Capt Krishnamurthi inaugurates 1st DGS Approved ECDIC course
Capt A.K.Bansal, issues certificates to the first batch
Monday, December 31, 2012


BSN Network / Chennai

Capt S. Krishnamurthi, President of Nautical Institute, UK and Vice President of Sanmar Shipping Ltd Chief Guest at HIMT, Chennai complimented HIMT in his address for being the first institute to obtain DG approval of the critical ECDIS generic courseware. He was inaugurating the 1st DGS approved ECDIS Course on 17th Dec’12.

Capt Krishnamurthy highlighted the importance of this training and sound operating procedures as mitigating tools for the much awaited transition from paper charts to ECDIS. He emphasized that the Nautical Institute spearheaded the IMO strategy for the implementation of the overarching e-Navigation concept within which ECDIS as a building block. He underlined that bridge ergonomics, robust and reliable navigational tools, sensible information display and control system were designed within the e-Nav umbrella to assist, engage and support the navigator who would be at the center of the decision and execution matrix.

Capt. Krishnamurthi expressed his confidence in the quality of training and infrastructure, a hallmark of HIMT over the years under Mr. Sanjeev Vakil’s leadership.

Later in his introductory message, Mr. Sanjeev S.Vakil, Managing Director, HIMT thanked the Chief Guest for gracing the occasion and thanked DGS for speedily granting deemed approval in just one day of submission of the proposal. He was glad about India being among the top few to implement STCW 2010. He was optimistic that India would make it to the white list very soon, as many other institutes of India have also received the approval for ECDIS as well as other courses complying with STCW 2010 requirements. He expected several institutes to commence the course shortly, with atleast 5 institutes in Chennai itself. HIMT has been conducting ECDIS ever since 2004, as a value added course, including an approved course under Marshall Island administration. He further added, “we kept a low profile in the ECDIS after the manila amendments came into force, as we did not want ECDIS to become one more SSO course, which was also conducted as a Value added course and same candidates came back again and had to undergo a DGS approved course.”

The Chief Guest of the Valedictory function, Capt.A.K.Bansal a renowned legal luminary and a maritime arbitrator did the honors by distributing the course completion certificates to the first batch of ECDIS course at the Valedictory function. He was given a floral welcome by Mrs. Tarangini S.Vakil. It was a fitting occasion that Capt.Bansal a senior and very much respected elder statesman of the profession graced the event to congratulate those mariners who took the lead and ensured they were the first to obtain this qualification.

Capt. Bansal expected that HIMT would continue to break new ground in the future as they have been doing in the past and be counted among the pioneers and peers in the training field.

Capt R. Anand, presented a memento and M. V.R.Venkatesan, Director (Engineering) proposed the Vote of Thanks.

HIMT now is the FIRST and only Institute of India to offer all mandatory courses for both the disciplines- Engineers and Masters/Nautical Officers to comply with STCW 2010 requirement. HIMT has commenced FREE ONLINE booking for all their courses, whereby a Seafarer could book the course from any part of the Globe through a tailor made soft ware by HIMT.

Now an officer could undergo all Revalidation course for Deck Officers/ Engineers, along with Refresher course for AFF, PSCRB, PST & FPFF, SSO/ Security awareness course and ECDIS course back to back at HIMT and also complete their medicals as well and submit all the documents required for renewing their COC to HIMT. On behalf of the candidates HIMT does all the documentation including attestation and submits the same to MMD, Chennai so that the officers have a hassle free process for their COC-

Truly a ONE STOP Solution.