Leading marine industry firms in Singapore that have already registered team members for the upcoming 16th Run of Key Elements of Shipping include ABN AMRO Bank, PSA Marine, DNV GL, OSM Ship Management, Odfjell Ship Management and FTAI Offshore Pte Ltd. Many of these companies are previous KES course clients. We very much value their reliance on the KES course as an integral part of their employee training and advancement programmes.
The Key Elements course is designed to provide a concise insight into the workings of the ‘business of shipping’. It’s a big subject so the learning pace over 3 days is intensive. The goal is to deliver a close look at the connectivity and interdependence between the Key Elements of Shipping, inclusive of ship owning structure and regulation, ship management, chartering, ship finance, salvage, simulator training, future ships and ports and insurance. The planned outcome is to help provide KES participants with the new knowledge they need to optimise that connectivity and meet the challenges of a highly competitive and, some would say, over regulated industry.
So what kind of people attend at the KES course and what are their job descriptions? In many cases, course participants are new undergrad entrants to marine industry companies. They’re in need of a ‘big picture’ view of the business they have chosen to work in. This process has long been part of established corporate training strategy. The goal being to help employees to not only be able to work on company projects in detail but also visualise the far reaching impacts of their work in their own business and how this extends to their service providers and customers.
But it’s not just ‘newbies’ who benefit from KES learning. Many KES participants are long term marine industry employees who have been working inside support divisions such as accounting, procurement, HR, marketing, etc. The ‘big picture’ goal and strategy is similar. Examples of companies that have sent team members to the KES course include well known ship managers such as Thome and OSM and high tech manufacturers such as Rolls Royce Marine and Kongsberg.
Banks with ship finance portfolios, both large and small, are a great example of employers who want to equip their existing personnel with more knowledge about shipping and the operating risks that their ship owner clients face. In particular, it’s stuff that bank analysts need to know to help accomplish an objective assessment of the issues associated with fleet expansion through ship building or second hand purchases. Because of this, bank team members from Nordea, NORD LB and DNB have long been participants at KES classes since the very first course in 2009.
Another type of KES participant is what the MPA have recently termed as ‘transitioners’ from non-marine industries to marine. The MPA see such people as vital to maintaining the shipping skills and work force required to operate and grow Singapore’s Maritime Cluster and meet global competition. We have been interested to see the recent growth in ‘transitioner’ participants on the KES course. They have included both middle and senior management personnel from non-marine industries that needed a ‘crash course’ on how shipping works and the specialist and sometimes mystifying terminology used by their new career colleagues.
Whether KES participants are ‘newbies’, maritime professionals or ‘transitioners’, SeaProf always finds that the diversity of education, experience and nationalities of the participants in our KES classes makes for interesting questions and ideas. However, on Day 1, variations in the martime knowledge level for individuals attending the course can sometimes make for a bumpy playing field in terms of learning and engagement. To help smooth out the learning experience, we recently created a pre-course ‘learning leveller’ YouTube video called ‘Merchant Ship Types’.
The way our YouTube learning works is that if you already know quite a lot about merchant ship types, then you can watch it as a refresher or give it a miss. If you are not so accomplished, then simply click on our video for a 17 min narrated tour of the main types of ships and their DWT tonnage based categories. You will learn about the number of ships in the world fleet, the principal types of cargo and the ships that carry them. You will also learn about the ship broker sub-category terms, such as Aframax, Panamax, Chinamax and others. These terms delineate ship DWT ranges, deepest draft and the cargoes they carry. Please give Merchant Ship Types a trial run and let us know what you think of it.
Full details of our upcoming 13-15 March KES course are available on the SeaProf Course Calendar webpage. Please access through the buttons below which include the KES course brochure, our flyer, speaker details, course fees, full information on the very generous MCF training grant and on-line registration. If you may require any further information, our KES Course Coordinator, Ashley@seaprof.com, will be very pleased to assist you. Or please telephone +65 6632 3595.