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Professional Maritime Training Programs & eLearning Courses at ABS Academy

ABS ACADEMY | AMERICAN BUREAU OF SHIPPING

Founded in 1862, The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) is a marine and offshore classification services society. The society is headquartered in Houston, Texas with worldwide offices in UK, Singapore and China. The responsibility of the classification society is to verify that marine vessels and offshore structures comply with Rules that the society has established for design, construction and periodic survey. ABS is one of the largest classification societies with a fleet of over 10,000 commercial vessels and offshore facilities.

ABS Academy has been providing training courses and career development programs for many of the world’s leading shipowners and shipbuilders, both onsite and at the specialized ABS Academy training centers. Training courses have been customized to meet the needs of individual companies. These range from simple recombination of existing courses to the development of specific curricula, particular to a company’s procedures and operations. Apart from Houston Texas, ABS Academy is located worldwide in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Athens, Greece; Hamburg, Germany; Busan, Korea; Singapore; Dubai, UAE; and Shanghai, China.

ABS Academy courses satisfy the requirements of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA), the IMO, and The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) for continuous professional development.

ABS Training Programs

Specialized Training Programs

  • Incident Investigation and Root Cause Analysis Implementation (16 hours): Many incidents, hazardous occurrences and near misses on board maritime assets are caused by human errors which can result in considerable losses. Learning the lessons from incidents that have occurred and putting preventive measures in place to ensure they do not happen again is the key to loss prevention. In order to achieve this, it is crucial that the various contributory factors and root causes are properly identified and understood.
  • Integrated Management Systems Internal Auditor (ISM, ISO & OHSAS) - 24 hours: Conducting internal audits is a critical activity that contributes to the effective implementation and continual improvement of an integrated management system.   By employing adequate risk control measures, marine and offshore companies are able to develop integrated management system programs to ensure proper vessel operations and satisfy competitive market requirements.
  • ISM Code -Internal Auditor (24 hours): Even when the Document of Compliance and Safety Management Certificates are in place, some assets are detained by Port State Control. The key is to gain insight by addressing nonconformance identified in corrective action requests, implementing preventive measures and eliminating technical deficiencies.  This course is suitable for those who have, or may have in the future, duties involving matters of safety and environmental protection and who want to develop a good grasp of how management systems can achieve these goals.
  • ISO 14001:2015 EMS Transition & Implementation (8 hours): This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the structure and requirements of the new ISO 14001:2015 International Standards for Environmental Management Systems. It addresses the new requirements and how these are different, compared with the previous version of ISO 14001:2004. The course is intended to familiarize participants with the process of incorporating the requirements of ISO 14001:2015 into a marine integrated management system with appropriate guidance on interpretation. 
  • ISO 9001:2015 QMS Transition & Implementation (8 hours): This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the structure and requirements of the new ISO 9001:2015 International Standard for Quality Management Systems. It addresses the new requirements and how these are different, compared with the previous version of ISO 9001:2008. The course is intended to familiarize participants with the process of incorporating the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 into a marine integrated management system with appropriate guidance on interpretation. 
  • ISO 9001:2015 QMS Internal Auditor (24 hours): This course will provide you with the tools to audit your organization based on the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System (QMS) and how to apply these concepts to the maritime industry.  You will learn how to plan and perform an effective audit, take corrective action, follow-up and verify, and prepare a proper audit report.  You will benefit by developing skills on how to assess and report on your organization’s conformance an implementation of the ISO 9001:2015 processes. Those who complete this course will gain knowledge on the roles and responsibilities of an auditor; recognize the principles, practices, and types of audits; and understand the process methodology and process audit techniques. 
  • ISO 9001:2015 QMS Transition & Implementation (8 hours): This course is intended to provide participants with an understanding of the structure and requirements of the new ISO 9001:2015 International Standard for Quality Management Systems. It addresses the new requirements and how these are different, compared with the previous version of ISO 9001:2008. The course is intended to familiarize participants with the process of incorporating the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 into a marine integrated management system with appropriate guidance on interpretation.
  • ISPS Code - Internal Auditor (15 hours): The risk of a vessel security threat can be reduced through strict adherence to the requirements of a ship security plan, including security internal audits conducted annually as per the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code.  Conducting security internal audits is a critical activity that contributes to the effective implementation and continual improvement of a ship security plan.
  • Management of Change (8 hours): Many of marine casualties could be attributed to a lack of adequate risk assessment of the conditions created and changes made on board, over a period of time. Reducing risks to within tolerable zones is what all organizations hope for, and change management is an essential element of this critical activity.

Online Program

  • Online Interactive Chemical Tanker Operations Training (Chem eL): CHEM-eL provides the required knowledge and understanding that is specified in STCW Table A-V/1-1-3 to ship’s personnel for safe and efficient chemical tanker operations. The content of this course covers the subject matter set out in the syllabus of IMO Model Course 1.04, Specialized Training for Chemical Tankers. Successful completion of the course will prepare personnel for compliance with current operations, statutory and classification requirements. CHEM-eL can be used to supplement an owner’s or operators existing training program. Shore personnel seeking to enhance their knowledge of this subject also will find this course beneficial. Each module of the course comes complete with a self-assessment to help candidates verify their learning comprehension. A final assessment also is provided upon satisfactory completion of all modules. A certificate of course completion is issued upon passing all assessments.

Last updated: May 9, 2017

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