FURUNO ELECTRIC CO., LTD. is delighted to announce that type specific ECDIS training for the new ECDIS FMD-3200/FMD-3300 is now available in the Philippines.
In May 2013 the NavSkills training facility Competent Maritime Professionals and Sea Staff (COMPASS) Training Center Inc. had FMD-3200/FMD-3300 training workstations installed at their training center.
The COMPASS instructors have been trained through FURUNO's train-the-trainer program in order for them to be authorized to provide the new training course to navigators in the Philippines.
The first training session was successfully concluded on the 16th and 17th of May 2013 for a group of navigators, who have gained the in-depth knowledge about the functionalities and user interface specific to the new ECDIS. In the first group of trainees, all were satisfied with the content of the training, and all came out with unwavering confidence in their ability to operate the new ECDIS installed onboard their respective vessels.
The training program for the FMD-3200/FMD-3300 available at COMPASS is identical to the type specific training for the same models provided by FURUNO's own training centers in Denmark and Singapore. The syllabus has been carefully developed by INSTC Denmark following the same philosophy that was applied to the development of the type specific training course for the FURUNO FEA-2107/FEA-2807 ECDIS. The new training program is strictly compliant with the STCW and ISM Codes as well as with all currently known requirements from flag states and other stakeholders.
Since COMPASS joined the NavSkills network in April 2012, they have concluded about 170 FURUNO type specific ECDIS courses for the FEA2107/FEA-2807, leading to an issuing of just about 1,000 certificates to Philippine navigators.
With the extended availability of FURUNO type specific ECDIS training for the FMD-3200/FMD-3000 in the Philippines, FURUNO is now able to provide the training for the new ECDIS in Denmark, Singapore, Germany, Greece, The Philippines and China. Further efforts of boosting the training availability are continuously being made in order to contribute to the global implementation of the ECDIS mandatory carriage.