Current seafarer training is becoming out of step with the quantum leaps in technology seen onboard ships hitting the water these days, a senior figure at the US Coast Guard (USCG) has warned.
Speaking at maritime training association GlobalMET’s annual conference in Mumbai on Friday, Mayte Medina, the head of the Office of Merchant Mariner Credentialing at the USCG, told delegates today’s mariners are “generalists”, whereas tomorrow’s mariners need to be specialists
“Today’s training processes and delivery systems need to change to meet tomorrow’s needs,” the 20-year veteran of the USCG said.
The main challenges with the current model of training, Medina said, was keeping up with technology and the overly heavy reliance on classroom training.
Medina used the GlobalMET platform to call on greater international collaboration to improve overall training standards. “All stakeholders must participate,” she said.