February 26 - Videotel has produced a new training programme - Heavy Lifts and Project Cargoes - which focuses on the complex handling issues involved in the loading and unloading of project and heavy lift cargoes.

This is particularly pertinent if ships' personnel are involved as there could be serious consequences if the correct loading and unloading techniques are not strictly followed, said Videotel.

The programme covers the planning involved in preparing for a lift both ashore and onboard; the design of vessel and cranes; maintaining stability throughout the lift and positioning of the load onboard; and the validity and condition of lifting and securing equipment.

A mixture of live action and computer animation has been used, featuring a number of lifting environments and cargo types, including quayside lifts and offside floated cargo.

Nigel Cleave, ceo of Videotel, commented on the value of the new programme: "If a lifting operation were to fail due to inadequately trained staff, apart from putting lives at risk and consequential costs involved where projects are delayed as a result, there is also the possibility of severe damage to the cargo, cranes, and even the vessel itself, resulting in large insurance claims."

Aimed primarily at crew and junior officers new to geared multipurpose or heavy lift vessels, as well as shore-based personnel new to heavy lift operations, the main topics covered in the programme are: planning; the vessel and its design; lifting and securing equipment; lifting operations from a quayside; barges and floated cargo; and cargo care.

Heavy Lifts and Project Cargoes is available in various formats - Videotel On Demand (VOD), VOD Online, DVD, and e-learning CBT (computer-based training), with accompanying workbook.