This course delivers training in FLEET’s navigational policies and enhanced navigation training as it pertains to navigation, managing the bridge team, and job responsibilities prior to the deck officer (junior ranks) assuming duties onboard a FLEET-managed vessel.
The course is conducted in spacious classrooms with modern teaching aids to facilitate comfortable learning.
Upon successful completion of this course, the candidate should be familiar with the Company’s navigational policies as stated in the QHSE Manual Section 5 (on navigational safety) as it pertains to managing the bridge team, navigation, voyage planning, the Master-Pilot exchange, principles of communication and job responsibilities. They should be able to appreciate how correct usage of various navigational equipment enhances the safety of navigation, and they should be made aware of the common navigational deficiencies observed on vessels as well as the actions required to avoid them on their vessel.
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.