Maritime training ecosystem - Innovative technology


( Ocean Technologies Group has brought together some of the best known maritime service providers into a single team with a single mission. Now they are building a bigger global presence and targeting Cyprus as an area in which to invest.

The group was formed in March 2020 when newly appointed Chief Executive Officer Manish Singh recognised the need to forge a single identity for the Seagull and Videotel and US based MTS maritime training brands and the groups burgeoning ship management offering through Tero Marine and COEX. The group was then further bolstered by the acquisition of 100% of Marlins from V Group dramatically increasing their pre-employment test assessment capabilities.

The move to create the new group, also created an opportunity to think differently

“Our brands have been around for a long time and we are very proud of our history, but we also realised that in setting up this new group, we had a chance to look afresh with more of a start-up mentality and we had to ask ourselves really what it was we wanted to achieve.“

“Our story is no longer just confined to training, our story has broadened to be very much one about empowering the human element in shipping whether that be crew on board the ships or those ashore that support and rely on them.  Helping them to stay safe and compliant, but also to develop them as professionals and optimise their work flows. We see ourselves as a collaborative digital partner in driving vessel performance, through human enablement.”

“All group brands are operating under a single executive team and their respective functional areas so that customers can benefit from the best we have to offer from each of the brands. We’ve also significantly strengthened our teams globally bringing in some new blood and new ideas and one area in which we have been keen to increase our presence is here in Cyprus. We now have a growing team on the island across account management, customer service and product development and this is well overdue given the prominence of Cyprus in both our customer base and the industry as a whole.”

A primary focus of the this enhanced global team has been to consolidate development around the new Ocean Learning Platform released at the beginning of the year with its cloud, mobile and vessel based e-learning solutions. Since then they have also added a powerful integrated Virtual classroom and recently announced plans to integrate cloud simulation via partnership with Wärtsilä. This is all part of a strategy to enable companies to unite their onboard and on shore training initiatives in a single unified Maritime Training ecosystem.

“We want to create an open and collaborative ecosystem in which we work with a variety of providers to solve as many problems as we can for our customers” says Manish.

“You can see that demonstrated in our partnership with Wärtsilä , but also in the way we are opening our platforms to OEMs such as Alfa Laval, Samson Ropes to solve type specific training requirements. We have also demonstrated our commitment to assist organisations such as the Maritime Anti-Bribery and Corruption Network and The Mission to Seafarers on welfare initiatives recognising out responsibility to make our platforms and channels accessible to organisations that contribute to the important ethical issues we must solve together.”

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