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The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) in the UK has given its formal approval to the Videotel CBT ECDIS blended learning package, the company reports.

The Videotel course is intended for all deck officers as part of their mandatory ECDIS training, and should provide an understanding of the principles of ECDIS, the fundamentals of ECDIS capability and operation, and knowledge of how to use the system for route planning and monitoring.

Importantly, Videotel says that students should also learn about the limitations of ECDIS and the dangers of over-reliance.

Once this part of the training has been completed successfully, candidates can progress to an ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) centre for generic and type-specific simulator training. Alternatively, type-specific training can be conducted online at a later stage through Videotel’s collaboration with Safebridge.

The course is delivered in a modular form, using self-paced CBT (Computer Based Training). The CBT contains English text and narration, short video sequences, graphics and interactive capabilities.

“As ECDIS becomes part of the navigational landscape, the industry has responded with a wide range of training options targeted at the seafarer,” said Nigel Cleave, CEO of Videotel.

“But how does the shipowner or shipmanager sift through the bewildering array of alternatives and select the best route through complex training and ISM compliance issues? The answer must be to select a course tried and trusted by the industry, from a quality training provider and with third party endorsement.”

“The Videotel CBT training package covers perhaps one of the most important subjects we have undertaken in recent years, which delivers a course that provides the very mind-set and understanding so essentially required on the principles of the ECDIS system and how it should be used to facilitate navigational safety.”

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