In January 2003 MarineSafety International's Norfolk Center began training in its new Radar/ARPA and ECDIS Labs
. The new facilities include a three station Radar and ARPA lab which was purchased from Buffalo Computer Graphics and an 8 station ECDIS lab comprised of networked PC's which can host any one of several ECDIS
programs including ECPINS and TRANSAS, among others.
This expansion was undertaken to meet emerging U.S. Navy requirements for
advanced radar and electronic navigation training. The lab will enable MSI
Norfolk to teach ARPA and ECDIS courses without impacting ship simulator
training. Courses offered include MSI's USCG approved 4 day ARPA, 5 day
ECDIS, 5 day Original Radar, and Radar Recertification courses as well as
combined ARPA and ECDIS courses tailored to U.S. Navy requirements.
Shown in the accompanying photo is principal Radar Instructor Chris Wahler
with a class of ARPA students from a U.S. Navy ship.