By advocating proper training and best practices, the shipping teacher and Master Mariner is building his authority in the Ocean Space through his Articles on OceanHub.
Capt. Mehrdad Behforouzi knows all about safety at sea. As a Master Mariner, Mehrdad transported nickel ore, which is often referred to as the "world's most dangerous cargo."
Between 2010 and 2013, for example, six vessels that were loaded with nickel ore as cargo sank during their voyages to China, resulting in the loss of 81 seafarers. These sinking incidents are typically the result of liquefaction of the sensitive substance, a process which greatly affects the stability of the vessel. The result of liquefaction is a quick and deadly capsizing.
Mehrdad worked on a large Supramax bulk carrier with a capacity of 50,000 to 60,000 DWT which was carrying the sensitive minerals. Beforehand, Mehrdad researched all the best practices for transporting nickel ore in order to learn all he needed to keep the ship safe. As a result of his attention to detail and preparedness, Mehrdad has only successful and safe experiences with transporting nickel ore under his watch.
"Safety is the rule number one in maritime," he said. "No one should ever ignore safety even for one second. Thats why seafarers learn and practice the safety aspects in their daily life during all operations. Proper training and experience is essential."
Today, Mehrdad shares his knowledge and experience as an Influencer on OceanHub. With 15 years of master sailing experience, Mehrdad also serves as a senior teacher at International Maritime College in Oman (IMCO).
As an OceanHub Influencer, Mehrdad is sharing knowledge from his own sea experience as well as from his time teaching at Maritime colleges and nautical institutions. Mehrdad is an active member of OceanHub, blogging about his experience sailing to different ports around the world aboard a variety of vessel types. He plans to write future Articles related to ship maneuvering, cargo work and management.
"I would like to share my experiences to improve the safety of all seafarers," he said.
About Mehrdad Behforouzi He is a Master mariner with 15 years of command experience on board different types of ocean going vessels and 12 years of intermittent teaching in different maritime colleges and institutes. In 2015, he started as a senior nautical teacher at International Maritime College Oman, where he leads courses in Terrestrial Navigation, Deck Watch & Regulations in Simulator, Maritime Law, Electronic Navigations, Human Resources, Radar and ARPA at management level.
Mehrdad earned his Master's degree in Navigation (class one) from Iran in 1985. In 2017, he received a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Applied Science and Technology in Iran.
On OceanHub: "It is absolutely necessary to have a platform where seafarers, manufacturers, managers can get to know each other, meet and share their ideas."
Learn more about Mehrdad and his Articles on OceanHub by visiting his Profile. You can find the complete answers to his OceanHub interview below.
"Education and training play a vital role in maritime training, which will be completed by gaining experience at sea. Today's maritime has become faster which requires seafarers to make the best decision and preparation in a short time."
"They are mostly anxious about autonomous shipping and they are kind of worried about their future and job opportunities."
Here at IMCO, the students learn to apply and practice rules of the road in simulators. We create different scenarios for students from Year 1 to year 4 and they learn navigational lights and shapes. They take action to avoid collisions. They plan their passage and practice position fixing as real time. They also learn to think critically. In additionI, I teach short courses such as i-RADAR & ARPA management and ii- RADAR at the operational level.
They should learn to think critically by increasing their knowledge and experience. They should improve their decision making. In addition, they should take care for improving the safety and security of navigation preserving the environment. They should also contribute in maritime activities.
What is your specific area of knowledge, insight, experience and expertise?
I studied nautical sciences after finishing my high school aiming to become a Master mariner. I was sailing as a Captain on board different types of ocean going vessels for 15 years. In 2015, I stopped sailing and I joined to IMCO (International Maritime College Oman) on December 2015 and started working as a senior nautical teacher. I am also a professional in simulator training and recently managed to get my MBA certificate.
What is your current status, and where are you from?
Currently I am working as a senior nautical teacher at IMCO. I am of Iranian nationality.
Totally I worked 25 years at sea; 10 years as a deck officer and 15 years as a Master. I have been a teacher in a maritime college since December 2015.
I prefer to blog about my experiences which are combined with my knowledge. I have a lot of experience working on board different types of vessels and sailing to different ports around the world. In addition I prefer to blog about ship maneuvering, cargo work and management.
What do you hope to accomplish on OceanHub?
I hope to make Oceanhub proud and to promote Oceanhub as a place where professional people will find new methods and procedures. I also thank Oceanhub for giving me the opportunity to write and create Articles.
It is absolutely necessary to have a platform where seafarers, manufacturers, managers can get to know each other, meet and share their ideas.
What is the best advice you could give your IMCO students for how they can prepare for their maritime career?
"They should learn to think critically by increasing their knowledge and experience. They should improve their decision making and in addition care for improving safety & security of navigation preserving the environment. They should also contribute in maritime activities."