NYK Receives Certification for Offshore Wind Crew Transfer Vessel Training Program

On February 7, NYK received certification from Class NK for Japan’s first training program for crew members of crew transfer vessels (CTVs), scheduled to be conducted at the Akita School of Wind and Sea training center in Oga City, Akita Prefecture. In April, NYK will open the training center, and it will offer offshore wind industry training programs among others.

NYK plans to offer three training programs and received certification from Class NK for simulator-based training for operating CTVs (Course III explained below*). The certification confirms that the training program meets quality and international standards after a review of the training framework, evaluation criteria, instructor competence, students’ satisfaction, and improvement process. The training uses the latest ship-handling simulators to reproduce the movement of a vessel pushing against an offshore wind turbine in severe weather and sea conditions, aiming to improve the advanced navigational safety skills required for CTV ship handling.

The training center opened its website and began accepting applications on February 16 for its first training program: basic safety training for workers (Course I). Applications for the training center’s two other programs — i.e., basic safety training for seafarers (Course II) and simulator-based training for operating CTVs (Course III) — will open on the training center’s website shortly.

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