rules and Regulations and Safety, Health and Environment are high quality courses that save you time and money when completed onboard. Feedback on these courses also implicates that doing the course on the vessel makes them much more relevant, as it makes the crew more aware of the environment and surroundings onboard their own vessel.