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Videotel and Safebridge join forces on ECDIS training

Videotel and Safebridge, in conjunction with Safebridge sister company MSG MarineServe, report that they are to work together to provide a range of generic and product specific ECDIS training.

With the support of the IMO, Videotel is updating its original ECDIS course to follow the new STCW Manila amendments and the proposed new IMO Model Course 1.27 (latest edition).

This training, in the form of distance learning using a generic ECDIS model, will be available through VOD (video on demand) and the newly launched VOD Online, so that study can take place at sea or on shore.

Once deck officers have interim certification of successful foundation training from Videotel, they can progress to type-specific training and final certification by attending one of the training centres around the world that form part of the MSG controlled ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC).

The type-specific training and final testing will use simulation of the actual ECDIS equipment installed on the planned assignment. Booking of the onward training can be arranged through Videotel.

Experienced seafarers transferring to ships with different ECDIS models, necessitating further type-specific training, will also be able to avail of classroom based training in Hamburg, on board a vessel itself if requested or, through ETC, at 11 locations around the world.

Alternatively, Safebridge will offer online type-specific training with real time simulation on the original ECDIS manufacturer’s software, with testing and certification.

ECDIS type-specific brands covered to date include Chartworld, Imtech, JRC, Northrop Grumman Sperry Marine, Raytheon Anschutz, SAM Electronics and Transas, with more to follow. All Videotel clients can also book Safebridge and MSG ETC courses through Videotel.

Certification and a reference database for the appropriate regulatory authorities will form part of the services offered.

“Whilst the IMO Model Course 1.27 content has still to be ratified by the IMO, with Flag State Authorities also yet to agree on what specific ECDIS training they will require, over the past year very careful thought has gone into providing what we hope will prove to be a very satisfactory, practical and cost effective ECDIS training solution for our clients,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.

“In addition to the valuable input received from the IMO, ICS, MCA, OCIMF, Dr Andy Norris and participating ship owners and ship managers, we would also to like to thank Furuno for their invaluable input throughout.”

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