Navmaster ECDIS Training CD Released

press release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The PC Maritime Navmaster ECDIS CD Rom allows ships' officers to complete familiarisation training onboard.

PC Maritime has announced that its Navmaster ECDIS type-specific training CD Rom is now available.

 

Believed to be the first manufacturer to provide a stand-alone type-specific training CD Rom, PC Maritime has taken the view that the required training should be made as convenient as possible to the customer. As Anne Edmonds, PC Maritime’s Marketing Director, explains: “One Navmaster ECDIS type training CD Rom onboard can be used by any number of ship’s officers, as and when their time permits.  Internet access is not required, although we will later add a web-based version for shore use.  The CD Rom will enable our customers worldwide to comply with the STCW requirement that all watchkeeping officers must have familiarisation training in the ECDIS they use. To complete the whole course will take about eight hours, after which a controlled assessment test can be taken and a competency certificate issued.”

Ms Edmonds states that CBT is effective, repeatable and gives the shipowner greater flexibility to move officers between ships. Most fleets have more than one ECDIS supplier. With the Navmaster CD onboard, a navigating officer could join a Navmaster-equipped ship and be competent and certified in operating the ship’s ECDIS within a short time, thus meeting Flag and Port State requirements. “We believe the CD Rom will simplify familiarisation training for Navmaster ECDIS users. It requires only a PC and email, and overcomes the logistical issue of getting officers to attend type-specific courses.”

The Navmaster ECDIS CD Rom gives thorough and interactive training in all aspects of Navmaster operation, divided into lessons.  Each lesson provides voice-over and text explanations, and video sequences demonstrating on-screen processes.  The user interacts frequently during training, carrying out actions exactly as they would be done on Navmaster ECDIS. At the end of each topic the user must answer questions to reinforce the learning. 

An Assessment section contains the entire bank of questions so that a test can be taken under controlled conditions and documented.  PC Maritime sets a statistically-sound pass rate; the user cannot achieve a pass by guessing. On passing the Assessment, a temporary certificate is produced to email to PC Maritime with proof of supervision and identity in order to meet a company’s Safety Management System procedures.

As PC Maritime’s Managing Director, David Edmonds, stated in a recent presentation at the ECDIS Revolution conference in London: “Studies have shown that a primary cause of training failure occurs when trainees do not use soon afterwards what they have learned from the course. As much as 70% of learning may come from actually doing the job, picking up from colleagues. This is not an argument for leaving any part of ECDIS training to informal means, but to emphasise the need to practise what has been learnt. Since we are encouraging all of our customers not to leave things to the last minute, it follows that those who ensure they are ahead of the game can find weeks or months passing by before the course attendees actually use the equipment. This is especially true of type-specific training since many officers will find themselves being transferred between ships that employ ECDIS systems supplied by different manufacturers. In such cases, the ability to re-familiarise oneself with each system using CBT methods is invaluable.”
 
Mr Edmonds added: “Many people today are comfortable studying online. They don't want to sit through classes when they can work at their own pace, with the opportunity to practise the skills and actions they need, which is more efficient for them. If e-Learning is interactive enough to give them hands-on experience, then e-Learning can be very effective.”

Using CBT-based systems has further benefits, believes Mr Edmonds:

“In my experience, following an on-board training day, an officer will say, “I’m away on leave tomorrow – I’ll try to pass on what you’ve told me to my replacement”. This gives rise to “trickle down training” which is widely regarded as unsatisfactory. It’s much better if an officer can work at his own pace over a longer period, especially since this also reduces the risk of information overload (by mid-afternoon), and accommodates interruptions, which seem to be a way of life for all of us nowadays.”

David Edmonds’ paper at the ECDIS Revolution conference can be downloaded from PC Maritime’s website: http://www.pcmaritime.co.uk/library.html
 

Maritime Reporter May 2015 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Matson Completes Horizon Lines Acquisition

Matson, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Horizon Lines, Inc. which includes Horizon's Alaska operations and the assumption of all non-Hawaii business liabilities.

Wärtsilä Acquires L-3 MSI

Wärtsilä completes acquisition of L-3 Marine Systems International    Wärtsilä Corporation announced that its acquisition of the Germany based L-3 Marine Systems

BWTS Newcomer Sees Early Success

Norwegian manufacturer of ballast water treatment systems MMC Green Technology reports it has sold more than 70 systems since going commercial with its MMC BWMS two years ago,

Technology

Kongsberg Contracted to Support FLNG Conversion

Kongsberg Maritime secures position in the LNG market with electrical and automation contract for Golar Hilli FLNG   Keppel Shipyard in Singapore and Black & Veatch in the U.

New Power Optimization Solution for LNG Carriers

NAPA and DSME launch tailored NAPA-DSME Power Solution for LNG carriers; leading LNG carrier shipyard offers specialized performance monitoring solution   South Korean shipbuilder,

Design & Operation: Wind Farm Support Vessels

Offshore wind farm development has been led globally by the UK, followed by Germany. Both countries have governments with long term commitments to renewable energy.

Navigation

Raytheon Anschütz Expands US operations

Raytheon Company announced the launch of its new subsidiary, Raytheon Anschuetz USA LLC, located in San Diego, Calif.    According to the company, Raytheon Anschuetz

Maritime Disputes Test China's Peaceful Rise

The South China Sea has become the most important testing ground for the changing economic, political and military relationship between China and the United States.

VIKING’s Top Safety Offerings at Nor-Shipping

Marine safety equipment leader VIKING Life-Saving Equipment will appear in force at Nor-Shipping 2015, displaying both innovative products and services that

Education/Training

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.   Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE),

SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been

New EU Shipping CO2 Monitoring System

According to a new EU regulation, ship operators will be required to monitor, report and verify (MRV) CO2 emissions.     José Inácio Faria, Member, Group of

Maritime Safety

Mass. Maritime Taps McDonald as New President

EVP Fran McDonald tops a field of five; choice still must be approved by Massachusetts Board of Higher Education.   Pending a confirmation vote by the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education (BHE),

Thailand: 300 "boat people" Landed in Recent Weeks

Around 300 "boat people" have landed on Thailand's shores in recent weeks, Sek Wannamethee, director-general of the information department at Thailand's Foreign Ministry, said on Friday.

U.S.: China Placed Artillery on Reclaimed Island

The United States said on Friday that China had placed mobile artillery weapons systems on a reclaimed island in the disputed South China Sea, a development that Republican Sen.

Software Solutions

New Power Optimization Solution for LNG Carriers

NAPA and DSME launch tailored NAPA-DSME Power Solution for LNG carriers; leading LNG carrier shipyard offers specialized performance monitoring solution   South Korean shipbuilder,

IRS Moves Closer to Tokyo MOU's High Performers

The Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding has positioned the International Register of Shipping (IRS) closer to the higher ranking achievers on its performance list,

SENER holds a FORAN seminar in Wuhan, China

The ‘FORAN new modules, new functions and FEM-Link (Hypermesh) Seminar’ was held on April 23rd in Wuhan. SENER is playing a big role in China, where it has been

 
 
Maritime Security Naval Architecture Navigation Pipelines Pod Propulsion Port Authority Salvage Ship Electronics Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1549 sec (6 req/sec)