Visitors to the IMO on Tuesday were surprised to find an impromptu training session taking place in the Maritime Knowledge Centre when Mr Koji Sekimizu, Secretary General of the organization, was given a demonstration of Videotel’s second generation on board training system, Videotel on Demand (VOD) G2.
Two new VOD units were presented to the IMO on behalf of Videotel Marine International by Stephen Bond, Deputy Chairman and Nigel Cleave, Chief Executive Officer. As Mr Bond conducted the virtual tour around the system he said, “This is a very poignant moment for Videotel. Our roots are firmly based at the IMO – we were founded as a direct result of the IMO’s call for better training materials, and now here I am, 40 years later, able to hand over the latest in cutting edge training technology, featuring not only videos but also fully interactive computer based training materials. We have come a very long way.”
Videotel’s long association with the IMO began when it began making training products for the marine industry in 1973. Major shipping companies needed to improve their on board training and IMCO, the forerunner of the IMO, directed Videotel to produce high quality training materials for maritime colleges, especially in the developing countries.
The VOD G2 units handed over to the IMO are pre-loaded with the full portfolio of Videotel’s award winning training packages, and include top quality marine safety and operational training videos, animation, computer-based training materials (CBT) and instructional courses. Comprehensive and interactive, the training material will be used by visitors to the Maritime Knowledge Centre for a wide range of purposes from research through to education.
Videotel is the world’s leading multi-media producer of high quality maritime safety training software and materials serving the international maritime community today. As well as its award-winning videos, programmes and courses on board over 10,000 vessels, Videotel has the largest portfolio of maritime CBT materials in the world. With more than 800 titles and over 100 million training hours accomplished to date, Videotel is dedicated to promoting the education, safety and well-being of hundreds of thousands of seafarers across the world.