Shared Online Resources for Professional & Competent Leaders at Sea
The Safe Seafaring is a forum for various practical experiences of seafarers – both Filipino and foreigner- in dealing with actual disasters – natural or man-made type – while onboard their vessels. It is effectively linked to the globally-connected Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS). In the world of information technology, the Safe Seafaring website is also a one-stop shop for users and subscribers in the growing demand for maritime safety and security awareness with its news, human interest stories, letters, and advisories aside from quick links to official international conventions, rules, agreements on quality standards on safety and rights for immediate reference.
Although Safe Seafaring caters to the information and education needs of seafarers it is useful as well to other subscribers such as the seafarers’ families, maritime students and educators, training centers, as well as shipping and manning companies, transportation policy makers, and researchers.
Safe Seafaring offers a knowledge menu to make the world of every seafarer safe and secure whether on board ships, on port calls, or at home with his/her family. Your click brings you to: Safety and Security; Environment and Weather; Education & Training resources; Job Opportunities. It shows special sections such as New Alerts, Travel Advisory, Seafarer’s Tracking Map, Family, Managing Your Money, Health & Seafarer Cuisine, as well as Culture, and Photo gallery. Accessible through the Internet, mobile phones, as well as social media (Facebook, Twitter), these one-stop informative materials and tips enable the seafarer to be on the platform of continuing learning while keeping posted on safety measures and being in touch with family.
This website is initiated by the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) & Elsevier Foundation for Philippine maritime schools and training centers and is linked with the globally-connected Library for Safe Seafaring (L4SS), an online learning center of the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in the town of Canaman, Camarines Sur, Bicol Region, Philippines. See below
The Globally-Connected LIBRARY for SAFE SEAFARING (L4SS)
Maritime disasters are a continuing cause of global worry despite safety-conscious systems set up by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and the STCW ’78 Convention.
Crucial to maritime safety is the preparedness and competence of shipping crews. Education and training are indispensable in developing crew competence. At its core should be an updated and well-equipped library on-campus providing technical, scientific and medical information to students and faculty alike. It is the growth center in the institution to boost quality education and training.
The Library for Safe Seafaring or L4SS, a partnership between the Mariners Polytechnic Colleges Foundation (MPCF) in Canaman, Camarines Sur, Philippines and ELSEVIER Foundation addresses this demand to enhance maritime education and training (MET). Access to information and scientific learning world-wide is the over-all goal of the Mariners-Elsevier partnership.
For Mariners, the Library is the propeller for intellectual growth and scientific learning. Hence the need to constantly upgrade and improve it as a depository of books including online publications accessible to the seafarers –present and future—and the teaching force. L4SS envisions a technology-based, learning-oriented, and student-friendly infrastructure for learning, advocacy tool to promote maritime safety and theme-centered constructions utilizing multi-media “books” and other knowledge-based packages, exhibits and charts globally connected.
5 Key Features of L4SS
A modern maritime library and internet-linked computers serving as a continuing learning facility easily accessible to its main users – the students – and thereafter as seafarers onboard ocean-going vessels:
- A comprehensive stock of updated maritime and related multi-disciplinary materials on technology, science, health and issues of family, society and culture learning according to current international standards as called for in the new guidelines of the Commission on Higher Education (CHED).
- A microsite embedded in the school’s main website that opens to a portal for accessing titles, learning aids like slideshows, documentations, memos, multimedia videos and clips, books (digital and hard copies), manuals, geographic maps/navigation charts & other multimedia learning materials.
Special focus on science and technology such as Mathematics, Physics, Marine Engineering, Navigation, Merchant Marine, Naval Architecture, Seamanship, and Nautical Knowledge, among others. Under health are Medical/First Aid, Nutrition, Hygiene, Psychosocial Well-being, HIV-AIDS and other most common diseases among seafarers. Issues of society and culture include Gender Sensitivity, Family, Depression and Mental Health, Fatigue, Multiculturalism, Discrimination, Conflict Management, Labor Rights, Crew Well-Being, Maritime Pollution (MARPOL), Anti-Piracy, Human Trafficking, and Illegal Drugs Trafficking, among others.
Information and learning materials on awareness building, aiding learning and building capacity on maritime safety to deal with high-risk incidents at sea like piracy, sea lane conflicts, and human/drug trafficking as well as psychological, health and physical dangers on seas.
o Student based program is launched within the L4SS to propagate culture of the 3 Rs (reading, rithmetic [arithmetic] and research) considered as weak learning spots among many maritime students
• Student Alternative Learning-Teaching (SALT)
Connectivity with state-of-the-art desktops programmed at high speed with unlimited access/data for internet research and manning of the library
• A competent staff and trained with advanced skills to manage the globally-connected library aided by the school’s Technical group
• On-line linkages with international learning resource centers (e.g. libraries) such as the World Maritime University in Malta, Liverpool Maritime Academy, Warsash Maritime Academy (UK) and California Maritime Academy or Cal Maritime in California, USA where there are many strong Filipino communities. More linkages with other service-oriented websites that cater to health, family and social life concerns, for example, would similarly be established like the present linkages with networks attending to spiritual well-being and mental health. (Institutional linkages will involve External affairs and academics)
• Sharing with the Philippine Association of Maritime Institutions (PAMI) and the Philippine Association of Maritime Training Centers (PAMTCI) in the country as well as with other maritime stakeholders for maritime professionals.
• Promote safeseafaring.org website and L4SS
• Access to general features of the website and other subscription materials at affordable rates
• PAMI and PMTCI events and engagements