All bridge officers on vessels which have ECDIS as the primary means of navigation are required to complete two types of ECDIS training:
Generic ECDIS training is based on IMO Model Course 1.27 and approved by the relevant Maritime Administration. The required course length is 40 hours and is delivered by colleges, training centres or mobile training company.
Type-specific ECDIS training is given by the ECDIS manufacturer or his authorized representative. Also known as ECDIS Familiarisation, the regulatory requirements are covered by the ISM Code (including sections 6.3 & 6.5) and the STCW Convention Regulation I/14, which require a company to establish procedures to ensure that new personnel and personnel transferred to new assignments related to safety and protection of the environment are given proper familiarisation with their duties.
We can assist shipowners with these training obligations by offering:
Type specific Navmaster ECDIS training:
We offer a simple and cost-effective DVD course which can be used onboard by any number of officers and provides formal assessment and certification.
We offer a type-specific training and certification course on DVD to enable Navmaster ECDIS customers to comply with regulations in the most cost-effective way. All watchkeeping officers are required by STCW and the ISM Code to have familiarisation training in the ECDIS they use.
“More often than not, SIRE inspectors are enquiring about type specific training and they are satisfied seeing our staff onboard undergoing the Navmaster training course. Our crews have become more confident when using the ECDIS and are now aware of most of the features, thereby utilising the ECDIS more. The Navmaster course also helps 2nd officers to upload chart corrections.” Mr Mangala Herath, Wallem Germany superintendent
One DVD onboard can be used by any number of officers
- Needs only a PC & email, internet is not needed
- Removes the need to attend shore-based courses
- Gives managers flexibility to move officers more easily between ships
- Provides easy access to refresher training
- Assessment test generates temporary certificate
- Verified certificate branded with your company logo
Generic ECDIS training
We supply a DNV-approved Desktop ECDIS Trainer in various configurations from software only to larger installations.
The PC Maritime ECDIS simulators provide an advanced affordable solution for generic ECDIS training. The range is designed for maritime training centres and individual ship owners in compliance with the latest STCW requirements.
"These simulators give our students an excellent tool to learn all about ECDIS and how it is used onboard." Capt van der Vee, General Manager, Wallem Maritime Training Centre
- ECDIS training according to IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27, July 2012 revision
- DNV-approved simulator and ECDIS, satisfying inspection authorities
- Individual and classroom training
- Run on standard Windows 7 PCs and Ethernet
- Simulators range from software only to Full Mission Bridge Simulator
Generic and Navmaster Type-specific Training Combined
In several UK colleges and abroad you can find a combined course which delivers both types of ECDIS training in 5 days. ECDIS Ltd offer a mobile DNV-approved combined course. Please visit the links left under Partnerships.
ECDIS training network
For colleges already equipped with a desktop or full mission bridge simulator, we offer a networkable ECDIS system which interfaces to any bridge simulator via standard NMEA connection to deliver the practical elements of IMO Model Course 1.27.
ECDIS TRAINING SOFTWARE SYSTEM
Navmaster ECDIS for training is designed to provide a suitable system to organisations which need to deliver generic training in the operational use of ECDIS.
Navmaster ECDIS for Training being used at the Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz
It consists of type approved ECDIS software which can be run on standard PCs and networks, allowing instructors to combine teaching theory with hands-on experience which is as close as possible to experience onboard. All the practical elements of IMO Model Course 1.27 can be carried out and assessed. When the Navmaster network is interfaced to ship simulators students experience a real-life simulation of a navigational watch using ECDIS.
- Type approved and up-to-date against all current regulations
- Supports all official chart formats
- Includes AIS & ARPA, advanced passage planning, lines of position, parallel indexing
- Electronic charts at half price or in some cases free
- Actual voyage data can be replayed
- Can be connected to real bridge instruments and bridge simulators
- Network installation allows large classes to be taken at once
- Radar video overlay with digital processor
- Admiralty TotalTide integration for worldwide tidal height & stream
- Tidal atlas display (UK continental shelf)
"Our Navmaster ECDIS training system allows us to take classes of 24 students at once, making the teaching process far less time-consuming. We train approximately 60 of our own students... In addition, we take students from other schools in groups of about 14-20 every week. The classroom is available to students most of the time. Outside of their lectures we see students working with Navmaster; and students returning from their 6-month practical period use the system frequently for preparation and presentation." Nico Booij, senior lecturer, Maritime Institute Willem Barentsz, Terschelling. Navmaster linked to a desktop ship simulator at Maersk Training Centre in Newcastle, UK.
"Most of our course delegates have already used an ECDIS and it takes them a little while to re-align this with the way Navmaster works. But Navmaster is designed to the standard Windows user interface and its buttons and icons have meaning. The delegates use their PC experience and soon find Navmaster to be very straightforward, easy to follow and with no hidden glitches. As an instructor I find the menus and commands in Navmaster are almost intuitive. It is a great system which seems to comply completely with the IMO standards. The flexibility it offers me as an instructor is very good and I can interface with other ship simulators to give a real-life simulation of a navigational watch." Vaughan Lewis, Instructor, Maersk Training Centre UK Ltd.
To operate paperless, shipowners are required to ensure their navigators complete two types of training: generic ECDIS training provided by an STCW approved organisation, and type-specific training often provided by the manufacturer.
Combine both types of ECDIS training
For Navmaster customers, generic and type-specific training can be achieved in one course if they attend a college equipped with Navmaster ECDIS for Training.
Navmaster ECDIS for Training conforms to all the new standards and test specifications which apply to ECDIS from 1 January 2009. It is type-approved by DNV and also Wheelmark approved.
To meet ECDIS presentation standards the system needs to be run on displays with a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 1024, but may be run on lower resolutions.
Own ship steaming down the Thames with incoming vessel visible and other AIS targets listed in the side panel.