Özsay has already been providing type specific ECDIS training courses to navigators since last December under the FURUNO NavSkills training agreement, while GMC began providing ECDIS training as a member of the FURUNO NavSkills network of training centres in February.
Furuno says that the aim of its NavSkills training concept is to ensure that mariners receive the same level of quality, content and competence from training in any of the accredited training centres, or from any future training platform provided by FURUNO.
It is based on a mutual agreement between FURUNO and the training centre, which stipulates the necessary qualifications of the local instructors, the need for compliance with STCW-2010 requirements and a commitment to match the level of training provided in FURUNO’s own training centres in Denmark and Singapore.
As part of the agreement FURUNO will educate the local instructors and provide updated training materials and exercises as required. Instructors will also be offered refresher training when required.
The type specific ECDIS training course offered by FURUNO is a two day course covering the functionality and operation of FURUNO ECDIS model FEA-2107/FEA-2807.
With these two training centres having joined in the NavSkills network, FURUNO is now able to provide type specific ECDIS training in Germany, Turkey, Greece, Singapore and Denmark, and is currently working on establishing similar co-operations with local training centres in South, Central and North America, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Asia.