Hyundai Samho Heavy Industries is said to have inked an order for two 9,000-teu containerships from a Singapore-based shipowner.
Also in 2001, the USCG approved the country's first STCW compliant five day ECDIS training course in the U.S. Long term STCW95 training and education programs are presently in development. The two levels of competency defined by STCW are operational (OIC or 3rd mate / 2nd mate) and management (CCM or 1st officer / Master). It is likely that for mariners sailing since August 1998, training and education in navigation at both the OIC and CCM levels will include the five day competency based ECDIS training course.
Accordingly, certified training in the operational use of ECDIS should consist of a five day course making use of simulation equipment for a real time operating environment appropriate for tasks in navigation, watch keeping and maneuvering. The primary goal is that the trainee should be able to smoothly operate the ECDIS equipment, use all of its navigational functions, select and assess all relevant information, respond correctly in the case of a malfunction, describe common errors of interpretation and describe potential errors of displayed data. The trainee should nofollow structured practice in the nofollowing: setting up and maintaining the display; operational use of electronic charts including updating, route monitoring, route planning, handling alarms; work with motion parameters and position correction; work with log records and voyage files; and operate interfaces with radar, ARPA, AIS transponders, and VDR's.