ECDIS Ltd. launches Annual Competency Assurance Training

(WHITELEY, United Kingdom) — For about $270 per hull, per year, regardless of the number of officers or annual turnover of crew, it is now possible to keep the entire bridge team up to date regardless of which of the varying 38 manufacturers of ECDIS are in use across the industry.

ECDIS Ltd.'s Annual Competence Assurance Training (ACAT) ensures that the officers are up to date every year with any changes to the make and model of the ECDIS onboard; understand the key functions for safe navigation; are prepared for PSC or an independent audit or inspection; are refreshed annually in their knowledge of key menus and operational capability of the ECDIS, and are company-compliant in ECDIS through annual assessments.

George Ward, project support for ECDIS ACAT, said, “ECDIS ACAT is an effective assurance method of assisting the maritime industry as a whole to increase their underpinning knowledge in the make and model of their ECDIS fitted on board and to keep up to date with the constantly evolving software from all the manufacturers worldwide. This product also allows the ship manager or operator to have positive control over their officers' annual competency assurance with regard to ECDIS, which in turn would reduce their training safety matrix for navigating with ECDIS.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff