Aviation standard human element safety training initiative with CAE

It is reported, that more than 80% of maritime accidents are due to human error, risking life, ship damage and costing the maritime industry millions of dollars. A unique initiative by the UK Club, in partnership with the world's largest aviation training company, offers and encourages a step change in crew training and safety outcomes. Introduced by the Club's Loss Prevention team in September 2019 to boost Member access to top-class safety training, the interactive human element safety initiative - in collaboration with global aviation leader CAE - now brings aviation and maritime together to provide members with exceptional human factor learning and instruction. At no cost.

CAE are leaders in the manufacture of flight simulators and aviation training, both technical and human element. Over five days in a classroom setting, members manage the human element at aviation training standards exploring leadership styles, decision making, problem-solving, delegation and error management in everyday situations. 

The course is designed especially for senior crew training officers, HSQE/HSSE managers, and DPAs. It makes available CAE's comprehensive MCRM learning materials and 'Train the Trainer' support.

Director of Loss Prevention at UK P&I Club, Stuart Edmonston: "The human element regularly features in maritime incidents handled at the Club and we're pleased to offer our members aviation's approach to safety, problem-solving and communication, reflected in CAE's Maritime Crew Resource Management (MCRM) learning programme."

As the global leader in aviation training, our mission is to enhance safety, efficiency and readiness,'' said Nick Wilcox, CAE Business Leader Maritime Training. "UK P&I Club promotes best practice and innovation in the maritime industry, and CAE is delighted to be partnering with an organization that shares similar values.

For more details on the initiative, visit the CAE website. Additionally, Members can contact our Loss Prevention department via Katie Hill, Senior Loss Prevention Technician.


Through the use of robust and detailed real-life case studies, along with more than 45 video drama clips set in the Engine Room and Bridge, course participants are taught key safety guards across the following 14 modules.

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Understanding physical and psychological limitations on human performance and factors that can lead to loss of performance.

Common hazardous and safe thoughts and understanding how attitudes affect behaviour.

Factors that influence awareness, maintaining good awareness and spotting the signs of a loss in situational awareness.

The need for cultural awareness, different types of culture and how culture can affect behaviour.

Principles of good communication and the importance of briefings.

The need for a balance between authority and assertiveness and the dangers of extreme combinations.

The importance of establishing a Challenge and Response environment, how to make a challenge and how to respond to challenges.

When to apply a short term strategy and recognising the influence of risk and time on the decision making process. Lateral thinking (problem solving).

Recognise different workloads, the importance of pre-planning, problems at the start and during delegation and how to delegate correctly. On board training and coaching.

Automation characteristics and dangers, people’s attitudes towards automation and the importance of applying MCRM techniques to automation.

Six team states, being able to recognise the “states” and the factors that affect them.

Types of errors (including "blunt" and "sharp-end" errors), types of defences and countermeasures and a policy for responding to and learning from errors.

Leadership styles, how to identify them and when to use them. Leadership dealing with crisis. Motivation as part of Leadership training.

Different categories of decision, how to classify decisions, influence of initial preference and hidden pressure on decision-making.

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