Education

Last year, MITAGS hosted several operators from Japan’s Toyo Shingo Tsushinsha Corporation (TST) – or Toyo Signal Broadcasting Corporation when translated to English – for a two-week US Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) training program in Baltimore, Maryland. TST, again this year, sent several more of their operators for the two-week VTS training program.

This training program provided TST’s operators with an immersive learning experience that included shiphandling instruction on MITAGS’s full-mission bridge simulator and traffic management on our all-weather navigation (AWN) simulators. Additional topics also covered general nautical knowledge, communication coordination, and practice responding to simulated emergency situations. All courses were taught in English, requiring each operator to pass a language exam before they could travel abroad and participate in the program.

The operators received instruction from MITAGS’s adjunct faculty member W. Allen Birch, LCDR (USCG Ret), MEd, MBA, MHRM and Brent Rahe from the U.S. Coast Guard. All four TST operators successfully passed the VTS training program at the conclusion of their two-week instruction and will now go back to Japan to share their expanded knowledge and skills with their colleagues.

MITAGS offers their IALA accredited VTS training program throughout the year, but can also create a custom experience, like the program TST’s employees just completed, upon request. For more information, please contact Captain, Bob Becker, Director of Business Development at MITAGS, at rbecker@mitags.org.