Maersk Training advances maritime training with innovation


With an aim at improving safety and operational performance in the real working environment, Maersk Training guarantees a better learning experience through advanced simulation training


Interview by Effat Mostafa

Edited by Hudoob Younis

In a company based on the key value that “No loss should hit us which can be avoided with constant care”, a key has always been to learn from mistakes and ensure we are well prepared to manage the challenging environments we deal with. That’s why, Maersk Training was founded in 1978 as a reaction to an offshore incident and since then, they have added a number of specialized training areas: Maritime, Oil and Gas, Wind, Survival, Safety and Security, People Skills, Crane Operation and Human Resource Services. Mr. Vijay Rangachari, the Regional Managing Director at Maersk Training further elaborated, “Maersk Training is part of the Maersk group and it is located in ten major centers globally. Our Dubai branch was established in February 2016 and since then we have achieved a remarkable success that qualified us to get the innovation award by HH Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Dubai Maritime Summit in 2016.”

Maersk Training offers several training courses for the maritime industry such as Anchor Handling Vessel Operation, Dynamic Positioning,  and Ship Handling for Offshore Vessels. Moreover, on Maersk Training also provides class room training on Dangerous Goods by Sea / HazMat. For oil and gas, they provide training courses on Enhanced Well Control Training, Crane courses including competency assessment program and OPITO Major Emergency Management Initial Response (MEMIR). Rangachari explained, “We provide Advanced Simulation Training focused on oil and gas and the maritime industry. Globally we have more than 200 courses, most of them are being delivered here in Dubai and the region.”


Simulating real operational environment

Maersk Training operates with a basic principle that aims at preparing trainees for challenges which in turn will improve safety and productivity. The company has a unique way of training which makes it one of the leading training institutions worldwide.  Rangachari emphasized, “What makes us unique is being the only training center in the region that provide training courses for oil and gas and the maritime industry under one roof with advanced simulators. We aim to involve real life scenarios wherever possible. We lead the way in developing simulators and programs that move training closer to our clients working environment, in order to prepare people for real life on-site situations. Thus, trainees can make mistakes here in a safe environment and learn from them. We believe that this method will accelerate the learning and will ensure that people can grow faster in their careers.”


Driving safety and performance

Maersk Training focuses on enhancing safety and driving operational performance. This is being achieved by making sure that trainees are going through all the possible risk assessments scenarios. Rangachari stated, “Working in the maritime and offshore industry can be a challenging environment sometimes which is stressful. That’s why, our courses focus on teaching trainees how to manage their stress levels while they are managing a challenging situation by focusing on the 6 basic non-technical skills in a simulator environment across – Situational awareness, Leadership, Performance shaping factors, Decision making, Communication, Team work . ”

Maersk Training has created an effective way to measure the outcome of their trainings.  Rangachari elaborated, “We work closely with our customers in order to be able to measure the performance of their teams over a certain period of time. A good example of this on the maritime side is a global program called the Leadership Assessment and Nautical Excellence Program (LANE) through which we support our customers in managing promotion decisions through an objective approach where we look at both the technical as well as non-technical / human element factors. None of the people who have been recommended for promotion through this program have ever been involved in an accident over a three years period. We also have examples from process safety training for an operator where we were able to generate multi-million dollar savings through reduction in lost time incidents compared to base line.”


Driving the maritime training sector to innovation

The UAE always seeks to be a world class maritime hub. Governments and other entities are working hard to further grow with the maritime sector focusing on development and innovation. Rangachari stated, “At Maersk Training we are trying to reinforce Dubai’s position as a maritime innovation hub. Therefore, we aim to join the Quattro Helix Program which has been recently introduced to the industry and are keen to support other initiatives in the maritime sector that can help bring more new people into the industry.”