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Use of vessel handling simulators in testing practical competence of boatmasters
Posted by Annonymous on April 01, 2014 | 0 Comments
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In order to meet the increasing demand for qualified crew members for inland navigation in the medium and long term, the STF Committee (Committee on Social Questions, Employment and Training) of the Central Commission for the Navigation of the Rhine (CCNR), in cooperation with competent experts from EDINNA, adopted a road map to the use of vessel handling simulators in the context of optional practical training and examination.

It is essential that skippers have a high level of competence backed by practical experience, thereby ensuring safety on inland waterways. At present, the only means of attesting this practical experience is the accumulation of four years of navigation time, listed in the crew member’s service record book. Training and examination on top-quality simulators would make it possible to submit candidates to near-real conditions in which they’d be able to better prove acquired skills and competences.

STF Committee is thus opening the way for the validation
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