ClassNK executive vice president Koichi Fujiwara,
NYKSM CEO Tomoyuki Koyama
The Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) training course offered by NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd. (NYKSM),1 an NYK Group company based in Singapore, has been accredited by Nippon Kaiji Kyokai (Class NK), making NYKSM the first company to obtain ClassNK’s certification in the field of maritime technology training.
The gradual enforcement of ECDIS installation will begin to occur on vessels around the world on July 1, 2012, after which vessels will be obligated to navigate using ECDIS as the primary chart. Captains and deck officers will thus be required to take ECDIS training modeled on a 40-hour, five-day course developed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).2 Prior to ClassNK accreditation and IMO enforcement next year, NYKSM prepared simulations using actual ECDIS equipment and constructed applicable ECDIS training from the beginning of the year.
A lecture of training course
In April, ClassNK expanded its mission as a classification society to include certification of maritime education training for seafarers and NYKSM’s ECDIS training course was subsequently recognized as one that meets IMO model course. This training course has also been accredited by the government of Singapore and the Norwegian classification society Det Norske Veritas (DNV).3
An accreditation ceremony was held at NYKSM’s training center in Singapore on September 21, and ClassNK executive vice president Koichi Fujiwara, ClassNK Singapore office head Akihiko Uotani, NYKSM CEO Tomoyuki Koyama, and NYKSM COO Hemant Pathania were in attendance.
In September 2006, a training program established by NYKSM for seafarers assigned to LNG carriers was accredited by DNV to be in accordance with the SIGTTO standards,4 and other training program offered to NYK officers and engineers by NYKSM was accredited by DNV in May 2007. NYK will continue to provide specialized training to ensure safe operations for the company’s entire fleet.
1NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd. (NYKSM)
Headquartered in Singapore since 2001, NYKSM provides ship-management services, dispatches seafarers, and conducts training.
The United Nations’ specialized agency responsible for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine pollution by ships.
Established in 1864 in Oslo, Norway, Det Norske Veritas is an independent foundation that promotes the protection of life, property, and the environment. Around 9,000 staff members at 300 offices in 100 countries provide certification and consulting services in various areas, including shipping. In recent years, the foundation has started to offer a comprehensive range of services including certification related to seafarer training and skills.
The LNG Shipping Suggested Competency Standards (SIGTTO Standards) were established in November 2005 by the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators Limited (SIGTTO), a nonprofit organization of members representing gas and power companies, LNG carriers, and terminal operators. The SIGTTO Standards are agreed criteria for best practices and acceptable standards to provide safety to the industry and to enhance energy security.
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