Category Archives: Bridge Resource Management

Azalea Maritime uses MRM to its full potential

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Why separate people in training who work together on board? We don’t think that’s a good idea and this is in fact the main reason we moved from the “old” term Bridge Resource Management (BRM) to Maritime Resource Management (MRM) long time ago now. Martin Hernqvist of ALL Academy, who personally was involved in the development of the first ever BRM course in the early 1990s, admits the term BRM was a dead end.

The benefits of bringing all people together in resource management training was clearly demonstrated by Azalea Maritime in Montenegro during an MRM course carried out in early November 2017. In an article published after the course, Azalea Maritime says:

“The approach to integrate all the resources involved in the maritime business of safe ship operation which started with the integration of the bridge, engine and cargo team into one single team, has proven to be more effective than having these teams in separate trainings.”

Furthermore; “The feedback from all parties involved (trainees, Principal representatives, etc.) was very positive. The training exceeded their expectations based on usual requirements set in resource management courses found elsewhere. All the team members had previously attended resource management training on several occasions, but never experienced the cooperation/common problem solving that all the teams achieved during this Maritime Resource Management.”

Azalea Maritime made extensive use of simulators during the MRM course. Using simulators may help in the implementation of the message of the course but is not a requirement. Click here or on the picture for the full article.

Maritime Safety Seminar for Shipping Companies in Singapore

By | Accidents and investigations, ALL Academy, Bridge Resource Management, Maritime Resource Management (MRM), Seminars/Conferences | No Comments

We were not surprised that a “maritime safety seminar for shipping companies aiming at zero insurance claims” should attract a large number of safety-oriented people in Singapore. We spent half a day at the Furama RiverFront hotel on November 7, 2016 discussing contributing factors in accidents, the impact of national and company culture, pilotage issues and how we best increase safety, efficiency and job satisfaction in our shipping companies. Many good ideas and comments came from the highly experienced participants, many of them in top management positions.

At the venue during the MRM Safety Seminar in Singapore on 07 November 2016

At the venue during the MRM Safety Seminar in Singapore on 07 November 2016.

MRM Seminar at PV Trans

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A half-day MRM seminar was carried out at PV Trans in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by ALL Academy on 4 November 2016. Mr Do Hong Phuong of PV Trans had gathered a large group of employees from different departments who participated in the seminar. The seminar was well-received and we do hope that we shall soon get the chance to meet again in Vietnam for follow-up training and discussions.

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Mr Do Hong Phuong of PV Trans gives an overview and background of the seminar.

 

A view of the entrance at PV Trans in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

A view of the entrance at PV Trans in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

Strengthening the MRM Network through User Seminars

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The first MRM User Seminar culminated successfully with 23 certified MRM Facilitators from Asia and Europe attending the event. It was an excellent opportunity to meet, discuss and network with fellow facilitators from different parts of the world. GigaMare, one of the licenced MRM Training providers in Subic Bay, Philippines, hosted the event on 26-27 October 2016. The main objectives of the event were to showcase the new MRM concept and to discuss strategies on how to move forward both with the MRM programme and the network.

An integral part of the event was the presentations and sharing of experiences by the following facilitators: Capt. Foong Yee Kuan, PSAM Academy, Capt. Caspar Graf von Spee, Harren & Partner Ship Management GmbH and Capt. Jonas Engström, Wisby Shipmanagement AB.

Capt. Peter Sars, Head of Training at Gigamare, said: “In general, I believe that all participants appreciated the various discussions we had and the opportunity to make new contacts. There was a mix of facilitators from both shipping companies and training centres and several nationalities were represented.”

He added: “The facilitators got refreshed on the basics of MRM training, i.e. why do we need MRM training. Even though unmanned ships will be in the test phase within the next few years, the human factor will still remain on board ships for an unpredictable time. When a team is able to discuss the way they work together and find ways to improve their teamwork, then accidents can be avoided.

Training methods were discussed, tips and ideas were shared, and updates to material and content, presented by Martin, were also discussed.”

ALL Academy will continue to bring inspiring people together in forums like this and this type of event will continue to be held annually.

Michelle Samaniego from Wisby Tankers AB shared her thoughts after the event: “The MRM Facilitator meet up is very uplifting. As a non-marine facilitator, this seminar helps boost my confidence. Sharing of experiences and strategies handling the course is a good tool and support for each facilitator.

Facilitating MRM is not about teaching but sharing and learning from experience and inspiring to do and be better in order to influence and promote safe attitude.”

This event is about building a stronger network of MRM facilitators that will take the MRM programme to a new level of resource management training in reaching our goal towards safer shipping.

Capt. Peter Sars from GigaMare opened the MRM User Seminar with a welcome address.

Capt. Peter Sars from GigaMare opened the MRM User Seminar with a welcome address.

 

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Capt. Foong Yee Kuan from PSAM Academy was the first presenter to talk about the PSAM experience with MRM.

 

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Capt. Caspar Graf von Spee from Harren & Partner Ship Management GmbH presented their facilitation techniques when conducting MRM course.

 

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Capt. Jonas Engström of Wisby Shipmanagement was the third presenter who shared Wisby’s MRM experience.

 

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Ms. Michelle Samaniego of Wisby shared her personal experience as a MRM facilitator during the session.

 

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During the coffee break, participants pose for a photo opportunity.

 

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Workshop group 1.

 

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Workshop group 2.

 

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Workshop group 3.

The pioneering group from the first MRM User Seminar in Subic Bay, Philippines.

The pioneering group from the first MRM User Seminar in Subic Bay, Philippines.

Martin Hernqvist Keynotes at Seahorse International Conference

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Managing Director Martin Hernqvist was one of the keynote speakers during the Seahorse International Conference on Maritime Safety and Human Factors. The conference took place at Strathclyde University, Glasgow, United Kingdom on 21-23 September 2016.

The conference is organised as part of EU project ‘SEAHORSE’ which focuses on maritime safety through human factors and it covers all the elements of human factors including performance, wellbeing and comfort.

Martin Hernqvist (right) with Prof. Osman Turan from the University of Strathclyde who is also one of the organizers of the event.

Martin Hernqvist (right) with Prof. Osman Turan from the University of Strathclyde who is also one of the organizers of the event.

ALL Academy rolls out another MRM Train the Trainer in Hamburg

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The latest MRM train the trainer was rolled out in Hamburg, Germany on 20 September 2016. A total of 20 participants attended the event which was held at The MADISON Hotel Hamburg. The group was composed mostly of prospective MRM facilitators but there were also certified facilitators who joined the training as a refresher course.

The following are the participants:

  1. Thomasz Brancewicz – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  2. Krystian Grzybowski – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  3. Claas-Heye Diekmann – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  4. Marcin Jablonski – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  5. Piotr Konstanty – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  6. Stefan Lindberg – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  7. Phillip Ottersbach – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  8. Marc Schmidt – BRISE Bereederungs GmbH & Co. KG
  9. Kudaibergen Kassymov – BUE Kazakhstan Ltd
  10. Elvin Majidov – BUE Caspian Ltd
  11. Khadija Mammadova – BUE Caspian Ltd
  12. Vladimir Mustafayev – BUE Caspian Ltd
  13. Sofie Van Britsom – CVO Antwerpen
  14. Nathalie Vanbesien-Schiltz – De Ruyter Trainer & Consultancy BV
  15. Larysa Spiewok – DS Schiffahrt GmbH & Co. KG
  16. Joe Carr – EuroShip Services Ltd.
  17. Peter Hutchison – EuroShip Services Ltd.
  18. Norbert Büttner – Reederei NSB
  19. Torsten Iborg – Reederei NSB
  20. Evert Maandag – Vroon BV
The group from the Hamburg event watching a short video clip about shared mental picture.

The group from the Hamburg event watching a short video clip about shared mental picture.

 

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Group photo outside The MADISON Hotel Hamburg.

Aboa Mare hosts MRM Train the Trainer event in Turku

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ALL Academy jump-started the second half of 2016 with an MRM train the trainer event in Turku, Finland on 9 August 2016 just after the summer break. The event was hosted by Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre, one of our training providers based in Finland with a total of 16 participants taking part in the training. The group was composed of certified MRM facilitators who are taking the course as a refresher and we also had prospective MRM facilitators who are now certified after the event. It was also a kick-off event for the Aboa Mare lecturers to get ideas on how they can move forward with their course development.

Overall, the train the trainer event provided a venue for healthy discussions and an inspiring training atmosphere for the participants.

Several MRM training courses are planned in the coming months, including the upcoming events at Hamburg in September and at Subic Bay in October. For more information and registration details, please visit here.

Here is the list of the participants in Turku:

           Name                                 Company

  1. Jorma Koponen               ABB Marine and Ports
  2. Peter Björkroth                Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  3. Mats Enberg                    Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  4. Bertel Henriksson           Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  5. Ahti Hyppönen                Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  6. Tony Karlsson                 Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  7. Esa Lapela                        Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  8. Bo Lindroos                     Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  9. Lasse Lusto                      Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  10. Petteri Niittymäki            Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  11. Robert Stolpe                  Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  12. Timo Virtanen                 Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  13. Micael Vuorio                  Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  14. Anton Westerlund          Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  15. Ossi Westilä                     Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
  16. Magnus Winberg            Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre
Participants pose during the MRM Kick-off event at Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre. In the background is an old simulator where students have a hands-on training in raising the sails, setting the course, and a lot more seamanship skills.

Participants pose during the MRM Kick-off event at Aboa Mare Academy and Training Centre. In the background is an old simulator where students get a hands-on training in raising the sails, setting the course, and a lot more seamanship skills.

The Swedish Club Academy hosts MRM Train the Trainer Event

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With the summer holidays already fast approaching, another MRM Train the Trainer event was successfully conducted in Gothenburg. The event took place at The Swedish Club Academy on 31 May 2016 with a good mix of representatives coming from maritime academies and a ship management company. Everyone actively participated during the discussions and the sharing of experiences by the facilitators was highly appreciated. This is so far the 11th MRM event that ALL Academy has conducted during the first half of 2016. More events in Europe are already scheduled in the coming months.

Here is the list of the participants:

  1. Thomas Brancewicz – BRISE Bereederung GmbH &Co. KG, Germany
  2. Kai-Erik Clemmesen – BRISE Bereederung GmbH &Co. KG, Germany
  3. Karl Ydén – Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
  4. Gerrit Tuschling – Hochschule Wismar, Germany
  5. Vishwanath Pratap Singh – Pondicherry Maritime Academy, India
  6. Helene Jensen Brandal – RS Rescue Academy, Norway
  7. Tormod Nordeng – RS Rescue Academy, Norway
  8. Terje Prytz – RS Rescue Academy, Norway
A group photo taken during the MRM Train the Trainer Event in Gothenburg,

A group photo taken during the MRM Train the Trainer Event in Gothenburg.

 

Mr. Martin Hernqvist giving a short introduction at the start of the program.

Mr. Martin Hernqvist giving a short introduction at the start of the program.

 

Participants discuss the common reasons why accidents happen.

Participants discuss the common reasons why accidents happen.

The AMSA Marine Notice 11/2016 on BRM

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The Marine Notice on Bridge Resource Management (BRM) and Expected Action of Bridge Team in Australian Pilotage Waters has been issued by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority on their website. This is to remind seafarers, shipowners/operators and pilots of the importance of well-planned Bridge Resource Management (BRM) to support safe navigation and minimise the potential of incidents and accidents in the area.

The notice mentioned a set of vital operational tasks that need to be considered during preparation of the passage plan. It also included a reminder on what the role of the Masters will be when the vessel is under pilotage.

This notice is a very good reminder to everyone in the maritime branch where it highlights the important aspects of BRM like “Challenge and Response” techniques, “Shared Mental Model” and “Closed-loop communications”.

To read more about the Marine Notice, please click on the following PDF File and you can also visit AMSA’s website at www.amsa.gov.au.