We are four crewmembers of the Ital Ordine. Niclas,
Franz and Dennis have just started Training as shipmechanics
in summer 2011, while Siegfried has successfully finished
We were totally overwhelmed of what have learned at
the Maritime Training Center in Elsfleth, Germany, in
a very short period of time. After the first onboard
safety drill, we have recognized that teachers prepared
us excellently in firefighting, rescue and safety management.
Siegfried, who has gained a lot of experience during
training at the Hartmann Reederei and the Maritime Training
Center, can tell that training for him was an essential
part of preparation for his final examinations as a
shipmechanic. All in all, training made the difference
What does training mean to us?
To us, training means increasing our abilities to
work safely and professional. One of the first things
we have learned is, that working on board of a ship
includes potential hazards and takes a lot of responsibility.
Due to these circumstances, a permanent, consequent
and modern training is relentless.
The training starts with the correct usage of tools
necessary on board like angle grinder, going on to entering
enclosed spaces and even maneuvering a vessel in all
kinds of weather conditions is, next to a lot of other
aspects, an important step, to become an experienced
The Maritime Training Center is a school with modern
facilities. It has a crane simulator, a freefall lifeboat
and even a hot firefighting simulator. The motivated
teachers were competent and have always helped, if any
questions came up. It was the right place to start our
On board, the training officers taught us a lot about
engine plans, rescue management, SOLAS, maritime and
technical English and handling documents like risk assessment.
The high technical standard of training equipment like
Videotel, training manuals and ISM viewer had a positive
effect on our knowledge.
The basic safety practice included many unforgettable
events. Launching the freefall lifeboat, firefighting
under breathing apparatus and simulating survival techniques
with bad weather conditions.
We have also learned how to work with metal in a seven
week long workshop. The course included how to weld,
how to work with lathe machines and many other working
In March, 2010 Siegfried has participated in a Helicopter
Exercise between the small gas tanker Danubegas and
the Dutch coast guard. The Helicopter was approaching
the vessel and dropped life guards with a stretcher
on the aft deck. The exercise came very close to reality
and gave an impression how to handle the rescue operation
of an injured person.
Another drill that also took place at the tanker Danubegas
was a drill with chemical protection suits, which gave
us the feeling to manage chemistry accidents fast and
Our report already indicated that training to us, has
made a big difference in experience and crisis management.
Due to these elaborate impressions, Siegfried takes
over a lot of experience in his upcoming study for an
The three of us are looking forward to receiving even
more exciting trainings and hope to set the right course
in our apprenticeship.