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LNG Training an issue going forward
14 Oct

LNG Training an issue going forward

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Article by Ian Cochran

Due to the lack of the number of LNGCs or LNG fuelled vessels in comparison to the overall worldwide tonnage, there is a shortage of trained/experienced seafarers (officers and ratings) for the carriage and handling (loading and discharging) of LNG cargoes.

In addition, there are probably even fewer seafarers (especially engineers) trained in operating and/or bunkering vessels using non-hydrocarbon burning engines, ECM Training Services (ECMTS) told LNG Shipping News,

“So in our opinion, there is a strong demand for training or will be soon,” said Jo Ann Cantú, Chief Operating Officer, ECMTS, which is based in Houston, Texas.

Although the courses do not offer simulation training, there is plenty of video training and true life experiences incorporated in the e-learning programmes. DNV GL accredited ECMTS is also capable of offering on board training and/or the ability to travel worldwide to deliver a company specific course at a venue of a client’s choice.

Within the next few years, the US is expected to become the world’s largest exporter of LNG. That means more LNGC port calls to the US and LNG fuelled vessels calling in the US for bunkers.

“Our advice would be to start the programmes sooner, rather than later while there is still ample time to have seafarers trained. Our courses will touch base on LNG equipment, LNG ancillary systems, the basics of LNG, LNG cargo operations, including bunkering, engine control systems, as well as logistics and commercial uses,” Cantú advised. “Operators who select training now will be more attractive to owners who have LNGCs or LNG fuelled vessels for management.”

ECM Training Services (ECMTS) is currently offering two 90-day LNG courses – LNG Cargo Operations and LNG as a Marine Fuel – as on line training programmes. http://ecmtrainingservices.com  email:  info@ecmtrainingservices.com

Article written by Ian Cochran, editor of the Annual LNG Shipping Review and the LNG Shipping News, both published by the LNG Journal. Contact Mr. Ian Cochran via email: cochran@tankeroperator.com

https://lngjournal.com/index.php/shipping-news-old/item/92744-training-an-issue-going-forward

Ship Superintendent Online Program – Marine   
03 Oct

Ship Superintendent Online Program – Marine   

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ECM Training Services offers two targeted online courses providing knowledge and skills training for Marine Ship Superintendents. Courses instruct on broad-based marine construction, operations control including planning and scheduling, and nautical equipment.

Our Online Ship Superintendent Progrem – Marine Consists of two Courses.
All are accredited by DNV GL.

Program Courses:

  • Chartering and Cargo Carriage
  • Control of Operations and Nautical Equipment
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The Benefits of ECm Online Training Courses:

  • Flexible course enrollment
  • Interactive online program proctored by industy experts
  • Affordable and convenient with volume license discounts for corporate customers
  • Certificate of achievement issued by ECM Training Services upon successful program completion

Upon registration, courses are conveniently accessible online for students to participate at their own pace and on their own schedule, within a 90-day program completion time frame (2 courses). Courses may be taken simultaneously.

Register today at

Tug & Barge Crew Member Training Program:   Meeting the USCG 46 CFR Subchapter M Regulations
27 Sep

Tug & Barge Crew Member Training Program: Meeting the USCG 46 CFR Subchapter M Regulations

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The newSubchapter M regulations will affect thousands of vessels across the maritime industry. All companies operating towing vessels must have a Certificate of Inspection from the USCG starting with 25% of their fleetby July 22nd, 2019 to 100% of their fleet being inspected by July 19th, 2022.
In anticipation of the new Sub Chapter M regulations coming into effect, ECM Training Services, LLC has prepared the Tug and Barge Crew Member Training Program which is self-paced and completely on-line. Our Tug & Barge Crew Member Training Programis designed with the latest training requirements set forth by the USCG under 46 CFR Subchapter M including all of Part 140–Operations, 141.240 & 142.245.
This program comes with a 90 day user license. After successful completion of all the course requirements, such as study time, quizzes and tests, ECMTS will award the user a program completion certificate. We also provide ongoing user support through subject matter experts

Our Tug & Barge Crew Member Program consists of 5 programs within.
• Towing Safety Management Systems
• Crew Safety
• Health & Safety Plan
• Vessel Operational Safety
• Fire Protection

 

Registration will open on Dec 1, 2017 at www.ecmtrainingservices.com
ECM Training Services LNG Seminar Talks Real Issues
07 Oct

ECM Training Services LNG Seminar Talks Real Issues

 

ECM TRAINING SERVICES LNG SEMINAR TALKS REAL ISSUES

Houston, TX, October 6, 2015—ECM Training Services, LLC held an interactive seminar on “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG As A Marine Fuel Viable” at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX on September 22-23. Over 45 participants gathered to hear from an impressive group of industry experts, who shared their knowledge and expertise on LNG.

IMG_0918“This seminar became a part of a very important and ongoing discussion about LNG as a Marine Fuel,” stated Mike Minogue, CEO of ECM Training Services. “The expert panelists we assembled are at the forefront of these LNG discussions. They are the industry’s “think tank” or “thought leaders,” as their expertise and knowledge regarding LNG is sought after around the world. Participants learned an invaluable amount of information including the viability of LNG as an alternative fuel, what it costs and how to deliver it.”

Seminar panelists covered a variety of topics including the basics of LNG, equipment and cargo handling, safety and risk, regulations and training. Participants engaged in a number of interactive discussions regarding the issues facing the industry today and the ongoing initiatives to influence LNG for Marine Fuel.

IMG_0932Panelists included Tony Teo, LNG Business Director for Keppel; Ganesen Manickam, CEO, Bendwaters Pvt Ltd; Renee Klimczak, Managing Director, Galway Group Energy Advisors; CDR Gretchen Bailey (USCG), commanding officer of Marine Safety Unit in Houma, LA; Aziz Bamik, General Manager of GTT N. America; Aaron Brown, (Senior Consultant, DNV GL; Lindsay Deal, Deputy Section Manager for the Quantitative Risk Analysis Group, DNV GL; and John Hatley, VP Ship Power for Wartsila North America.

“The most pertinent issues facing the maritime industry surrounding the use of LNG as a fuel were addressed,” said Minogue. “By creating this unique forum to have these important conversations, participants are now able to effectively help their business make smart decisions regarding their use of LNG.”

Participant feedback:

“It was a pleasure to have been at the [ECM seminar]. It was an impressive gathering. I’ll be able to incorporate a lot of the discussions from the seminar into my working group. “

“Thank you for a very stimulating conference with excellent networking opportunities and interesting speakers/participants.”

“Thanks for putting together such an informative event. The future of LNG as a fuel is bright.”

“Thanks for organizing a first-rate seminar!”

“Many thanks for putting on a fantastic seminar. Hope to stay in touch with ECM Training Services as the LNG [market] goes through this interesting time of development.”

About ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services offers a suite of accredited online maritime skills and training courses presented by respected industry leaders and tailored to the maritime industry’s major shipping companies and/or their vessel manning partners. With its extensive portfolio of accredited online course offerings, ECM Training Services makes learning convenient for shipping crews and shore based staff alike. Vessel owners/operators, manning and training centers, as well as personnel at facilities, terminals and charterers can enrich their maritime knowledge and skills through these flexible course offerings.

Parent company ECM Group acquired ECM Maritime Services LLC in 2009 in order to merge its experience, resources and expertise with other ECM Group Companies. Providing OPA 90 services to the maritime industry and with offices worldwide, ECM Maritime has grown to become one of the world’s leading regulatory consulting, compliance, and emergency response companies in the maritime industry.

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ECM Training Services Kicks Off LNG Seminar
22 Sep

ECM Training Services Kicks Off LNG Seminar

Tony Teo, Director, Technology and Business Maritime, Keppel, kicks off ECM Training Services LNG seminar with a discussion on the basics of LNG.

Sept. 22, 2015, Houston, TX—Today, ECM Training Services, LLC began day one of its interactive seminar, “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG As A Marine Fuel Viable” at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. An impressive panel of industry experts will lead the 45 participants through an interactive seminar on the basics of LNG, the challenges of transporting it, the equipment needed and the skills needed by crewman to handle such cargo. Read the agenda here.

Panelists include: Commander Gretchen Bailey, U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit in Houma, LA;
Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America;
Aaron Brown, Senior Consultant, DNV GL;
Martial Claudepierre, LNG Business Development Manager Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore;
Lindsay Deal, Deputy Section Manager for the Quantitative Risk Analysis Group, DNV GL;
Sergio Fifi, Director/General Manager at Jensen Maritime Consultants;
John Hatley, Vice President, Ship Power, Wartsila;
Renee Klimczak, Managing Director, Galway Group Energy Advisors;
Adthisaya Ganesan Manickam, CEO Bendwaters;
Kevin Storm, Global Gas Solutions American Bureau of Shipping; and
Tony Teo, Director, Technology and Business Maritime, Keppel.

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Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America, addresses the 45 seminar participants on the equipment used for cargo operations on LNG carriers & for marine fuel bunkering.

Get On Board With LNG Cargo Operations Course
21 Sep

Get On Board With LNG Cargo Operations Course

Norwalk, CT, Sept. 21, 2015—ECM Training Services, LLC will offer a five-course, certification program in LNG Cargo Operations, a must for maritime professionals facing today’s challenges of transporting LNG, one of the fastest growing sources of fuel. ECM Training Services comprehensive suite of maritime educational programs are available online today at www.ecmtrainingservices.com.

“The worldwide share of LNG trade has swelled from 6% in 1970 to over 30% today. Because of this increased popularity, the maritime industry is faced with the challenges of transporting it and maintaining the security of the cargo and the crew,” stated Mike Minogue, CEO of ECM Training Services. “Our LNG program incorporates the most up-to-date procedures with the most current information to inform and prepare course participants to deal with real-world scenarios. And, the convenience of having an online program like this (and all of our courses) is that it allows individuals to take advantage of such education on their own time.”

The LNG Cargo Operations Program is comprised of six courses: LNG BASICS, LNG Equipment, LNG Ancillary Systems, LNG Security and LNG Commercial.lngimage4

“Working with and transporting LNG is a specialization that requires a highly-skilled and knowledgeable crew,” said Minogue. “The supply of qualified and experienced crew to man these specialist vessels is unable to keep up with the demand. Hence, qualified crew members are highly sought after and well-rewarded.”

Developed with the guidance of relevant industry experts and institutions, ECM Training Services suite of courses also includes Ship Superintendent General; Ship Superintendent – Marine; Ship Superintendent – Technical; Breakbulk Shipping; Maritime Logistics; Marine Engineering; and Ship Operations.

All courses are certified and/or accredited and individuals are issued a certificate of achievement from ECM Training Services upon successful completion within the time allowed. All courses begin on the first of every month, and are available on a rolling basis. All ECM Training Services courses run on a platform based on a proven experiential learning model which employs an engaging kick-off session, followed by e-Book self-study, quizzes, homework assignments, and virtual labs.

Registration is available now. Registrants choose when and where to begin their program. Visit here for more information on courses and to register.

Ganesan Manickam To Address WGMA Members In Sept.
02 Sep

Ganesan Manickam To Address WGMA Members In Sept.

Ganesan Manickam, CEO Bendwaters, an expert panelist at ECM Training Services’ seminar, “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?”, on Sept. 22-23, will address WGMA members at the monthly membership meeting in Sept. Interested in joining Ganesan and an impressive group of experts at the ECM Training Services’ seminar? Register today here and receive a special discounted price for WGMA members. 

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Speaker Panel for September Seminar Announced
17 Aug

Speaker Panel for September Seminar Announced

September 22-23 Seminar at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas – Sponsored by ECM Training Services, LLC and Galway Group
iStock_000012733918_Large (1)ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, will hold a two-day, interactive training seminar entitled “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?” September 22 -23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. A distinguished group of industry experts, who are influencing the way LNG is used globally in a marine environment, will lead the discussions.

“ECM Training Services is proud to have this exceptional panel present this very important discussion on LNG use as a marine fuel,” stated Mike Minogue, President and CEO of both ECM Maritime Services and ECM Training Services. “These experts have firsthand knowledge about the issues, cost implications and concerns of using LNG. They are helping to shape the policies and guidelines about LNG as a Marine Fuel. And, they will share this insight and their ideas with seminar participants in a unique and interactive format.”

Panelists
Commander Gretchen Bailey of the U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit in Houma, LA. Commander Bailey has been one of the leads for the Coast Guard in the development of policy for LNG bunkering procedures and LNG’s use as a fuel. She has over 19 years of maritime experience, including vessel inspection, port security, waterfront facility inspection, mariner licensing, casualty investigation, and marine disaster and firefighting response.
Aziz Bamik, General Manager, GTT North America. Aziz is leading technology developments in the construction of land storage of LNG and cargo containment for LNG carriers which are licensed worldwide by leading shipyards and EPCs.
Aaron Brown, Senior Consultant, DNV GL. In his role at DNV GL, Aaron works closely with USCG and others to establish a national regulatory framework designed to prevent major environmental hazards. He was also responsible for the report DNV GL delivered to MARAD on LNG bunkering.
Martial Claudepierre, LNG Business Development Manager Bureau Veritas Marine & Offshore. Martial is at the position of LNG Business Development Manager in Bureau Veritas Marine, with the primary role of providing technical and managerial leadership in the development of LNG as fuel Rules and Services. He is also involved as IACS Project Team manager for LNG bunkering guidelines.
Lindsay Deal, Deputy Section Manager for the Quantitative Risk Analysis Group, DNV GL. Lindsay specializes in quantifying risk for floating LNG applications. She routinely provides technical advice and risk contextualization for LNG transport risk, under both TERMPOL and WSA frameworks.
Sergio Fifi, Director/General Manager at Jensen Maritime Consultants
John Hatley, Vice President, Ship Power, Wartsila. Currently Americas VP Ship Power for Wartsila North America, John has 25+ years of combined marine experience spanning business development, sales, project-management of vessel construction, owner’s representation, ship operations, and vessel design.
Renee Klimczak, Managing Director, Galway Group Energy Advisors. As Managing Director of Galway Group, Renee focuses her advisory practice on gas and LNG – shipping, marketing, projects and LNG as fuel. Her unique perspective was developed by working in global roles across all sectors of gas and LNG.
Adthisaya Ganesan Manickam, CEO Bendwaters, Maritime industry expert formerly with MISC Berhad. Ganesen leads the technical consultancy services for LNG projects including repair, life extension of old fleet, conversion and new builds for LNGC, FSU, FSRU & FLNG. Ganesen is a career maritime professional who has significant experience in maritime education and training.
Kevin Storm, Global Gas Solutions American Bureau of Shipping
Tony Teo, Director, Technology and Business Maritime, Keppel. Tony recently joined Keppel as LNG business director. He has provided technical leadership on LNG Ship Classification for 30+ years.

Said Minogue, “Our industry is facing immediate challenges and opportunities with using LNG as a marine fuel. This seminar prepares participants to confront the issues and gives them the tools to make important decisions regarding an organization’s use of LNG. Anyone working in the marine industry today will gain a great deal of knowledge by participating.”

Seminar Registration

Register here: “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?” by August 15 to get the Early Bird discount. The first 30 registrants will receive complimentary club level tickets to the Astros game against the LA Angels on Sept. 22. This will be a valuable opportunity to network with colleagues as well as enjoy a great night of baseball! In addition, ECM Training Services will be offering the first 30 registrants (or a designee) a complimentary license to their online LNG Cargo Operations program, a series of six online courses, accredited by the DNV, and designed to extend skills and training in areas such as LNG Equipment, LNG Ancillary Systems, LNG Cargo Operations, LNG Security, and LNG Commercial.

About ECM Training Services

ECM Training Services offers a suite of accredited online maritime skills and training courses presented by respected industry leaders and tailored to the maritime industry’s major shipping companies and/or their vessel manning partners. With its extensive portfolio of USCG or DNV accredited online course offerings, ECM Training Services makes learning convenient for shipping crews and shore based staff alike. Vessel owners/operators, manning and training centers, as well as personnel at facilities, terminals and charterers can enrich their maritime knowledge and skills through these flexible course offerings.

Parent company ECM Group acquired ECM Maritime Services LLC in 2009 in order to merge its experience, resources and expertise with other ECM Group Companies. Providing OPA 90 services to the maritime industry and with offices worldwide, ECM Maritime has grown to become one of the world’s leading regulatory consulting, compliance, and emergency response companies in the maritime industry.

ECM Hosts September 2015 Seminar on LNG as Marine Fuel
16 Jun

ECM Hosts September 2015 Seminar on LNG as Marine Fuel

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ECM Training Services, LLC announces September 2015 Seminar

“ECA Compliance- Is LNG as Marine Fuel Viable?” 

September 22-23 Seminar at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Astros.

Norwalk, CT – ECM Training Services, LLC, in conjunction with Galway Group, is pleased to announce a two day training seminar “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable?” which will be held September 22 -23, 2015, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Astros.

In addition to being held at this very unique venue and having an agenda loaded with industry expert panel members, the first 30 registrants for ECM Training Services’ LNG conference will be provided complimentary club level tickets to the September 22nd Astros (44-34) game against the Los Angeles Angels (39-37) at Minute Maid Park.  The two teams are currently fighting it out for first place in the American League West and this should shape up to be a great playoff battle, as well as providing a great opportunity for participants to continue networking among industry colleagues.

Seminar Agenda

Dealing proactively with compliance regulations is a must in the maritime industry, and the goal for this seminar is to assist with informed decision-making.  Emissions Control Areas (ECA) instituted a reduction of NOx and SOx emissions in shipping starting in January 2015. MARPOL Annex VI is intended to implement a 0.5% Sulphur content of bunker fuels “globally” by 2020 or 2025. These will have major implications for both ship operators and bunkering suppliers alike.

To accommodate these new requirements, it is crucial to understand and weigh all options to best achieve compliance…starting now. This two-day interactive seminar features a panel of industry experts to discuss one of our industry‘s most talked about new trends…LNG as Marine Fuel. Participants will take part in active discussions on topics including:

  • Drivers of change
  • Understanding of LNG and its relevance as a marine fuel
  • How to influence regulation, standardization and safety
  • Case studies and cost benefit analysis

At the seminar’s conclusion, participants will have the tools and knowledge to determine if LNG as Marine Fuel is a viable option for their organization in achieving new ECA Compliance Standards.

For agenda and registration links, visit Seminar Information.

 

ECM Group Announces Formation of  ECM Training Services LLC
16 Jun

ECM Group Announces Formation of ECM Training Services LLC

ecmRegulatory Compliance Leaders Form Sister Company to Launch Series of Online Maritime Skills and Training Courses

Norwalk, CT, July 1, 2015– The ECM Group, parent of ECM Maritime Services, LLC, proudly announces the formation of ECM Training Services LLC. ECM Training Services offers a suite of accredited online maritime skills and training courses presented by respected industry leaders and tailored to the maritime industry’s major shipping companies and/or their vessel manning partners. With its extensive portfolio of USCG or DNV accredited online course offerings, ECM Training Services makes learning convenient for shipping crews and shore based staff alike.  Vessel owners/operators, manning and training centers, as well as personnel at facilities, terminals and charterers can enrich their maritime knowledge and skills through these flexible course offerings.

Online Maritime Educational Programs

President and CEO of both ECM Maritime Services and ECM Training Services, Mike Minogue comments, “With the launch of ECM Training Services, the ECM Group now provides a comprehensive online training and education program in skills and operations for the maritime industry. Additionally, with our specialized courses, we can conveniently provide important information on upcoming new industry trends, such as LNG as a marine fuel, very affordably and efficiently to a broad-based maritime audience.”

ECM Training Services addresses a need in the industry by offering an affordable, flexible online training forum to provide skills, operations and maintenance training to crew members of large shipping companies. The maritime training and skills courses are designed to provide sea-faring and on-shore personnel alike with convenient access to an extensive portfolio of topics. The online maritime educational programs offer individual skills training courses, as well as course combinations, designed to provide a strong basis of knowledge both for new entrants into a field of study and professionals looking to advance their skills.  All ECM Training Services curricula are based on a proven experiential learning model employing an engaging kick-off session, followed by e-Book self-study, quizzes, homework assignments, and virtual labs.  Courses are DNV or USCG accredited and students are issued a certificate of achievement from ECM Training Services upon successful completion.

ECM Training Services is pleased to announce its first informational training seminar “Pursuing ECA Compliance: Is LNG as a Marine Fuel Viable? which will be held September 22 -23, 2015 at Minute Maid Park in Houston Texas; early registrants will be invited to continue networking on Day 1 of the event at an evening game featuring the Houston Astros playing the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Interested clients should visit the latest news page at www.ecmtrainingservices.com for more information and to register for the upcoming training seminar.

About the ECM Group

The ECM Group acquired ECM Maritime Services LLC in 2009 in order to merge its experience, resources and expertise with other ECM Group Companies.  Providing OPA 90 services to the maritime industry and with offices worldwide, ECM Maritime had grown to become one of the world’s leading regulatory consulting, compliance, and emergency response companies in the maritime industry. ECM’s roots began in pollution prevention and response, and have continued to develop into a diverse network of specialties to meet the needs of marine clients. ECM Maritime Services goal is to offer the most comprehensive package of compliance and response expertise through technology, training and professional personnel. The Company’s services include providing vessel response plan preparation and maintenance, spill response and management, inspections and surveys, ISM/ISO audit services, pre-Vetting and pre-PSC inspections, including EAG/CAM/TPA services under Environmental Compliance Plans (ECPs) enforced by the US government.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Penny Lewis Shawah at 203-260-7773 or email at plshawah.ecmtraining@gmail.com.