JRC joins a number of other ECDIS manufacturers that have agreed deals with Safebridge for the development of online type-specific training, including SAM Electronics, Sperry Marine, Imtech Marine, 7Cs, ChartWorld, Raytheon Anschütz and Transas Marine.
Safebridge will develop the courseware for use in its learning platform, which integrates centralised, server-based learning content with JRC’s own ECDIS software running in real time for delivery via the internet.
This training process will then be approved by JRC in accordance with STCW and Flag State requirements. Updates, as required, only need to be implemented on the central server.
Safebridge will also provide course certification on behalf of JRC and trainee database services for reference by Port State Control and other concerned authorities.
The courseware will be released in the late summer of 2012.
"It is expected that tens of thousands of vessels will be required to install ECDIS over the next six years and we are more than pleased with the partnership with Safebridge," said Bas Eerden, product manager at JRC Europe.
"Effectively, with nowadays the importance of the total cost of ownership, JRC is content with this new and innovative way of offering cost-effective JRC ECDIS type specific training solutions to ship owners and seafarers."