In order to ensure that SPO's vessels are manned with dedicated, qualified and proficient seagoing personnel, SPO has an in-house Competence Assurance Department (CAD).
In order to ensure that SPO's vessels are manned with dedicated, qualified and proficient seagoing personnel, SPO established an in-house Competence Assurance Department (CAD) in 2013.
CAD helps to identify, monitor and plan the training of our officers and crew. This system ensures that we cover all training needs, with courses delivered either internally or externally depending on the requirement. The CAD team is actively involved with our Cadet training process: from recruitment of the Cadets through to their graduation from college. We currently have Deck, Engine and Electrical Cadets undergoing training and sailing on SPO's vessels. Nationalities include British, Filipino, Mexican, Ghanaian, Taiwanese, Papua New Guinean and Singaporean among others.
Training is also provided on board SPO's vessels by our own Fleet Operations Superintendents and Cook Trainer, as relevant, as well as by running regular safety drills. SPO also provides discretionary Back Deck Safety training for deck crew at accredited training centres in the Philippines.
SPO has a 15-day "Cooks' Upgrade" course in conjunction with staff at the United Marine Training Centre (UMTC) in Manila. This course is delivered at the Catering Upgrade Facility at UMTC, which was specifically designed and built for this purpose. The course is attended by our cooks from all regions and nationalities and is well received by all attendees.
However, most of the regular in-person courses detailed above were on hold since March 2020 because of the pandemic and border closures.
The number of discretionary training programmes SPO provides for our seagoing employees is extensive and covers the following: