FURUNO launched the NavSkills concept to ensure that courses in accredited facilities are conducted in the same way, with the same content and duration, and using the same teaching methods it itself employs in its own training centres in Denmark and Singapore.
Training facilities in Asia, Europe and the Middle East are part of the NavSkills network which FURUNO is continuing to extend, with the recent addition of Pivot Maritime in Australia and Thesi in Italy.
“FURUNO has been working hard to accommodate the great need for both generic and type-specific ECDIS training and it is with great pleasure that we have passed number 10,000 certificate since type-specific ECDIS training was introduced to the market in 2011,” said director Yutaka Wada.
The 10,000th certificate was issued to a Russian navigator trained at the Odessa Maritime Training Centre, which joined the FURUNO NavSkills network in 2013.
FURUNO also offers a NavSkills CAT (Computer Aided Training) distance learning system, based on cloud computing technology. It says that this CAT system is now becoming more widespread, with over 150 systems in operation worldwide.
“There is still a long way to go, but through our various training platforms, which are classroom training and Computer Aided Training (CAT), we have managed to train a total of more than 12,500 navigators,” Mr Wada said.
Mads Friis Sørensen, branch manager at FURUNO, notes how beneficial type-specific training can be: “Often navigators perform double jobs, when making the voyage documentation, simply because they are not familiarised with the data export features in the ECDIS.”
“They may miss out on features that helps monitoring the voyage or help in the planning phase, if they have not received a good type-specific ECDIS training. It can save time and money in the long term, when the navigators receive good training on a good training platform.”