ECDIS Training Course for the 2,500th Participant in the INTERSCHALT MET

Maritime Education & Training Center in Schenefeld, Germany: pivotal hub for ship crews from around the world
Logo Interschalt (PresseBox) (Schenefeld, ) Just five years after the inception of its MET (Maritime Education and Training Center), INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG has already welcomed the 2,500th course participant. Piers Edward Duncan Boileau-Goad comes from Great Britain and took part in an ECDIS training course. The 27-year-old holds the position of Second Officer in the service of Oceania Cruises. The cruise company regularly sends its nautical officers and captains to Schenefeld for training. Each year, about 500 captains, ship`s officers and pilots from all over the world joining the broad range of courses.For example, the group of the British special celebration guest consitsted of crew members from Croatia and Italy.

Axel Schult, head of INTERSCHALT MET, presented Second Officer Boileau-Goad with a certificate as a remembrance of the special occasion. It goes without saying that the Briton successfully passed the ECDIS course test. Boileau-Goad was enthused about the simulation possibilities provided on four ship bridges - one with a 270 degree panorama and three with a 120 degree view - and the four different manufacturer's systems available on demand: " The Training was marvelous, a friendly, helpful and patient instructor - Mr. Michael Neumann, who was able to answer our questions before we asked them. A wonderful set up, very lifelike. A very useful tool for both awareness of the system and reminding oneself of the training."
Image: Certificate for the special occasion
Caption: Second Officer Piers Edward Duncan Boileau-Goad (left) of Oceania Cruises went into the classroom as the 2,500th course participant at INTERSCHALT MET. A certificate, presented by MET head Captain Axel Schult, will remind Mr.Boileau-Goad of the special occasion. (Photo: Justin Hohmann)
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INTERSCHALT MET: Courses and Simulator Training

With the Maritime Education and Training Center (MET) training facility, INTERSCHALT - a provider of services and equipment in the maritime industry - is oriented toward various target groups: from nautical officers, technical officers and captains to pilots and ship owners personnel. The offerings range from an introduction to basic maritime knowledge to engine control room and bridge simulations. In addition to the generic and type-specific ECDIS training, the MET provides courses for the Interschalt MACS3 loading computer, fleet management software Bluefleet and the Bluetracker ship monitoring software. INTERSCHALT's training portfolio makes it possible for all participants to acquire the necessary knowledge and skills in an increasingly complex maritime environment, and to adapt to wider-ranging and rapidly changing technology. "With our training of crews, we make an important contribution to safer seamanship and navigation - including emergency management. Only highly qualified personnel react fast and correct in an emergency. In the MET, our extremely realistic bridge simulators makes? it possible to practice in an envrionment, where errors have no consequences. Ideally, the trainees don't make the same mistake a second time", explains MET head Axel Schult. To prevent errors, seminars are offered to cover all aspects of hazardous goods transportation. Related courses keep on-board hazardous goods appointees up-to-date.

INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG - The premium partner for the maritime-shipping industry With its broad range of products and services, INTERSCHALT maritime systems AG covers the entire service lifecycle of ships and their associated value-added chain. This value-added chain includes high-quality, highly efficient satellite communications solutions, automation systems, electrical/electronic systems as well as service, support and training. In short, INTERSCHALT is a comprehensive provider serving the entire maritime industry.
In addition to its headquarters in Schenefeld, Germany (near Hamburg), INTERSCHALT has eleven branch offices in Europe, North America and Asia. These worldwide locations form a comprehensive and efficient service network that is supplemented by the expertise of local partner companies. INTERSCHALT has more than 300 employees and annual sales of some 60 million euros. www.interschalt.de

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