Shipboard Safety Course Offered at the Millennium Institute of Oceanography

Saturday, September 30, 2017

The Millennium Institute of Oceanography (IMO) offered this course again with the firm intention of promoting and complementing the education of future scientists in this generation, particularly, of students in the areas of marine biology and geophysics, who took a 3-day theoretical and practical course on shipboard risk prevention.

Master’s students Paula Ruiz and Constanza Meriño are typical of the young people taking part in this experience. They work with Dr. Osvaldo Ulloa and Dr. Ramiro Riquelme, respectively. Daniel Veloso, former IMO undergraduate in geophysics and now a graduate of that program, is another example.

For the three of them, this course represents a wonderful opportunity for the development of their promising future careers. “I have never been on a ship, I didn’t have that experience, but I’ve learned a lot about the logistics of working on board, which I’m probably going to do in the future, since that’s the objective of the course. I believe that the course is necessary, because they teach you in detail about the parts of a ship and what to do in case of an emergency,” said marine biologist Paula Ruiz.

Constanza Meriño, Master’s student in Oceanography stressed the importance of learning the techniques taught in this course to avoid missing future job opportunities. “It is essential to be prepared so we don’t miss out on an opportunity. We need this previous knowledge in order to be able to carry out tasks on a ship. The training included a fire drill and we also jumped into the sea from the deck. On a real cruise we would be on our own, that’s why it's important to know these procedures,” she said.

In the area of geophysics it is also possible to work at sea. For that reason, geophysics graduate Daniel Veloso decided to take this course. “I know some people in the physical oceanography area who have worked on ships. This course is a requirement for such work, and since it’s an opportunity offered by IMO, I wanted to take advantage of it. I would like to put into practice everything I’ve learned if an opportunity arises in the future,” added Veloso.

First-aid techniques, open-sea survival and fire prevention were the main topics of the course.

José Villegas, instructor at the Center for Training, Development and Consulting in Business Management (CEDECAP), highlighted the aim of this course. “We are certified by the Navy to offer marine courses. The aim is for students to get used to being on board a ship. It‘s aimed at people who occasionally go on board due to a research project or because of their studies. I think the participants showed intense interest and they also participated a lot, asking interesting questions,” concluded Mr. Villegas.

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