The ship handling / maneuvering simulator and bridge teamwork course is designed to enhance the skill, knowledge, and capability when it comes to handling the ship and efficiently managing the bridge team. It consists of theoretical lessons supplemented by computer-based training and ship handling simulator exercises. The course is based on the IMO Model Course 1.22 and is approved by The Directorate General Shipping, the statutory Maritime authority, appointed by the Govt. of India.
The Institute has a 180-degree visualization bridge with a full range of bridge equipment that can simulate some of the highest density traffic areas in the world. The simulator is equipped with different ship models that closely resemble the behavioural characteristics of ships at sea in various weather conditions.
To reduce the possibility of accidents that may lead to loss of life, damage to property or environment by enhancing navigational skills of navigating officers and their understanding of how to handle a vessel in restricted waters, and using all available technical and human resources effectively
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.