Admiralty recently held ‘Are you ready for the ECDIS regulations?’ workshops at two private events in India (in partnership with C&C Marine Combine) and at the Sea Japan exhibition in Tokyo. Around 150 people attended the workshops to hear Captain Paul Hailwood and experienced mariner Joe Collins present Admiralty’s 9 stage guide to digital navigation.
Feedback from the sessions was that the guide helped attendees feel more confident about the challenges of installing and operating ECDIS. Some audience members were well advanced in the process, but many were still at planning stage.
Asked about their priorities following the session, every audience said the same thing (by a significant majority): crew training.
This has been the feedback from every workshop that we have held so far. Comprehensive and early training is vital if the industry is to get the full safety and efficiency benefits of digital navigation. To highlight the benefits, we’re running an initiative to offer free ECDIS training to 100 bridge officers. (To find out more please visit: https://admiraltytraining.admiralty.co.uk/)
Other priorities for attendees in Japan were individual ship risk assessment and making the transition from paper to digital, while for attendees in India, on-board implementation of ECDIS procedures was high on the agenda.
If you would like to attend a workshop, we’re running more free sessions in Hamburg (9th May), at Posidonia in Athens (5 – 8 June) and in Taipei, Taiwan (28 June). For more information and to register, please visit: www.admiralty.co.uk/admiraltyworkshops