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Friday, March 1, 2019 

Columbia Shipmanagement has announced the launch of its own eLearning Management System (LMS) in partnership with Adobe Systems.

This is thought to be the first time a ship manager has partnered with a multinational computer software company to implement a global LMS solution for its entire eLearning courses. This Web and App-based eLearning platform enables seafarers to access and complete training assignments at their own pace and without necesarily having network connectivity.

Columbia’s LMS harmonises the training and courses for seafarers and fleet wide activities worldwide. The system can be used at the seafarers’ convenience and from any location: office, onboard vessels, at home, or when travelling.

Seafarers can now complete interactive courses using computers or mobile devices to download the courses, generate certificates after successful completion of the relevant test, collect points and badges, post comments and questions in dedicated forums, participate in webinars, attend virtual classrooms and access virtual reality content among many other features. All Columbia’s seafarers now have access to the platform and can benefit from a large catalogue of interactive and engaging courses.

Columbia has a dedicated in-house team for the development of tailored eLearning courses. The LMS, known as Adobe Captivate Prime, enables Masters and Managers to create Continuous Development Programmes for their teams by enrolling them through specific courses. The captured data helps monitor the effectiveness of the training, attendance, providing feedback on participation or even managing results on how quickly the workforce is improving through skill awards.

Capt Faouzi Fradi (pictured), Group Director of Training at Columbia Shipmanagement, said: “Seafarers play a key role in operating Columbia’s fleet, hence it is of utmost importance to recognise their contribution and efforts by caring about their wellbeing and satisfaction. Columbia’s LMS has been implemented to train and educate seafarers but also to adapt to their schedule and lives, while onboard or ashore and help them train on their own terms.”

In further developments, Columbia has completely revamped its web-based Crew Portal; and has inaugurated its first Performance Optimisation Control Room, which is designed to optimise vessel safety, security, crew, commercial operations, voyage control and fuel consumption operations among other aspects.

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