Throughout history, ships have played a critical role in the development of our civilization, providing humanity with more mobility than traveling over land for trade, transport, fishing or warfare. Since the earliest representation of a ship under sail found in Kuwait dating to the late 5th millennium BC, considerable volumes of shipping have been done by sea. Commercial shipping is the lifeblood of the world economy responsible for carrying 90% of international trade with 102,194 commercial ships worldwide across lakes, rivers, canals, oceans and seas.
Whether a shipping company is providing commercial, recreation or the military services, they must comply with strict regulatory compliance requirements, including the IMDG Code. ATMS is maritime training software designed to simplify regulatory compliance training and recordkeeping for key roles in the shipping industry such as: deck crews responsible for managing navigation and handling cargo; ship engineers responsible for propulsion, maintenance and management; and steward/hotel employees responsible for food services, sanitation, and accommodations.
Training the fleet of national and international maritime employees can be a significant challenge. ATMS for Maritime provides an enterprise-wide training platform engineered to help shipping companies maintain the currency and accuracy of their employees’ training and certifications. ATMS enables marine training managers to efficiently manage each group or department throughout the entire training process across a wide range of positions, covering such training areas as MARAD’s environment, security and safety courses including (MTSA) certifications.
More than likely your maritime organization is governed by an overwhelming body of maritime regulations and company standard operating procedures that require very specific course development, also known as Curriculum in ATMS. ATMS can house all of your organizations training courses in one concise location. Utilizing expensive LMS’s and PowerPoint presentations to build and issue training can leave behind a trail of uncertainty regarding actual completion and recordkeeping. ATMS offers your organization the control to build courses based on the regulations governing each specific training course or utilize any existing courses already development. Design regulation based specific courses that must be completed with high level results such as mandatory test scores or grade to lower level requirements of complete/incomplete status. ATMS designed curriculum development to be customized and flexible based on a variety of federal regulations that govern each course requirement.
Does your maritime shipping organization conduct classroom training using multiple instructors and classroom locations? ATMS’ built-in schedule allows for classroom training to be scheduled in advance without classroom and instructor overlap. Notifying your trainees of their training event can be daunting but ATMS provides automatic email notification to ensure trainees are aware of upcoming classes. Enable your instructors to practice the layout of a schedule before it occurs. Upon class completion instructors can store or grade any testing information within ATMS. Move beyond Outlook meeting requests and manage your training classes results within our advanced training management system.
Perhaps the most important aspect of a maritime transportation company’s regulatory governing process is compliance recordkeeping, but it is often the most overlooked. Regulations are clear regarding what is required and fines can be steep if not complied with. If your organization receives an audit, training records are typically requested regardless of the audit purpose. If your organization trains an individual under a federal regulation, there is likely a required record of training to be maintained. Seems simple enough with an Excel spreadsheet and filing cabinets, except when you are relying on multiple departments in your organization to produce and maintain those critical records. Keep your marine employees and management on the same page and ensure consistency by utilizing ATMS’ method of recordkeeping. Electronically store initial and recurrent training dates and automatically generate recurrent training dates for future completion. A comprehensive history will be maintained for each employee for each course taken, including test dates and scores. Once complete and if required, certificates of completion can be generated for print and are automatically saved in the trainees history. Generate a variety of reports to show employees due for upcoming training and be ahead of the game. Allow multiple departments to efficiently and effectively manage their required training and recordkeeping while feeling secure that your organization is compliant with these often overlooked area.
Is your maritime transportation organization conducting eLearning through multiple, expensive, per course, outsourced LMS’s? Or are plans for expanding your training delivery through eLearning becoming a more critical means to improving efficiency and convenience? ATMS offers the flexibility of a built-in LMS to deliver existing eLearning courses, or convert PowerPoint presentations allowing them to run seamlessly through ATMS’ integrated LMS. Trainees can easily access their courses via MyATMS through any web browser and run eLearning. Once a course is complete based on your parameters, instructors can approve the course with just the click of a button, while at the same time automatically triggering a recurrent training date for each course. Maritime course instructors can also grade down to multiple task events for one course, designed with the understanding that flexibility is key in evaluation of your employees’ training results. The ability to make an LMS seamlessly integrated with a training management system provides your organization with maximum control of eLearning capabilities.