Indonesian group trains at AVTEC

Members of the Indonesian Coast Guard and navy began two weeks of training at the Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward Aug. 24.

The training for the group of 15 is focusing on the U.S. Coast Guard-approved Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, an international emergency response network that uses land and satellite-based communications, according to an AVTEC release.

“AVTEC is proud to be a quality maritime training facility with superior training technologies,” school director Ben Eveland said in a release. “Our full mission bridge simulator allows our staff to provide world-class training and we look forward to supporting the Indonesian Coast Guard and navy’s training needs.”

AVTEC has three interactive ship bridge simulators that allow the school to train mariners and captains for demanding on-the-water scenarios.

The school also offers the only U.S. Coast Guard-certified ice navigation course in the country — one of four in the world, according to AVTEC faculty. Advanced simulated maritime training is not offered in Southeast Asia, the release states.

The Indonesian students are accompanied by an interpreter and are staying in the AVTEC dorms during their time in Seward.