SEABOT MARITIME TRAINING ACADEMY
MASS Certified Professional Training Scheme®
SeaBot Maritime has developed the MASS Certified Professional Training Scheme as a through-life training pathway for personnel working in the field of uncrewed vehicles
The MASS Certified Professional Training Scheme has been developed in response to the current absence of a standardised training framework. Its development is informed by current commercial MASS Vessel operations, training needs analysis, Classification Society Guidance, Maritime UK Code of Practice, and by engagement in multiple national and international industry working groups.
The training has been developed on the initial assumption that it will supplement, rather than replace, existing traditional training schemes by way of an endorsement to a professional seafaring qualification, the nature of which will be determined by the size and location of vessel being operated.
Delivery of the training scheme uses a phased approach. Phase one, which is being delivered now, is in response to the current demand for trained operators and will have an immediate impact in de-risking new and complex ways of operating. It provides operators with fundamental underpinning knowledge in addition to incorporating organisation specific elements. The inclusion of organisation specific training provides benefits to the delegate as well as the organisation by incorporating critical analysis of procedures within the learning process, embedding an understanding of responses and expected outcomes.
The course also provides delegates with an understanding of how new functions and associated operating practices will require greater collaboration between operators, and the role of the system as a key agent within this team. A vital concept that is continually revisited and developed throughout the whole training scheme.
Where organisations are in the process of developing SOPs/EOPs, this training course provides operators with a level of knowledge that will help inform the development of procedures; new systems of work being adopted based on an understanding of the underlying principles of uncrewed operations rather than being informed by existing operating concepts. As the requirement for underpinning knowledge changes, and the operating landscape, vessel size and complexity evolve, the scheme will adapt to accommodate these changes. In doing so, this will ensure the curriculum remains relevant to the operating environment.
The initial period of instructor led training is supported by a digital training record book and digital operator logbook. These tools are provided to support the operator with their continued development and maintenance of this level of competence once achieved. Certification and record books are held within the Global Maritime Portal; a competency management system home to the MASS Certified Professional Training Scheme.
The current training course is the first element of the broader training scheme. Phase two delivers the management level qualifications required by more complex Remote Operations Centres (ROC) safety cases. Payload training is also included to provide a complete understanding of vessel operations. As operations mature, and experience levels develop, subsequent phases will be rolled out focusing on further highly technical roles and sub-sea operations.