Steamship Authority chooses Marine Learning Systems to provide Learning Management System services

Posted: April 10, 2019

Steamship Authority chooses Marine Learning Systems
to provide Learning Management System services

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FALMOUTH (April 10, 2019) – The Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority has entered into an agreement with Marine Learning Systems Inc. to provide the Authority with its first-ever process-based Learning Management System (LMS) program, both organizations announced today.

Marine Learning Systems’ proprietary software, MarineLMS, will act as the Authority’s central hub for delivering and managing its marine and shore side training and assessment programs. The secure web-based platform will be accessible to all Authority personnel, which in the summer includes more than 700 individuals.

“We are extremely pleased to enter into this agreement with Marine Learning Systems,” said Robert B. Davis, the Authority’s general manager. “From the beginning of our search for an LMS system for the Steamship Authority, they quickly emerged as a leader in the field and were our clear preference for the job at hand. I strongly believe using their MarineLMS system will provide a clear advantage to our personnel and the entire organization.”

“The Steamship Authority has been truly proactive and thoughtful in their search for a Learning Management System provider that shares their commitment to safety and the highest standards in training. We are thrilled to be chosen to provide them with a robust solution that will help ensure the safest maritime operations possible,” said Murray Goldberg, founder and CEO of Marine Learning Systems. “We firmly believe that optimizing safety and performance requires a structured, practical, and insights-based approach to training. We’ve seen first-hand how the effective deployment of an LMS affects an operator’s approach to engagement with front-line personnel and how it supports a strong safety culture; we’re excited to work alongside the Steamship Authority as they do the same.”

Marine Learning Systems, based in Vancouver, British Columbia, includes among its customers some of the largest marine operations in the world, including Washington State Ferries/Washington Department of Transportation, the Staten Island Ferry/New York City Department of Transportation, and BC Ferries. Locally, it also serves Boston Harbor Cruises and Hy-Line Cruises.

The Authority is already at work incorporating its training materials into the MarineLMS system in advance of its company-wide launch within the next few months. Further materials, including vessel-specific manuals now being developed, will be included on the system as they are completed.

Implementing a Learning Management System was one of the ten (10) recommendations to emerge from the comprehensive review of the Authority’s operations performed in 2018 by HMS Consulting, Glosten Associates and Rigor Analytics. The Authority is currently in the process of recruiting individuals who will fill key new management positions – namely, a director of marine operations and the health, safety, quality and environmental manager – as well as the vacant port captain position.

“I am extremely pleased by our progress over just the last few months as we seek to improve our operations, and our partnership with MarineLMS and bringing these key positions on board will even better position us to continue our implementation strategies with regard to HMS Consulting’s recommendations,” Davis said.

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