FURUNO takes one further step for type specific ECDIS training through the opening of FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore.
On November 1, 2011, FURUNO INS Training Center Singapore (FURUNO INSTC Singapore) opens the doors for deck officers in need of FURUNO's type specific ECDIS training. Thanks to the strong support from Rico (PTE) LTD, a FURUNO subsidiary in Singapore, the training center is established in the premises of the same company. With this step, FURUNO has made its type specific ECDIS training available in one of the major Asian shipping hubs, hence making it easier for deck officers signing on or off a vessel to go to the training centre and receive the 2-day type specific ECDIS training course.
"This new training centre will operate in the same knowhow and logic as FURUNO INS Training Center Denmark, which was established in 2005 in Copenhagen, Denmark. All the valued experiences earned at FURUNO INSTC Denmark are shared by the instructors and administrative staff at FURUNO INSTC Singapore, hence we can provide identical training in terms of quality and contents at both training facilities allowing ship owners to send their crewmembers to both training centers knowing that the deck officers have received the exact same training and accomplish the same skills regardless of which training center they send their crewmembers to", says, Mr. Ken H. Jensen, Training Manager of FURUNO INSTC Denmark, "and the location this new training center is very convenient for those dwelling in Asia, because it is very closed to the airport and residence of the trainees".
FURUNO has been very clear about their responsibility as a manufacturer to provide an ECDIS operator training, and FURUNO has set a clear goal to provide top of the line training to the seafarers in order to ensure safe and efficient operation of the equipment, hence achieving safe navigation of the vessel and increased crew satisfaction. "When ship owners invest their money and have their deck officers sent to the training center for training, we have to give them satisfactory level of return of investment", says Mr. Ken H. Jensen, Training Manager of FURUNO INSTC Denmark. "Type specific ECDIS training has two goals. One is to provide the safe operation of the equipment by giving the operator proper and thorough knowledge on the user interface and operation of FURUNO ECDIS. The other is to allow the operator to learn about all the functionalities and values provided by ECDIS, and how to utilize them in the daily work and ship operation. This allows the navigator to conduct his navigation tasks more efficiently. It generates a better return on the ship owner's investment in ECDIS equipment and training".
Type specific ECDIS training is available in FURUNO INSTC Singapore and FURUNO INSTC Denmark. In addition, FURUNO INSTC Denmark can provide not only 5-day combined generic and type specific ECDIS training, but also Ship Resource Management training, DNV-certified IMO ECDIS Model Course 1.27 and DNV certified IMO IBS/INS Model Course 1.32, and many other training courses in order to continue and enhance our contribution to the shipping business around the globe.
In parallel with the establishment of FURUNO INSTC Singapore, FURUNO is working to expand the cooperation with other training centers around the world in order to contribute to safer navigation.
FURUNO INSTC Denmark
DK-2650 Hvidovre, Denmark
Phone: +45 36 77 40 12
FURUNO INSTC Singapore
No. 17, Loyang Lane
Phone: +65 6745 8472