Galileo Maritime Academy and the Thai Yachting Business Association (TYBA), in conjunction with Phuket News and Live 89.5 radio, has launched a marine safety training campaign for all crew of vessels engaged in the Thai marine tourism industry.
Galileo has based this training programme on the widely accepted international standards developed over the last 10 years by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) and the UK Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) known as MGN 280.
Commencing this month, there will be regular radio broadcasts on Live 89.5 offering daily tips and advice for all crew and yacht operators, including fire prevention and fire-fighting, personal safety and care of the marine environment, survival skills in an emergency, first aid and being a first responder, crowd management and crisis handling skills, collision regulations and basic navigation, voyage and weather planning, seamanship and heavy weather handling, safety equipment and VHF radio communication.
In addition, there will be regular articles and coverage of the training programme as it progresses in the Phuket news special column on Safety at Sea.
In a recent release, Galileo Maritime Academy stated, “The objective of this campaign is to raise awareness of the importance of professional standards of training to improve the safety record of Phuket’s marine industry and to promote quality training that will give guests and crew greater confidence that they can be safer in their work and leisure.
“As a result we believe that charter companies, hotels and tour operators will be able to promote that their marine operations are compliant with best international standards and are a safer experience for their tourist guests.”
The Galileo Maritime Academy training programme will be delivered in both Thai and English language at economical group rates and will be broken down into segments of knowledge and practical skills to fit in with the requirements of working crew so that marine operations are not disrupted.
The campaign will initially continue for three months.