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Training centre opens in Southampton

A new training facility called The Enav Centre, located near Southampton in the UK, has opened for business.

The focal point of the centre is a new VSTEP NAUTIS Full Mission Simulator (FMS), which the centre hopes will offer a high level of realism for trainee bridge teams.

The simulator offers a 315° viewing capability, and is to primarily be used for Bridge Team training, though it has been fitted with four different ECDIS systems all integrated with the NAUTIS software.

The bridge simulator has been set up with two radars and four ECDIS systems and is capable of displaying RADAR, AIS and ARPA overlays onto the ECDIS. Equipment from OSI, Kelvin Hughes, JRC and Transas has been integrated, though the simulator can also be integrated with other ECDIS manufacturers as required.

The FMS is to accompany the six smaller NAUTIS simulators already used to offer visual channels as part of the IMO 1.27 Model ECDIS Course.

Other bridge related courses, such as BPC, BRM and BTM courses, and additional courses such as Human Factors and Anti-Piracy, will also be offered at the Enav Centre.

Course bookings for the Enav Centre for 2013 are already being taken, with two more centres in Asia and the Americas also planned to be opened next year.

“These are exciting times,” said Joe Sloly, customer development manager at the Enav Centre.

“We are now delivering a new and exciting range of courses in addition to the traditional bridge courses. The additional courses on offer vary between studies on the subject of Human Factors right through to Anti-Piracy.”

In related news, the ECDIS reference website reports that it has now reached 100,000 downloads.

The website offers ECDIS related information for the mariner including updates from manufacturers about approved ECDIS currently on the market. The website was first launched in 2011.

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