The majority of the Viking Fishing Division’s employees are seagoing workers and a large proportion of the company’s training budget is dedicated to ensuring they are trained to work safely at sea − and are well prepared for any eventuality.
Safety Familiarisation training is offered to maritime recruits who plan to apply for a Seaman’s Record Book – a SAMSA requirement for all seagoing employees. Safety Familiarisation training includes formal fire fighting, survival and first aid courses. Every sea-going employee is required to attend these courses on a regular basis, so as to ensure that they fully comply with SAMSA’s Safe Manning regulations and are always prepared for emergencies. The Viking Fishing Division is accredited by SAMSA to run Safety Familiarisation courses.
All officers, whether they work on deck or in the engine room, are required by SAMSA to ensure that their ancillary courses are up to date.
Able Seaman training is a licensing requirement for deckhands working on large fishing vessels. The Viking Fishing Division offers Able Seaman training at its quayside premises in Cape Town. Able Seaman trainees are equipped with the knowledge they need to work successfully and safely on the deck of a trawler. Lectures and practical demonstrations help trainees to pass their exams and embark on careers that might one day see them qualify as officers or even skippers.
HACCP training is mandated by the National Regulator for Compulsory Standards (NRCS). All sea-going employees are schooled in the basic principles of hygiene and food safety, so that they understand and observe good hygiene practices, enabling the Viking Fishing Division to meet the exacting standards of the HACCP food safety system.
Regular forklift training is mandatory for forklift drivers. Training is focused on driving and safety skills.