The first simulation training of Arkas, The Bridge Simulator (ARSEM 1), co-created by Arkas Merchant Fleet and Dokuz Eylul University, was initiated in 2017. Arkas has now increased the number of simulation trainings it has to a total of 5. The simulations ARSEM 1 and 2, ARSEM SINGAPUR, ARBUNK and ARSEM SHIPHANDLING were experienced by 200 captains.
Continuous learning and development with simulation trainings at Arkas
Research shows that the long-term retention rates in learning by reading is 10%, and attending audio trainings is 20%, while it increases dramatically to 70% in practical-theoretical trainings, making it the most effective training method.
The simulation training, the preparatory studies of which were initiated in early 2016, have been given in collaboration with Dokuz Eylul University since April 2017. With the Bridge Simulator (ARSEM 1), being the first to be used in this field, Arkas is contributing to the development of not only its own fleet, but the overall sector as well.
Improving the captains’ situational awareness and reflexes during an emergency, the aim of the trainings are minimum error and zero accidents. The simulations also show the importance Arkas gives to safety and trainings.
In the year 2018, during the evaluations carried out by a collaboration of Turkish Airlines, 9 Eylul University and ARKAS, a research was carried out to assess the attendees technical and soft skills. Even though there are similar applications that have been used before, taking inspiration from the methodology used in aviation trainings, Arkas has become a frontrunner by creating a simulation based training for the maritime industry with certain set criteria for the first time in the world.
The trainings are also of utmost importance as they aim to provide technical skills.
ARSEM 1 & ARSEM 2
In Arsem 1 and Arsem 2 Projects, current captains and executive officers who will be promoted to captainship in Arkas Merchant Fleet, as well as captain candidates who have just joined the fleet are evaluated with a simulation that consists of port and strait scenarios created using the experiences of Arkas captains.
The training provides a simulation of Port of Tanjung Pelepas (Malasia), Port of Singapur, the Strait Region, approaching Port of Chittagong and the Canal Region. Each captain attends to a one-day training.
The simulation consists of custom made scenerios for Arkas Bunker fleet captains, including possible dangers, difficulties and accidents that may occur during the bunker fuel transfer. Each captain attends to a one-day training.
On the first day of the training, Academic Knowledge Traning is delivered and simulation based Artificial Field Skill Applications are applied. The Bridge Simulation Applications are applied on the second day of the training.
Continuous Learning and Development for Minimum Error
Arkas Merchant Fleet General Manager Ali Ibrahim Kontaytekin shared the results obtained in the programme so far with figures, pointing out to the ‘zero accident’ target, “The fact that container vessels make on average 12,000 manoeuvres per year, and navigate in waters with dense traffic is a manifestation of the success of the project.” Kontaytekin also mentioned: “We have worked to repeat the success we have attained in the initial simulation project and diversify the programme with ARSEM 2, ARGEM Ship Handling, and Singapore Channel Simulations in collaboration with Dokuz Eylul University in order to continue achieving the zero-accident target. Nearly 200 of our captains have attended the simulation trainings.”
Our agenda, our mission: Protection of personal data
In parallel with developments in information technologies, the protection of personal data began to be recognised as one of the fundamental rights around the world and in the western world in particular. Various legislative regulations with the aim of securing personal data have been placed on the agenda.
Consequently, some pioneering regulations were introduced into the Turkish Penal Code and Constitution for the protection of personal data. This was followed by the enactment of Law No. 6698 on Personal Data Protection (KVKK) on 7 April 2016 in line with the European Union’s 95/46/EC Directive.
In the European Union, on the other hand, the personal data protection initiative went into effect pursuant to the EU Directive dated 25 October 1998 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) dated 25 May 2018.
Burak Özkan, Acar Ataseven, Cansu Tevattepe, Ayhan Ergenç, Ayhan Temel
What Does KVKK Regulate?
This law regulates all data-related procedures including the processes of obtaining, saving, and storing data, as well as transferring it to third parties or overseas organisations.
Why Is It Important?
The processing of personal data is recognised as the beginning of a new era. It is now necessary to process millions of pieces of data in the manner stipulated in the Law and to ensure protection of people’s rights arising from the processing of personal data.
Who Does It Involve?
It involves all real and legal persons who have access to personal data and who save, store, transfer, delete or destroy that data.
What are the Penalties?
In the case of non-compliance, “data controllers” can be subject to a prison term of between one and four years and administrative fines up to TRY 1,000,000 as stipulated in the Law.
Who is a Data Controller?
This phrase refers to real or legal persons (i.e. companies and enterprises) who designate why and how personal data is processed and who bears responsibility for the establishment and management of a data recording system.
Who is a Data Supervisor?
This phrase refers to the employees who we have authorised to be in charge of the establishment of personal data inventories on behalf of our companies, subsidiaries and business units during the compliance process as well as the coordination of personal data processing activities carried out within the company. There are two data supervisors assigned for each of our companies and business units.
Who is the Legal Authority?
The legal authority was established as pursuant to the Law and is known as the Personal Data Protection Agency which operates under the Presidency. The Agency is responsible for ensuring compliance with the Law and for taking the necessary measures. It is also authorised to publish resolutions and impose penalties.
What are the Goals?
The Law aims to prevent personal data from being processed unlimitedly and randomly, from being opened for access by unauthorised persons, as well as from being disclosed and misused or abused.
What does Arkas do in this respect?
With the participation of the Risk Management, Human Resources, Information Systems Directorates and the Corporate Strategy and Project Management Coordination Office, we have established a project group consisting of a supreme board and committee for the initiative “Arkas KVKK Harmonisation Project” within the scope of the KVKK compliance.
Led by Acar Ataseven as the project manager, the project team is comprised of Atty. Cansu Tevattepe, Ayhan Temel from the Personnel Affairs Department, and Ayhan Ergenc and Burak Ozkan from the Information Technologies Department.
Among the goals of the project group are the realisation of the harmonisation programme, which will include legal, procedural, technological and security aspects for compliance with the KVKK legislation, within the corporate structure, as well ensuring the continuity of all business processes by engaging the necessary control and management mechanisms, and raising overall awareness in the management of personal data so as not to be limited only to comprehensive systemic regulations.
To this end, we provided Arkas Holding affiliates and subsidiaries with “awareness-raising training sessions” on five different occasions which saw the participation of approximately 100 officials, and which succeeded in finalising all inventory regulation activities.
Independently of the KVKK activities, due to the global structure of Arkas, we are also carrying out activities with regards to compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in every country for all our business units and agencies operating both at home and abroad.
What will we be doing for KVKK in the upcoming periods?
Following inventory queries, the Arkas KVKK Harmonisation Project is now at the analysis stage. At this stage, we are drawing detailed personal data processing maps of our companies and conducting pre-compliance analysis activities. In conjunction with these efforts, we are also realising several technical and administrative measures.
We will finish registering the inventories in the Data Controllers Registration System (VERBIS) by the legally announced deadline of 30 September 2019 and begin to follow up the declaration processes of the Arkas companies.