Cooperation Agreement to provide their 5th type-specific ECDIS training solution.
With the pressure on to train seafarers in the use of ECDIS, the online simulation training company Safebridge is in negotiation with various ECDIS suppliers to offer online, type-specific ECDIS training based on the ECDIS manufacturer’s own software. The latest manufacturer to sign a cooperation agreement with Safebridge is Raytheon Anschütz, a leading supplier of navigation systems to both merchant and naval vessels.
Safebridge is an innovative online training company specialising in type-specific simulation training solutions for the maritime industry. The company was created to meet the demand for ECDIS training contained in the new STCW 2012 and ISM Code regulations. According to Safebridge Director Professor Captain Ralph Becker-Heins, it is estimated that up to 500,000 seafarers will require training over the next few years. More critically, around 75,000 seafarers require training in the short-term given that existing installations will become the prime navigation device and the first new build ships in the progressive phase-in period, cruise and other passenger vessels, are required to conform from July 2012.
By signing co-operation agreements with manufacturers, to use their ECDIS software for simulation purposes, Safebridge can ensure that seafarers all over the world have access to training before joining ship and can use server-based programmes to re-train on the specific installed equipment. According to Safebridge, the industry needs accurate, interactive, type-specific training that is affordable and easily accessible via an online learning portal. The first Safebridge type-specific ECDIS familiarization courses will be available to the market from the Autumn of this year.