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Moving with the industry: Simulating Offshore Wind Farms

Our team of 3D artists have been working hard to create ECDIS Ltd’s first simulated generic wind farm environment. Based off the real life Kentish Flats wind farm near Margate the new environment will give our instructors a new area to base exercises from adding fresh ideas to their simulated scenarios...

The Importance of Continuous Professional Development

As a Navigational training academy, Continuous Professional Development…

Simulation and Its Usefulness as a Training Aid

ECDIS Ltd has delivered training using simulation since its inception.…

Training the Simulator Trainers for the Real World

We are still Training the Trainers, this time in the simulator.…

ECDIS Ltd - Training The Trainers

ECDIS Ltd carried out and completed their first 6.09 Instructors ‘Train the trainer’ course at the beginning of June and since then has received the official rubber stamp of approval from the MCA. One of our ECDIS Ltd instructors, Richard Sloly (although we all call him Joe) attended the training and so can hold his 6.09 certificate up high, here he talks about his week on the course...

5 Hints and Tips on Chart Purchasing

Chart Purchasing – Start here! Choosing the right ECDIS system from the array of types and costs available often feels overwhelming, but it is only half the story. If you’re considering (or reconsidering) your current Chart Purchasing strategy, try starting with these tips...

4 Hints and Tips Towards Better Teaching Techniques

Having to deliver or even attend training courses that are by their very nature defined as ‘dry and boring’ can be fuelled by the fact that the lessons are full of statistics and definitions or where lecturers have got it horribly wrong during lesson planning. Some of the tell tale signs are: Too many PowerPoint slides (The moment a student picks up on this it will usually drive fear and dread in to their hearts and will hinder engagement). Over use or poorly measured colour schemes on slides Over use of transition. Bad PowerPoint technique and timing (Jumping in and out of slides and presentations) Skipping slides So, are we going to just accept that some lessons are very dry and as an instructor just plough through the lesson and get onto more interesting lessons, or, is it possible to look at maybe a different approach to the delivery? When I say different approach, I am really talking about engagement with students. Standing at the front of a course and regurgitating stuff from a folder, book or tablet can be counter-productive. Some lessons will be dry and boring, but by approaching this kind of lesson differently, it is possible to embrace these lessons and get as much out of them as possible from more interactive ones. Here’s how...

What is the effect of the recent drop in oil prices on the shipping industry?

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Nearly all merchant ships use oil in some form for their main…

The Future of Marine Simulation

For many years the aviation community has embraced simulator-based…

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