Maritime Pilots – Keeping Up With The Latest Technologies Onboard
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Maritime Pilots – Keeping Up With The Latest Technologies Onboard

The Maritime Pilots back then

The profession of the maritime pilot goes back to ancient Greece and Roman times. Back then the experienced harbor captains, mainly the fishermen, were employed by incoming ships’ captains to bring their trading vessels, safe into port. As this profession gradually became a necessity, it was regulated to safeguard that pilots had adequate insurance and so the harbors licensed their profession.
Many years later and many technological advancements ahead, maritime pilots continue to play a significant role for the safe navigation of the vessel to the port and are far beyond the fishermen philosophy.

Maritime Pilots today

Maritime pilots are navigational experts, who manoeuvre ships while arriving or departing a port. They need to possess knowledge of the particular waterway such as its depth, currents and hazards. They need to be up for the task and be prompted to execute and confront the challenges and be up-to-date with the latest technologies of any vessels they are boarding. Part of these challenges is the safe operation of different ECDIS equipment a pilot is faced with onboard these vessels on a daily basis and this is the challenge that we are addressing with our latest online ECDIS Training for Maritime Pilots.

ECDIS Training designed exclusively for Maritime Pilots

SafeLearn offers an online course, specifically tailored for the needs of the maritime pilots while understanding the complex nature of their professional role. This online training course on Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS), acts as an informative course and a familiarisation tool, precisely designed for pilots operating this equipment. The course ensures that the pilot is up to date and equipped with refreshed knowledge of the different equipment for safe manoeuvring of the vessel.

Pilots are in a different situation from ships’ bridge crews when it comes to operating ECDIS. They do not manage the system files or input and update data; therefore, not all subjects covered in the IMO Model Course and Type Specific Training (TST) are directly relevant to a pilot’s job.

Generic and Type-Specific Familiarisation

SafeLearn’s ECDIS Training for Maritime Pilots covers both generic topics and type-specific familiarisation. Subject areas covered in the course include an overview of ECDIS carriage requirements, electronic charts, ECDIS navigational functions, ship handling with ECDIS, sensor integration, alert management, as well as the latest changes according to the new IHO and IEC standards.

In keeping up with all the latest technologies, this e-course aims to ensure that maritime pilots understand the navigational functions of ECDIS, and are familiar with the features that are common to all ECDIS systems.

Get the full overview of ECDIS Training for Maritime Pilots by SafeLearn here.