Annual Voluntary Refresher Training Program
The purpose of this activity is to complement the training of Greek merchant marine officers in accordance with STCW by providing new information that covers a wide range of topics and developments of maritime legislation at the national and international level. Policy of the Maritime Training Center is to offer the Membership of the Association codified, consistent, valid and timely information. This is of utmost importance for the motivation to become voluntarily committed for safe and environmentally friendly maritime activities.
Each annual program is developed through a well-tested process identifying those areas where training could assist the officers to minimize any potential risk for the marine environment and human life at sea.
The 2017 Program was developed in close cooperation with the representatives of 12 member companies who make up the Training Committee. The Program was formulated based on the needs of our Members, IMO regulatory developments, Port State Control results and the remarks/suggestions of those who participated in the seminars of the previous few years.
More specifically, the development process of refresher training programs includes the following activities:
- Monitoring of new trends in certain areas such as marine technology and innovation, ships' operation and maintenance, standards of competence for the ship's personnel, etc.
- Analysis of feedback received from the participants on the training programs as well as of proposals made by Member-companies.
- Analysis of maritime accidents and results of inspections carried out on Member-vessels by Port State Control authorities as shown in reports of Paris and Tokyo MoUs, EMSA, U.S. Coast Guard and others.
- Monitoring of the latest developments regarding international maritime legislation through HELMEPA' participation in the works of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) and the Maritime Safety Committee of IMO.
The first voluntary refresher training program was designed and implemented during the academic year 1983 – '84 as a circle of three separate seminars for Deck and Engine Officers and Crew.
Since then, HELMEPA’s refresher training programs have evolved both in terms of structure and content, with a constant view to respond to the need for compliance with new regulations, as well as to reflect current trends in ships’ operation and technology. Protection of the environment and safety at sea from the human factor’s point of view constitute the two pillars of the training provided by the Association.