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Furuno NavSkills CAT approved by ClassNK

Furuno has announced that its NavSkills CAT (Computer Aided Training) distance learning system has been approved by ClassNK as fulfilling the requirements for ECDIS type specific familiarisation training.

The classification society has evaluated the workstation and software application, as well as the training system support provided by Furuno, and verified that they meet the standards specified by the ISM code subsections of 6.3 and 6.5.

ClassNK has also approved JMS (Japan Maritime Science), a subsidiary of NYK Line, as a training facility to provide ECDIS type specific familiarisation by using the NavSkills CAT system.

Furuno says that its NavSkills CAT includes an Instructor On Demand (IOD) feature allowing the trainee to get access to an instructor via VoIP. It features physical replicas of the real ECDIS control panels used in Furuno’s ECDIS models FEA-2807/FEA-2107 and FMD-3200/FMD-3300.   

“ClassNK started Maritime Education & Training Registration service for ECDIS training prior to the phase-in ECDIS mandatory carriage, which commenced in 2012, and we certified the class-room training conducted by Furuno in 2011,” said Koichi Fujiwara, executive vice president of ClassNK.

“The certification of Maritime Simulator Systems Registration we issued for NavSkills CAT this time is our affirmation that the distance learning scheme by means of Computer Aided Training can deliver a high quality training programme and support, comparable to the class room training.”

Muneyuki Koike, managing director of Furuno noted that “there has been much confusion in the market in terms of the provision of ECDIS type specific familiarisation training amongst the ship owners and navigators.”

“We hope that, through this recognition, our end-users will have a clear understanding that the ECDIS familiarisation training conducted through the NavSkills CAT provides the trainees with the necessary competences to operate the Furuno ECDIS models in a safe and efficient way.”

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