16 May 2012
ECDIS ‘Top Guns’ Announced
UK based ECDIS training and consultancy company ECDIS Ltd are celebrating over two years award of the Honourable Company of Master Mariners (HCMM) sponsored ECDIS prize. The prize is awarded to the best ECDIS student of the month and is eligible to all those undertaking a generic IMO 1.27 ECDIS training course with ECDIS Ltd. In recognition of their success, the worthy recipient receives an elegant gift and a plaque with the student’s name on it adorns the ‘Ship’s Wheel’ at ECDIS Ltd’s facility. A list of past winners can be found at the following link www.ecdis.org/training/awards.
The origin of the Honourable Company may be traced to the Annual Shipmasters’ Dinner held in Liverpool on 2nd March 1921. Sir Burton-Chadwick suggested that the profession was entitled to form, and was capable of forming, a Guild or Company very much on the lines of the old City of London Livery Companies. His vision was realised on 25th June 1926 with the formation of the Company of Master Mariners. Her Majesty the Queen became the Honourable Company’s Patron in 1952. His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh was Master from 1954 to 1957, and then became Admiral of the Company – a post he holds to this day. His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales was Master from 1988 to 1990.
Malcolm Instone, Director of Operations & Standards at ECDIS Ltd, says,
“All at ECDIS Ltd are immensely proud of the company’s link with the HCMM and are extremely honoured that they are sponsoring one of our prizes. By doing so they are actively encouraging mariners not to simply meet the mandated minimum requirement of certification, but to strive to constantly improve and better themselves in the field of navigation and ECDIS in particular. Professional development is the application of the will of the individual to build upon knowledge acquired through education, training and experience; something which lies at the heart of ECDIS Ltd and the HCMM.”
The HCMM added,
“The Honourable Company has as its core purpose the maintenance of standards and professionalism of Deck Officers of the Merchant Service and the continuing need to incorporate modern technologies in the operation of and management of command facilities at sea and particularly in the area of navigational safety. The Master Mariners are proud to support the work of ECDIS Ltd in this field.”
ECDIS Ltd provide navigation training, purchasing, charting and consultation in Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) and the military equivalent (WECDIS, ECDIS-N). They specialise in providing Flag State approved IMO model ECDIS courses and Equipment Specific training on an extensive number of systems. Static training is delivered in their state of the art Training Centre near Southampton (UK) and portable training can be conducted in a location of the customer’s choosing, even onboard if facilities can support it. ECDIS Ltd trainers are highly experienced in the practical use of ECDIS, and combined have taught over 1500 mariners. Their static ECDIS training is endorsed and accredited by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, whilst their portable training solution is approved by Det Norske Veritas. Equipment Specific training is accredited by the Nautical Institute.
For further information:
Director of Operations & Standards
Atlantic 3600 Building Parkway
Solent Business Park
Tel: +44 (0) 1489 559677