ClassNK approves ECDIS course

22 Sep 2011

ClassNK says it has issued its first approval for maritime training programmes to an ECDIS course offered by NYK Shipmanagement (NYKSM) of Singapore.

The approval of the course, which certifies that the course fulfills IMO standards, follows ClassNK’s entry into the training certification field as part of a broader expansion of the classification society’s activities. According to ClassNK, requirements for the installation of ECDIS systems will be phased in from 1 July 2012, after which vessels will be obligated to navigate using ECDIS as their primary chart system. In line with these requirements, captains and deck officers will be required to undergo ECDIS training modeled on a 40-hour, five day course developed by the IMO.

In order to prepare its seafarers for the new requirements, NYKSM prepared simulations based on actual ECDIS equipment and began developing its ECDIS training program at the beginning of this year, before turning to ClassNK to certify that the new course lived up to the strict standards of the IMO.

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