Expanding its training centers to contribute to safer navigation
On November 1, 2011, FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore (FURUNOINSTC Singapore) opens the doors for deck officers in need of FURUNO’s typespecific ECDIS training. Thanks to the strong support from Rico (PTE) LTD, aFURUNO subsidiary in Singapore, the training center is established in thepremises of the same company.
With this step, FURUNO has made its typespecific ECDIS training available in one of the major Asian shipping hubs, hencemaking it easier for deck officers signing on or off a vessel to go to the trainingcentre and receive the 2-day type specific ECDIS training course.
“This new training centre will operate in the same knowhow and logic asFURUNO INS Training Center Denmark, which was established in 2005 inCopenhagen, Denmark. All the valued experiences earned at FURUNO INSTCDenmark are shared by the instructors and administrative staff at FURUNOINSTC Singapore, hence we can provide identical training in terms of quality andcontents at both training facilities allowing ship owners to send theircrewmembers to both training centers knowing that the deck officers have received the exact same training and accomplish the same skills regardless ofwhich training center they send their crewmembers to”, says, Mr. Ken H. Jensen,Training Manager of FURUNO INSTC Denmark, “and the location this newtraining center is very convenient for those dwelling in Asia, because it is veryclosed to the airport and residence of the trainees”.
FURUNO has been very clear about their responsibility as a manufacturer toprovide an ECDIS operator training, and FURUNO has set a clear goal toprovide top of the line training to the seafarers in order to ensure safe andefficient operation of the equipment, hence achieving safe navigation of thevessel and increased crew satisfaction.
“When ship owners invest their moneyand have their deck officers sent to the training center for training, we have togive them satisfactory level of return of investment”, says Mr. Ken H. Jensen,Training Manager of FURUNO INSTC Denmark.
“Type specific ECDIS traininghas two goals. One is to provide the safe operation of the equipment by givingthe operator proper and thorough knowledge on the user interface and operationof FURUNO ECDIS. The other is to allow the operator to learn about all thefunctionalities and values provided by ECDIS, and how to utilize them in thedaily work and ship operation. This allows the navigator to conduct hisnavigation tasks more efficiently. It generates a better return on the ship owner’sinvestment in ECDIS equipment and training.”
Type specific ECDIS training is available in FURUNO INSTC Singapore andFURUNO INSTC Denmark. In addition, FURUNO INSTC Denmark can providenot only 5-day combined generic and type specific ECDIS training, but also ShipResource Management training, DNV-certified IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27and DNV certified IMO IBS/INS Model Course 1.32, and many other trainingcourses in order to continue and enhance our contribution to the shippingbusiness around the globe.
In parallel with the establishment of FURUNO INSTC Singapore, FURUNO isworking to expand the cooperation with other training centers around the worldin order to contribute to safer navigation.
Source: Maritime Executive