Gloucester, VA (PRWEB) March 19, 2013
Late last year, the U.S. Coast Guard announced a new requirement for mariners with STCW (standards of training, certification and watch keeping) Deck Officer endorsements to complete Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) training before Dec. 31, 2016.
Chesapeake Marine Training Institute in Gloucester, VA. will offer its next four-day ECDIS course starting Monday, May 6, helping professional mariners meet that new requirement.
Online registration is open here:
The course costs $795 and provides training in the basic theory and use of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems for those who will be in charge of a navigational watch on vessels equipped with ECDIS.
“The training comprises all safety-relevant aspects and for this reason aims beyond the use of operational controls,” said Capt. Guy Sorensen, president and founder of Chesapeake Marine Training Institute.
Chesapeake Marine Training Institute’s ECDIS course is approved for workforce development and veterans education and training.
Mariners who have completed Coast Guard approved or accepted ECDIS courses in the past will not need to take additional training.
"Certain officer endorsements will now indicate ECDIS limitations when evidence of ECDIS training has not been provided," according to the U.S. Coast Guard, which published the policy change on its Mariner Credentialing page here. "In order for an STCW endorsement for officer in charge of a navigational watch (OICNW), chief mate, or master to remain valid for service on vessels equipped with electronic chart display information systems (ECDIS) after December 31, 2016, you must complete a Coast Guard approved or accepted ECDIS course."
According to the Coast Guard, all applicants for an STCW deck officer endorsement who have not provided proof of approved ECDIS training will receive the following limitation - not valid for service on ECDIS equipped vessels after December 31, 2016.
Mariners who have already submitted the course completion certificate to the Coast Guard with a previous application package should include that information in their application package.
Mariners issued an STCW deck officer endorsement with this limitation may continue to serve on ECDIS equipped vessels until December 31, 2016 and can have the limitation removed at any time, free of charge, by requesting a modification and including a course completion certificate.
Chesapeake Marine Training Institute offers Coast Guard-approved ECDIS courses throughout the year, and with enough notice and a minimum student participation level, can offer additional courses.
Chesapeake Marine Training Institute's credentialing experts can guide mariners through this process.
All courses will be held at the Chesapeake Marine Training Institute’s campus in Hayes, VA.
About Chesapeake Marine Training Institute:
Established in 1992, Chesapeake Marine Training Institute (CMTI) – a service disabled, Vietnam era veteran owned business – provides professional marine educational services to military and civilian mariners. While its modern classrooms and outdoor training area is located on George Washington Memorial Highway near Gloucester Point in Hayes, CMTI proudly also offers on-site training and home study programs.
In 2002, Marine Log magazine called CMTI one of the top maritime educational, recruitment and training resources in the nation.
Its instructors are seasoned mariners, holding a current U.S. Coast Guard License as Master with a minimum of five years at sea experience. CMTI’s staff also includes License Consultants trained by the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center as Mariner Credentialing Agents. These agents serve as experts to help each mariner sail smoothly through their licensing application process.
Learn more about Chesapeake Marine Training Institute at http://www.chesapeakemarineinst.com or call 800-642-CMTI.