Viking Maritime Group secures contract to train Virgin Voyages crew

2019 was a busy year for the Maritime Skills Academy (MSA) Dover and MSA Solent as the Viking Maritime Group secured the contract to train Virgin Voyages (VV) crew.

The training courses included Advanced Fire Fighting, Command & Control, Damage Control, STCW Basic and STCW Advanced training. The simulation training courses held at MSA Solent included BRM 1 and 2, ERM 1, Stability, Platinum ECDIS, Podded Propulsion and High Voltage.

MSA Solent was spectacularly opened in September by Sir Richard Branson.

MSA is also assisting with the cultural training, which sees crew learn and understand the ethos around Virgin Voyages and know how to be part of the new and exciting cruise brand.

In August this year, MSA Dover saw the first groups of VV Crew attend the centre and complete a 4-day MCA Advanced Fire Fighting course.

MSA Dover has seen significant investment to include new modules for Command & Control and Damage Control training. The command centre reflects the safety centre or bridge of a passenger vessel, with crew able to monitor CCTV and direct passengers through crisis situations that could happen in emergencies. The Damage Control module is the UK’s first commercially operated for the merchant shopping industry. The module has been specifically designed to provide crew with a real-world experience, allowing sufficient water flow and pressures whilst in a safe training environment, this is used in conjunction to the command and safety centre, with full CCTV in operation throughout.

Mark Jaenicke, training and performance director at Viking Maritime Group, said, “We are proud to be leading Virgin Voyages with their safety culture and preparing the Rockstar Crew for their careers with one of the most exciting and most eagerly anticipated cruise brands to in the industry. The level of commitment they have shown throughout the first stages of training is a just great to witness. We are looking forward to many years supporting Virgin Voyages”.

The aim of the course is to be able to mirror onboard ship scenarios where flooding has taken place throughout compartments onboard. This would include pipe ruptures, hull cracks, buckled hatches, bilge pipe failures and penetrating holes. This learning is taught through a number of practical exercises, in addition to theory-based classroom work.

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