INTERNATIONAL marine support services provider V.Group has announced it will unveil a new app for seafarers as well as an upgraded training centre in Manila.
These are part of its new Project Embark, a program designed to transform the way it handles its crewing pool of 44,000 seafarers.
The app is expected to boost the seafarers’ experience, while enabling V.Group to utilise regularly updated seafarer data to improve crewing performance and assist in planning.
Moreover, the app is said to tackle issues stemming from the fact most crew paperwork and certification is still paper-based.
At the same time, the Manila seafarer training centre has been enhanced, reflecting V.Group’s growth in the cruise industry.
New facilities include an exact replica of a cruise cabin used to train the hotel staff in housekeeping duties, and an enhanced engineering simulator.
They also offer a high voltage simulator, LNG bunkering simulator, and hydraulic, pneumatic and electro technology training stations.
Group managing director Allan Falkenberg said Project Embark was about providing an effective, simple and globally connected experience for their seafarers.
“Through the app, we’re making the experience of searching for assignments, signing contracts, and managing documentation as functional as booking a flight or shopping online,” Mr Falkernberg said.
“We’ve come to expect a lot of technology in our daily lives, but until now, seafarers have just had to accept being stuck decades behind when it comes to arranging their next contract.”