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'Train the trainer' certified on Kongsberg ECDIS

Kongsberg Maritime has launched a new ECDIS Instructor Training course, designed to train captains and senior personnel, so they can train other officers and crew members in familiarisation of Kongsberg ECDIS on board vessels.

Offered in Norway and Singapore, the course meets the requirements of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), and has been developed as a response to new IMO regulations and demand for certification in the use of ECDIS, resulting in an increasing requirement for ECDIS training.

“We have developed a new training course that includes both technical ECDIS training on our systems as well as pedagogical components,” said Tommy Edvardsen Hvidsten, product manager training, Kongsberg Maritime.

“The course enables Captains to train their own officers and crew, which significantly reduces training and travel costs compared to each crew member attending separate ECDIS training courses.”

In addition to certificated training, course participants receive a kit of exercises to use when training their own staff.

Although those who take part in the instructor course are cleared to conduct Kongsberg Maritime familiarisation ECDIS training, Kongsberg Maritime is still responsible for testing the skills of officers and crew that have been trained by the course participant, and for issuing the ECDIS competence certificate.

“While the participants of the ECDIS Instructor Training course complete the test at our training centres, those who are trained by someone who has taken the course, must complete an online test,” said Mr Hvidsten.

“Based on the results of this test we will issue the necessary certificate. This gives us the possibility of controlling quality and ensuring course participants have in fact received the required training according to the standard.”

“The goal of this and all of our courses is to provide realistic training in a safe environment, in order to give the participants the necessary confidence to operate our systems in all conditions.”

In other news, Ukrainian crewing company Lerus Ltd in Odessa has opened a new training centre outfitted with a Kongsberg Offshore Vessel Simulator.

The new Lerus Training Centre, established to meet growing training demand in Ukraine, Russia, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania and other European countries, is the first in the Ukraine to offer fully integrated offshore vessel operations training.

The Offshore Vessel Simulator at the facility features a 240 degree field of view, for courses covering: Ship Handling (AHTS, OSV, ROV, DSV, VLCC, MPSV), Dynamic Positioning, Crane Operations (Stage 1, 2, 3), Anchor handling and Towing/Rig Move.

Different teams may interact within the same exercise, with a Dynamic Positioning simulator integrated alongside an offshore crane simulator to more accurately represent real life operations. A standalone crane simulator for training on harbour operations is also included.

“Kongsberg is a clear leader in simulation for the offshore industry and since our crews mostly work on vessels with Kongsberg systems, it’s also beneficial that we use Kongsberg equipment for training,” said Ruslan Gromovenko, managing director, Lerus Training Centre.

“Investment in the new training facility and inclusion of the most sophisticated offshore vessel simulator available today will help us to maintain a strong position in the market, by supplying crew with high levels of training and competence for the oil and gas industry worldwide.”

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