The course is designed for familiarizing as well as assessing the competence of Master’s and Chief Officers, particularly those who are expected to be assigned a large vessel transiting the narrow channels and canals (e.g. Suez Canal), in their forthcoming tenure.
The Institute shall provide an adequately equipped classroom with suitable audio-visual aids and a full mission ship handling simulator with a large vessel incorporated in various exercises. Classrooms are equipped to allow for liberal interaction amongst faculty and candidates.
To equip officers with the knowledge and skills specific to handling large ships transiting in a narrow channel and canals, and to assess candidate’s competency with respect to same.
The ECDIS support cell is a dedicated team within FMTI that provides technical assistance to our bridge teams who may have issues related to ECDIS, ENCs or similar navigational processes. It also provides guidance to crew for PSC and vetting inspections and oversees the 'management of change' for dual ECDIS vessels or during new ECDIS installation onboard.
To teams onshore, it provides support in drafting policies, analysis of vetting findings and incident investigation.
From time to time, the ECDIS support cell provides insights to key policymakers and industry stakeholders from UKHO, IHO and INTERTANKO to ECDIS manufacturers and ENC suppliers.
In parallel, the team provides bespoke training to class surveyors and auditors and has been a recipient of the Navigational Safety Award at the First World ECDIS Day.