‘K’ Line’s ECDIS training course gets approval from ClassNK

30 Jan 2012

ClassNK has announced that it had issued generic training course approval to an electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) course offered by K Line Maritime Academy (Philippine), a group company of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha.

The approval certifies that this course complies with IMO standards and the classification society’s new Standard for Maritime Education & Training, is the first of its kind issued by ClassNK in the Philippines. ClassNK also issued certification for seafarer recruitment and placement service providers in line with MLC 2006 to another member of the ‘K’ Line Group, Manila-based manning company Ventis Maritime Corporation (VMC). The approval confirms the company’s conformance with the standards set forth in Regulation 1.4 (recruitment and placement) of MLC 2006 which was adopted by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 2006 to help ensure the safety and protect the rights of seafarers.

New requirements for ECDIS systems are due to be phased in from July 2012, which include mandatory training for masters and deck officers in the use of ECDIS.

Koichi Fujiwara, executive vice president of ClassNK, presenting the official certificates to Masami Sasaki, managing executive officer of Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha and Satoru Kuboshima, president of ‘K’ Line Ship Management, said: “The maritime industry is facing a number of new challenges, of which training and maintaining skilled crews is among the most important. ClassNK is dedicated to providing solutions to these challenges. Be it through the certification of training courses such as that offered by KLMA (Phili), or the approval of recruitment and placement services, such as those provided by VMC, our Society is developing a full range of services that leverage our decades of certification experience in these new, emerging fields”.

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