HAMBURG, GERMANY – May 11, 2015 – (Marine NewsWire) Safebridge, the online simulation training specialist, is launching a new training course for Kelvin Hughes MantaDigital Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS).
Kelvin Hughes Marine Systems, a major worldwide supplier of ships’ bridge systems, has appointed Safebridge and its sister company MSG MarineServe GmbH as authorized training providers for Kelvin Hughes ECDIS products. The new course is available online through the Safebridge cloud-based Internet infrastructure, on-board or as classroom-based training through the ECDIS Training Consortium (ETC) Network.
The Safebridge online ECDIS training course includes guided lessons, open freeplay and a competency test. Safebridge’s unique approach gives students the ability to practice and gain confidence in a realistic training environment using the actual ECDIS manufacturer’s software.
“The Safebridge online courses provide a fast, easy and affordable training platform to comply with the IMO requirement for familiarization with the specific ECDIS model installed on the ship, ” said Safebridge Managing Director Ulf Steden. “Before officers move to a new ship, they can become quickly familiar with the ship’s ECDIS without the expense of attending a classroom or simulator course at a training center.”
Steden said Safebridge is the only training provider with online courses for nearly all ECDIS manufacturers. In addition to Kelvin Hughes, Safebridge offers similar type-specific ECDIS operator courses for Sperry Marine, Transas, Seven Cs, JRC, ChartWorld, Imtech, SAM Electronics, Simrad, Raytheon Anschütz, Consilium, Martek and Maris.
Steden noted that as the IMO ECDIS carriage requirements come into force, there will be a strong demand for type-specific training to meet the new regulations. Currently ECDIS is mandatory for all newbuildings. On July 1, 2015, all tankers over 3, 000 gross tons must meet the ECDIS carriage requirements.
“Because our online course offerings are infinitely flexible and scalable, it will be easy for us to meet the surge of demand as the deadlines for compliance grow nearer, ” he said. “There is no practical limit to the number of students who can simultaneously take any Safebridge online course.”
Headquartered in Hamburg, Germany, Safebridge is an innovative e-learning company formed in 2009 to develop online bridge equipment simulation training solutions for the maritime industry. The company evolved from the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Initiative under the Leonardo da Vinci Program, which ran a project on this subject. Safebridge’s staff includes professional mariners with years of experience at sea. For more information, visit www.safebridge.net.
About Kelvin Hughes
Kelvin Hughes is a world leader in the design and supply of navigation and surveillance systems. It has been in the forefront for more than 250 years, supplying advanced navigation solutions and services around the globe. From instrumentation to digital charts, integrated bridge display systems to solid state surveillance radars, Kelvin Hughes has established itself as a technology innovator and reliable partner to the world’s navies, merchant shipping and pleasure craft operators. That expertise is also applied to the land domain where products designed and built by Kelvin Hughes safeguard borders, coastlines and critical national infrastructure.