Seagull launches two new teaching tools covering blackouts

Malcolm Latarche

Malcolm Latarche · 22 March 2019

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Norwegian marine training specialist Seagull has introduced two new products – an e-learning module and a video – dealing with the subject of power blackouts.

A blackout is when complete failure of electrical power brings the ship to a standstill. If the crew is not prepared to act quickly and efficiently, the consequences can be fatal. Despite modern automation, there are still circumstances that can bring about a sudden and complete loss of electrical power. Crew must be prepared to deal quickly with this situation and restore power.

In most cases loss of electrical power also leads to a loss of propulsion which can cause contact, collision or grounding. The further consequences of this can be injuries or fatalities, pollution, or disruption to cargo schedules. As a result, there can be substantial claims and further costs. These can be anything from hundreds to thousands of dollars.

Seagull’s new e-learning module #0460, Engine room emergencies - Recovery from a blackout, aims to prepare the learner to take the correct actions in the event of an unexpected complete loss of electrical power (blackout) and to encourage them to think about the specific actions needed for this on their ship.

The main aim of this e-learning module is to prepare the learner to take the correct actions in the event of an unexpected complete loss of electrical power (blackout) and to encourage them to think about the specific actions needed for this on their ship. It is presented in the English language and should take only around 13 minutes to complete. It details the initial actions to be taken, how to maintain communications during the blackout, the importance of procedures and teamwork and identifies the generic steps needed to recover from a blackout situation. The video #2440, has the same title and aims as the module is 13 minutes long but is intended to be used in group training where a 30-minute discussion period would normally be allowed for.

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