Posts Tagged ‘ECDIS’

First 50 ECDIS training places awarded by Admiralty

July 12, 2012

The first prize draw has just taken place, for our global training initiative. Qualified bridge officers from around the world entered to win a free place on a generic ECDIS training course, based on IMO Model Course 1.27 (Operational use of ECDIS), and 50 professional mariners will now be able to undertake comprehensive training at global maritime colleges.

ECDIS training

In a poll of entrants, it emerged that bridge officers believe the most important benefit of digital navigation will be “improved maritime safety”. How can we not agree with this; comprehensive and early mariner training is vital if the industry is to achieve the full safety and efficiency benefits of digital navigation.

Mariners who answered our questions also recognise the need to complete ECDIS training to secure a job at sea with 86 per cent of respondents saying it’s vital or quite important. Training is a priority for mariners due to the mandatory carriage of ECDIS, which came into force 1st July 2012

“Bridge officers are clearly well aware that ECDIS training is crucial to make the transition to digital navigation successful and to deliver improved safety and efficiency.” Ian Moncrieff CBE, Chief Executive of UKHO, highlights the need for sufficient ECDIS training amongst crew, “As an industry, we have a duty to ensure that training produces mariners who are competent and confident in the use of the digital tools on the bridge. We firmly believe that comprehensive ECDIS training based on the IMO Model Course is the first step in that process, and we hope our campaign contributes in a small way by starting that process for 100 mariners.”

For your chance to win, enter our second draw to win one of a further 50 ECDIS training courses. Winners will be announced in September 2012 and mariners can enter via the campaign website or the Admiralty Facebook page.

Spoiled, smart and tech-savvy – and coming to a ship near you

July 12, 2012

The next generation of seafarers are spoiled, require constant stimulation, unbroken contact with friends and family and are unimpressed by traditional means of learning and appraisal. That’s one conclusion of the Nautical Institute’s latest piece of research into Generation Y seafarers.

From the other end of the telescope, Gen-Y are enquiring, enthusiastic, engaged and eager to learn and be informed, though lack the corporate loyalty of previous generations.

Stephen Gosling was not at last week’s Global VSAT Forum to unveil a shiny product or talk about the future of satellite communications, but rather to talk about the needs, wants and ideas of a very specific bunch of mariners.

In the western world, Gen-Y is generally agreed to have been born between 1981 and 1999 and so is comprised of teenagers and young people lately arrived in the workforce.

Tasked with expanding Gen-Y membership and increasing understanding of their needs and aspirations, Gosling, the Nautical Institute’s Training & Quality Manager, developed a programme to meet and survey as many as he could. Person-to-person interviews with 100 Gen-Y sea staff were followed up with branch focus groups and an online survey.

His results made for a fascinating presentation – a welcome relief from the hardware of satellite communications and its endless acronyms. Gen-Y is the humanware that will staff the ships of the future and it is clear that the increased bandwidth and always-on communications promised by VSAT will be essential to attracting and retaining them.

Sailors on a laptop

Image courtesy of Edwin de Jongh

“Gen-Y are bright, they are not shy of challenge. They need to be stimulated and to see opportunities. They are interviewing you as much as you are interviewing them,” Gosling declared. “They are motivated by outcomes and rewards; they need feedback and want their managers to be involved. The concept of the cadet as being seen and not heard is as far from their experience as one can imagine.”

Most Gen-Ys will expect to have a zig-zag career, unafraid to jump ship seeking individual achievement and betterment. A portfolio career is simply part of the process of making transitions, but their work-life balance is important; employers must offer them flexible working and the company that acknowledges their interests off ship will gain their loyalty. As Gosling put it: “The first rule of retention is to listen to them.”

As if it was needed, he reminded delegates that this is ‘the spoilt generation’, one which in some countries are known as ‘little emperors’, happiest when they feel they are being listened to and respected. In return, Gosling said, they will perform at their best but they like context and to see the big picture and role they play within it. Blindly following orders is unlikely to be attractive.

When it comes to technology, they are even more of a handful. Gosling described sitting a Gen-Y cadet down in front of an Inmarsat-C unit (the legacy unit used for sending distress and telex messages) as ‘suicide’.

“Gen-Y is tech savvy, well connected to technology for information and communication. The web fuels their hunger for easily accessible data and research for work and social purposes,” Gosling continued. Broadband is becoming more and more available at sea, but one wonders if there is enough satellite bandwidth to satisfy Gen-Y.

“This is the gaming generation which works things out for themselves. Put a master and a cadet in front of an ECDIS and while the master is looking for the power button, the cadet has plotted a course and had a coffee,” Gosling declared. I later asked him if he was joking and all I got in return was a wistful smile. I suspect it reflects reality onboard some ships.

Most of all it is social media that dominates. This collision of technology and networking has created ‘a perpetual need to be connected to friends and family and colleagues’, according to Gosling. Generation X-ers like myself get social media, even if we aren’t very good at it. Gen-Y has something close to a genuine addiction.

Gosling cited a study where a group of American 11-17 year olds had their social media access blocked for seven days. The subjects exhibited something called Facebook depression, negative symptoms akin to alcohol or tobacco withdrawal. “Now imagine having that blocked for four months at a time. It’s not a great prospect for those considering a maritime career,” he added.

Gen-Y’s technology addiction is not all bad, despite what their parents might think. Technology plays a big role in professional development, helping them keep up to date using a variety of sources. Gen-Y prefer to use the web and web-based services to connect to their peer network and sources that appeal to their emotional intelligence. They need feedback, they welcome coaching and mentoring, but formal Continual Personal Development is an unfamiliar concept.

“We can say that Gen Y is confident, ambitious and savvy. They thrive on instant connectivity and they depend on connections to keep up. Their needs and aspirations are for real-time communications and modern technology, to seek and exchange information and connect with friends, colleagues and family.”

As Gosling pointed out, there is something of a mismatch between this profile and the stuttering progress towards wider connectivity at sea.

“It’s pretty hard to imagine that more Gen-Ys will want to enter a maritime domain that deprives them of the technologies and services that have shaped who they are and how they think and feel.”

By Neville Smith

 

Admiralty launches new Nautical Publications and Training Packages

July 5, 2012

Ian Moncrieff CBE, Chief Executive, UKHO, explains why Admiralty has developed a series of training tools to help seagoers operate safely with ECDIS

Ian Moncrieff CBE

If the maritime industry is to realise the full benefits of ECDIS, it is essential that bridge watchkeepers are properly trained to be confident and proficient in planning and conducting navigation with ENCs on ECDIS and back of bridge systems.

We share the worry that we have heard from shipping companies that there is a shortage of ECDIS-trained deck officers. There is still a lack of clarity and understanding around training, which might lead to delays in getting crews trained or to crews receiving inadequate training. This is compounding the structural problem that there are simply a lot of people to be trained over a relatively short period of time – between 140,000 and 200,000 mariners in the next six years, according to industry estimates.

At Admiralty, we have sought to play our part in improving this situation. This week, we launched a new series of tools called ‘Practical Use of ENCs,’ which includes two new nautical publications, a one-day training course run by Admiralty experts for maritime lecturers and training professionals, and a computer-based training course.

The Nautical Publications

NP231 the Admiralty Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs is a clearly illustrated hardback publication with screenshots, top tips and hints on getting the most from ENCs. The Guide has been written by experienced practitioners and validated with a number of maritime college trainers, and, as the title states, is focussed on practical application by the bridge watchkeeper who may be new to ECDIS and ENCs. It explains the processes and terminology in seagoer’s language.

Admiralty is also publishing a new supporting reference guide: NP5012 the Admiralty Guide to ENC Symbols used in ECDIS. Both publications are available through the Admiralty Distributor Network.

Practical Use of ENCs NP231

The Training Course

While there are many courses that offer training in the use of generic and type-specific ECDIS to comply with STCW regulations, there is little available that focuses specifically on the practical guidance to using ENCs or cover the interaction between ENCs and the various ECDIS systems. The Practical Use of ENCs series of tools has been designed to fill this gap.

This instructor-led course run by Admiralty experts has also been designed specifically for nationally accredited maritime lecturers or industry training professionals. This course has been developed to supplement the IMO Model Training Course 1.27 on the Operational Use of ECDIS. The course will enable lecturers and trainers to provide their students with a fuller understanding of the interaction between ENC data, ECDIS software and the ECDIS user.

The Computer-Based Training (CBT) Course

The Admiralty Guide to the Practical Use of ENCs also has a CD CBT with a run time of around 4 hours; this programme is designed to complement the instructor-led training and new nautical publications. It’s available through the Admiralty Distributor Network.

This “Practical Use of ENCs “ series of tools adds to our other wider training initiatives that include a worldwide promotion enabling 100 mariners to receive a sponsored place on a generic ECDIS training course, and a global series of Digital Integration Workshops on how to prepare end-to-end for compliance with the mandatory carriage of ECDIS. The Workshops have been receiving accolades where they have been delivered so far and are aimed at helping shipping companies’ superintendents through the complete process of preparing for, selecting, fitting and setting-to -work an ECDIS suite and ENC fit on their ships.

All these initiatives are on-going: our next workshop will be taking place in Germany at SMM Hamburg, 4-7 September 2012, and attendees can sign up for a free place here. Qualified bridge officers working on international trading ships can enter the ECDIS training places promotion here.

While our offering is modest in comparison to what needs to be done, we hope that it will raise awareness of this significant challenge facing the industry.

For more information on the Practical Use of ENCs tools, please contact customerservices@ukho.gov.uk.

In the news

June 22, 2012

From computer-based training to sustainable development, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Computer-based training – Shipowners, technology companies and training providers are still uncertain about the level of computer-based training that will be permitted on board ships for learning about specific ECDIS equipment, Lloyd’s List reports. While training is imperative for those using ECDIS, many maritime training colleges do not provide type-specific training, therefore many manufacturers are creating their own CBT training. The IMO will discuss the validity of CBT when its Standards of Training and Watchkeeping sub-committee meets later this year.

Interview with Lloyd’s Register – Environmental Manager of Marine Product Development at Lloyd’s Register Katharine Palmer tells gCaptain about the environmental impacts of shipping and how her role helps to improve this. Palmer has launched a new emissions control area (ECA) calculator, helping shipping companies to ensure that they are complying with emission regulations.

World Maritime Day 2013 - The International Maritime Organization has selected “Sustainable Development:  IMO’s contribution beyond Rio+20” as the theme for World Maritime Day 2013. The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20, is to be held in Rio de Janeiro next year and is expected to be the largest event in the history of the United Nations. gCaptain writes that the event looks to bring together governments, international institutions and major groups in order to achieve renewed political commitment on sustainable development and “define pathways to a safer, more equitable, cleaner, greener and more prosperous world for all.”

Rio+20

IMO salute to brave souls at sea – The 2012 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea will go to members of rescue crews from Canada and Chile for their actions in saving the lives of persons in distress at sea. Marine Café Blog reports that Sergeant Janick Gilbert (posthumously), Master Corporal Max Lahaye-Lemay and Master Corporal Marco Journeyman were nominated for saving the lives of two Inuit hunters, who were stranded in an open boat in icy waters near Igloolik, Nunavut, in freezing temperatures, strong winds and 20 to 30 foot (six to nine metre) swells, during an operation that lasted five hours, in October 2011.

Have you read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share?

 

MOL steers prudent path to mandatory ECDIS

June 21, 2012

During the recent Sea-Japan exhibition, we were fortunate to be able to interview leading Japanese shipowners to discuss their progress in the digital navigation transition. In our series of features on Japan’s ‘big three,’ Takaai Inoue, chief engineer and general manager of safety operations for Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL) talks about the challenges of adoption, training and flag state implementation.

ECDIS is not new to MOL; the company has used a combination of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) and Electronic Chart System (ECS) on its owned fleet since 2006. The process which it will adopt going forward will be a complete move from unofficial ECS to the approved and SOLAS-compliant ECDIS.

This process is made somewhat complicated by the fact that MOL is both shipowner and operator. Currently MOL owns 310 ships and has an operated fleet of a further 950, which means it must monitor the progress of its owners in complying with the mandate.

“For the chartered ships we will see how their owners respond. We will observe what the shipowners do and how they are intending to introduce ECDIS,” says Mr Inoue. “We make regular inspections of chartered tonnage, we visit and confirm that the vessel is compliant. We don’t make direct enquiries, but we check the status on an individual ship basis.”

Of MOL’s owned fleet, he says almost all have ECDIS installed but he says there is no distinction by ship type in terms of priority for moving to digital navigation. At present, the skillset remains with the paper charts that seafarers have used for many years.

“A key part of the challenge is to change the mind set of seafarers, particularly among middle-aged mariners. A typical example would be that when a mariner is on watch, the older generation looks out of the window and the younger tends to just look at the radar and ECDIS. There is a huge gap in terms of mind set among the generations – a gap in terms of behaviour,” he says.

“Changing the mind set of elder seafarers will be a key challenge but this is also true for the younger ones,” he continues. “We need to convey the spirit of the change, simply sending a document out to the fleet to be shared is not an effective method of communication for the younger generation. It must be conveyed on-site through the experience of a respected and trusted captain.”

To address this need, MOL uses training superintendents, who provide on-the-job training and are regularly dispatched to the ship to give ECDIS instruction to junior officers.

“The captain and the chief are very busy so we rely on senior staff to provide on the job training to younger seafarers to supplement the training. Through this exercise and instruction they can provide the onboard familiarisation,” he says.


In terms of classroom training, his department’s focus is in the first place on ensuring adequate capacity. He says some 2,700 MOL masters and officers need to be trained, of which 800 have already completed generic training. How the company fulfils generic training varies depending on nationality – Japanese and European seafarers are trained in MOL’s in-house training centres whereas its Filipino, Indian and Russian personnel are trained through third party training facilities.

And as he points out, the requirement for generic ECDIS training runs for the next seven years, after which newly qualified officers will have satisfied the requirements for ECDIS as part of their basic training. But he is clearly frustrated that the requirement to satisfy type specific training is spread between so many different manufacturers.

“The training is a problem mostly because there are so many different designs of ECDIS available. We have to involve the manufacturers in the process but the functionality is so different between them. We need to have a basic design or agreed standard. As a user I feel if we could do that it will accelerate our maturity with existing devices and make the process easier.”

There are other frustrations too, notably the decision by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority to effectively make ECDIS regulations mandatory at its ports from July 1 this year. As major trading partners, the change affects Japanese owners directly.

“The general process of compulsory carriage of ECDIS means we need to advance the introduction of ECDIS but even before the deadlines, some flag states are behaving as though the rules are already in force. How to respond to those flag states is something we have to consider.”

Mr Inoue is concerned that this represents an additional unnecessary burden on operations.

“When ECDIS is listed as safety equipment Australian port state control will require complete evidence of training and certification even though the rules are not yet mandatory.  To be frank this is an annoying situation. Port state inspections were previously vague on requirements and now we have to quickly put more structure in place.”

Mr Inoue says he doesn’t expect to see a big change in terms of operating procedures when MOL replaces paper with ENCs. But he does expect the availability of the latest updates and overlays to improve safety of navigation.

“Reducing the workload means officers can concentrate on the lookout. Maintaining a good lookout by every possible means is the most important contribution to safety of operations. We have to encourage the young not to depend on technology too much, that would be a mistake. Young people should use all five senses – this is something we have to convey,” he says.

By Neville Smith

Onboard implementation – seeking continuous improvement

June 20, 2012

It’s been an eventful voyage through the nine stages towards ECDIS compliance. But having navigated using the waypoints provided by Admiralty, the passage should have been smooth, if not without some challenges along the way.

As the journey has progressed, Admiralty has supported the process with a programme of workshops around the world, bringing the nine stages to life and helping shipowners, managers, superintendents and navigators understand what the changes will mean for them and how they can prepare.

The final but arguably most important stage of transition to ECDIS is the onboard implementation. This forms a second part of the transition phase described in stage eight, a period during which the owner will support each individual ship to ensure safe and effective implementation of ECDIS training and procedures, as well as the equipment itself.

Bridge at dusk

Our ECDIS expert Paul Hailwood says this phase marks the start of digital navigation for real and requires that the ship, its crew and the shipping company make sure that the process continues to move forward even as the ship begins to navigate with ECDIS.

“The key thing with implementation is that you work out a way to carry on, to continuously improve what you have laid out over the whole transition. Everything you have done until now is for nothing if you’re not making sure the implementation is correct,” he says.

Explaining the difference between stage 8: transition and stage 9 implementation, Paul adds that the transition stage is, ’the short period between paper and ENCs,’ but implementation is ‘when all the procedures and training become effective onboard’.

Key to this is the auditing process. Once ECDIS has been implemented onboard, any future bridge or navigation audits should include assessments of the effectiveness of the ECDIS training, procedures and installation. This in turn could lead to further reviews of the company’s ECDIS procedures and its policies in future.

“In some senses this is a circular concept,” explains Hailwood. “In the audit we might identify issues with the training, it might be in the training that we identify issues with the procedures, but somewhere in there at any point we can identify where we can change things, improve things, move things on, but there should be an audit programme which includes and incorporates ECDIS.”

In general Hailwood says such tweaks are minor changes rather than a complete overhaul provided a methodical approach has been followed. “If we have gone through the nine stages process, then this won’t be a problem.”

However, trying to sail on ECDIS and learn on the job is doomed to failure, he says. “If we think we can join the ship and sail today without being familiar with the equipment and all the other elements, then it won’t work. We would quickly find that issues would crop up all over the place and the temptation would be to try and fix them as we go along. If we’ve gone through the proper process, then all we should be doing at this stage is checking to see that the processes work.”

The importance of review and audit is also to ensure that mariners are up to speed with any changes that affect navigation directly or with amendments to regulations that they need to be aware of. It is important to remember that sailing on ECDIS for primary navigation has legal equivalence to the use of paper charts and that ECDIS for situational awareness could also require a complete demonstration of competence.

“All the elements, for example, procedures, should have a review date where the company can change and move things around because the world of ECDIS and electronic charts is dynamic,” says Hailwood. “There might be an incident somewhere and you need to be aware of that. If a new product comes out, it could have an effect on the process.”

“It’s not rocket science, it should be more about common sense but it does mean that having an expert bridge auditor working within the fleet is key. It’s also important to remember that from now on, you are an ECDIS ship.”

Admiralty continues to run free, ‘Are you ready for the ECDIS regulations’ workshops at international shipping events. The next workshops take place at SMM Hamburg 2012 from 4 – 7 September 2012; for more information and to register, please visit: www.admiralty.co.uk/admiraltyworkshops

You can also download Admiralty’s helpful 9 stage guide for getting ready for the new ECDIS regulations which summarises the topics covered.

By Neville Smith

 

Training is top ECDIS priority for Posidonia attendees

June 18, 2012

The Admiralty team has just returned from Posidonia in Athens, where our ECDIS expert, Captain Paul Hailwood, presented the ‘Are you ready for the new ECDIS regulations?’ workshop to nearly 100 delegates. Feedback was extremely positive and we added in two extra sessions to the schedule to meet demand.

Regular blog readers will know that the workshop is designed to help shipping companies prepare for ECDIS compliance. It explains the process in nine clear stages, from identifying key SOLAS compliance dates through to training, risk assessment and the actual transition to electronic navigational charts (ENCs).

Posidonia workshop

Most people attending the workshops at Posidonia were at the beginning of their ECDIS journey and just starting to think about the implications of implementing a digital navigation strategy. Asked about their priorities, the most popular issue was crew training, in particular type-specific training for officers who have completed generic training. How to develop procedures for ECDIS and risk assessment also generated a high number of mentions during Q&A.

If you would like to attend a workshop, we’re running more free sessions at SMM Hamburg 2012 from 4 – 7 September 2012. For more information and to register, please visit: www.admiralty.co.uk/admiraltyworkshops

You can also download our helpful 9 stage guide for getting ready for the new ECDIS regulations which summarises the topics covered.

 

In the news

June 15, 2012

From ECDIS to fuel savings, we’ve been keeping an eye on all the most interesting stories from the maritime industry. Here’s a selection of articles from the past week:

Advice from shipping gurus – A group of top figures from the shipping industry gathered at Lloyd’s List’s inaugural business briefing at Posidonia. The group provided advice for the next generation of maritime professionals including a call to ‘learn Chinese’ – highlighting the increasingly important role Asia will play in the maritime industry’s future.

Green measures are all about fuel savingsIHS Fairplay reports that Lars Jensen, CEO of SeaIntel, has claimed that green measures for box liners are driven by “fuel savings and regulations”. A related study by SeaIntel into the environmental efforts of 20 carriers concluded that methodologies currently being used by many companies to report carbon emissions are fundamentally flawed.

SMIT Lamnalco tug at work

Image courtesy of gCaptain

Interview with SMIT Lamnalco’s CEO - Daan Koornneef, Chief Executive Officer of SMIT Lamnalco known for its salvage operations, talks with gCaptain about ships, security, the company itself, and his career. He highlights the need for training with reference to both SMIT Lamnalco and in the shipping industry generally.

Have you read anything interesting this week that you’d like to share?

 

Transition phase is not a big bang moment

June 12, 2012

We’re nearing the end of our series looking at each of the 9 stages in Admiralty’s guide for getting ready for the new ECDIS regulations

The eighth stage of ECDIS transition is the transition itself, when all the training, procedures, installation and approvals come together onboard ship. From here, there is no turning back but our ECDIS expert Paul Hailwood says the process to date should mean that the company and the ships are prepared for the changeover.

Companies that have already made the switch have identified onboard transition as an important practical stage and the evidence suggests it should be company-led rather than making it the responsibility of the master and his officers.

“It might not seem a big topic, but if it’s handled incorrectly it can have a big impact.  You’ve got the equipment, you’ve done the training, the Flag State is happy, your ship is ready to roll and what you’re asking yourself as a company is: how are we going to make that actual transition?” he says.

This might mean a ‘once and for all’ switch from paper to Electronic Navigational Charts, but more likely it will mean a gradual transition, reducing the reliance on paper over time. The choice will depend to some extent on whether the ship concerned is the first to transition or the part of a fleet which is already moving to ECDIS.

The length of time taken could vary between weeks and months to ensure that enough time has been allowed for officers and crew to gain the onboard experience they need to navigate safely and with confidence. During this period the bridge team will be able to put new navigation procedures into practice and seek clarification and review if required.

Overall ECDIS strategy, bridge team experience and even regional requirements can all make a difference, but the company should have a policy for its approach that means all parties are aware of what the changes mean to them.

“When it’s the first ship and the first officers in a fleet to go through transition, the company might put in a long stretch as the bedding-in period and during that time they will gradually reduce paper charts,” Hailwood continues.

But Hailwood says the transition cannot be open-ended. The danger of allowing too long for transition is that the ship has to double its workload, running full paper charts and ECDIS, creating inefficiencies and the risk that officers will fail to complete required tasks correctly

There is, he adds, a need to pay close attention while the transition is being made. An important role for the company is establishing a shore-based ECDIS mentor officer who fully understands and appreciates the ECDIS issues on board the ships and can provide appropriate response.

“Support could mean having a consultant, a manufacturer’s representative or technical support from the shore office onboard for a while and it should also include a bridge officer who has already navigated on ECDIS to bring an additional level of practical experience,” he adds. “It depends on the experience and expertise inside the company, but they shouldn’t assume that this is a big bang – it’s how you are going to manage that transition over time.”

Even done properly, there may be some nervousness to begin with, but one of the common themes in ECDIS adoption is that navigators seldom if ever want to go back once they have made the move to digital navigation.

“That’s certainly the intention,” Hailwood says. “Once the crew is sailing on ECDIS, the benefits become clear and the improvements in safety are tangible. You will learn a lot from the first transition and that will help the next ship, the next ship and all those that follow.”

By Neville Smith

Have you received ECDIS training?

May 29, 2012

Admiralty has been travelling the world with its ‘Are you ready for the ECDIS regulations?’ workshops and feedback from attendees has been clear: crew training is one of the industry’s top priorities. This has been the feedback from every workshop that we have held so far; in Hamburg, Mumbai, Tokyo, Shanghai, Singapore and Connecticut.

It’s not surprising, as the mandatory carriage of ECDIS will fundamentally change the way that we navigate. Comprehensive and early mariner training is vital if the industry is to achieve the full safety and efficiency benefits of digital navigation.

The integration of ECDIS into bridge operations for primary navigation is expected to make navigation simpler, safer, and more efficient. To highlight the benefits, we’re offering free ECDIS training to 100 bridge officers around the world.

If you are a qualified bridge officer working on international trading ships, and have not yet received generic ECDIS training, you can apply for your chance to win a place on a generic ECDIS training course based on the IMO Model Course 1.27 (Operational use of ECDIS).

“We need to support bridge watchkeepers to ensure they are prepared for a new era of navigation,” explains Chief Executive of the UK Hydrographic Office and Admiralty, Ian Moncrieff CBE. “Clear and properly accredited training will ensure they have the skills to make digital navigation a success, improving both the safety of life at sea and efficiency on the bridge. We hope our promotion will contribute by starting that process for 100 mariners.”

For more information on Admiralty’s training promotion and to register for your chance to win, please visit https://admiraltytraining.admiralty.co.uk/.


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