New Marine Training Institute offers ECDIS, DP certification

The following is the text of a news release from The Marine Training Institute:

(GRAY, La.)  — Classes are filling up quickly for ECDIS and DP training and certification at The Marine Training Institute’s new technologically advanced facility along the central Gulf Coast near Houma, La. Mariners are urged to visit to view class schedules and enrollment information for remaining 2014 training sessions.

Beier Radio opened The Marine Training Institute in January 2014, specializing in USCG-approved ECDIS certification courses and type-specific ECDIS training, as well as basic and advanced DP operator training. Students master the operations of vessel technology using simulators that apply real-world skills to the real-world challenges of the marine environment during four- and five-day sessions.

The Marine Training Institute is the only full time ECDIS training facility along the Gulf of Mexico. The Institute is also accredited by The Nautical Institute in London for its standard of excellence in the training of maritime personnel in principles and practices of operating a DP system in a working environment, and is the only training facility for Beier Radio DP systems along the Gulf Coast.

“Maritime navigation and control electronics have advanced significantly in recent years, and it is essential that mariners are trained on the latest and most up-to-date equipment available. The Marine Training Institute is focused on successfully preparing mariners for the safe operation and navigation of offshore and deep water vessels by providing hands-on experience with state-of-the-art systems and simulators,” says instructor George Raab.

The ECDIS certification uses the Transas NS-4000 ECDIS system to certify the bridge watch officer through familiarization, system simulations, and on-hands training to safely navigate using an ECDIS system, all meeting the current IMO Model 1.27. In upcoming months, the institute will launch brand-specific ECDIS training for Transas and Furuno electronic navigation systems, and will be North America’s only Furuno ECDIS-certified training facility.

Using Beier Radio’s IVCS4000, students learn fundamentals and familiarization of a DP system in the basic DP class. The advanced class trains the DP operator on the full functionality and operation of the DP system.

Enrollment for all courses is limited in order to keep class sizes small and ensure a successful learning experience for all students. The four course instructors at The Marine Training Institute have over 100 years of combined experience in the commercial maritime industry and the U.S. Navy.

For more information about The Marine Training Institute and courses offered, or to enroll, visit or The Marine Training Institute on Facebook, call (985) 873-0031, or email

By Professional Mariner Staff