Mansukh Mandavia Inspects Kolkata Port, IWAI Jetty
Indian Minister of State for Shipping, Mansukh Mandaviya inspected the facilities and ongoing projects at Kolkata Port Trust and GR Jetty of Inland Waterways Authority of India. Mandavia visited Netaji Subhas Dock at Kolkata Port Trust where he stressed upon the need for strengthening the Dry Dock facilities. He also inaugurated the renovated Birsa Munda Sarani and Sonapur Road of the Port, and participated in the tree plantation activities organised by the Port Authorities. He later flagged off the state-of-the–art Seagoing Survey Launch (River Pearl-1) of KoPT.
Denmark Launches Offshore Education and Training Initiatives
As part of the implementation of the Danish government’s Plan for Growth in the Blue Denmark, 21 initiatives are now being launched in order to target education and training in the offshore sector, further qualify the labor force and create growth and jobs. The offshore industry is one of Denmark’s commercial positions of strength that is experiencing great growth. A working group established by the Danish Government under the auspices of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and…
Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day
International Maritime Organization (IMO) Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu has launched this year’s World Maritime Day theme, “Maritime education and training”, telling students and staff at the World Maritime University (WMU) that maritime education and training was essential for the long-term sustainability of the sector, both at sea and on-shore. The World Maritime Day theme provides a focus for year-round activities while the day itself is celebrated at IMO Headquarters and around the world in the last week of September.
PPG’s PMC Certified as RCEP Education Provider
PPG Industries’ protective and marine coatings (PMC) business has been certified as a Registered Continuing Education Provider (RCEP) of the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and now offers two training modules that enable ACEC members to earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs). “Principles of Corrosion, Surface Preparation and Coatings Basics” is a one-hour training module. “Coatings Basics: Epoxy, Polyurethane, Polysiloxane, Acrylic, Alkyd and Zinc-Rich” is a two-hour training module.
Education and Training the Theme for World Maritime Day
The IMO Council has endorsed a proposal by IMO Secretary-General Koji Sekimizu to adopt “Maritime education and training” as the World Maritime Day theme for 2015. Addressing the IMO Council, meeting for its 112th session at IMO Headquarters in London, Sekimizu said that effective standards of training remained the bedrock of a safe and secure shipping industry, which needs to preserve the quality, practical skills and competence of qualified human resources, in order to ensure its sustainability.
Meet the Maritime Education Standards Council
The Maritime Education Standards Council (MESC) is a coalition of 35 member schools in the U.S. and Canada that offer U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved maritime training courses to professional and recreational mariners. The coalition was formed with the aim to safeguard education standards and provide students who utilize MESC schools with a high level of training that meets all USCG guidelines. The organization is comprised of privately owned, public and/or nonprofit maritime education providers that offer national and STCW maritime education…
Japan Places Focus on Maritime Education
Present and future maritime education and training needs were the focus of an international symposium held during the 2015 World Maritime Day Parallel Event hosted in Japan’s port city of Yokohama and its capital Tokyo, July 20-21. The event was held in conjunction with Japan’s Marine Day, a national holiday. The opening session, held in Tokyo, was attended by Shinzō Abe, the Prime Minister of Japan, and addressed by Akihiro Ohta, Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Japan.
VSD Subsidiary Appoints Managing Director
VSD Global (VSDG), a subsidiary of VSD, LLC (VSD), headquartered in Virginia Beach, Va., has appointed Fred Stewart, CPT to the position of managing director. Fred was selected after serving as international business development director of VSD for the past four years. He has significant experience with the U.S. Navy, extensive knowledge of international markets, and a background in the training community. He has a bachelor’s in sociology/education, and a master’s certification in training systems.
Newport News VP Named a Woman of Distinction
Jennifer Boykin, vice president of engineering and design for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division, has received the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction Award. “We are thrilled to celebrate Jennifer and her accomplishments in the STEM and engineering fields,” said Mary Kate Andris, president and CEO, YWCA South Hampton Roads. “She has served as an outstanding role model for young women who want to pursue careers in engineering, therefore empowering women to believe they can succeed.
Panama Canal Authority Receives Honors
In honor of his leadership, Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Administrator/CEO Alberto Alemán Zubieta received a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from Lloyd’s List. Presented at the publication’s Global Awards ceremony in London, the award is given on an annual basis to an individual who has dedicated his or her life's work to furthering the development of the maritime industry. The ACP’s Center for Simulation, Research and Maritime Development (SIDMAR) also received the Lloyd’s List “Training Award” for its leadership in elevating the quality of maritime education and training.
USMMA MMarE Program Accredited and Highly Ranked
USMMA Master of Marine Engineering Program Completes its 6th Year. The United States Merchant Marine Academy’s Master of Science in Marine Engineering (MMarE) program is moving ahead and is currently completing its 6th year of operation. In addition, the MMarE program, which is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, was recently ranked 12th in “Student Engagement & Accreditation” in the U.S. News 2012 Top Online Education Program Rankings for Graduate Programs in Engineering.
Kumar to Lead MARAD Education and Training
Dr. Shashi N. Kumar, Academic Dean at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), has accepted a position to serve as Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator for Maritime Education and Training at the headquarters of the Maritime Administration (MARAD). Kumar will leave USMMA in October to take up his new role at MARAD, where he will lead its efforts to bolster the nation’s pool of merchant mariners and halp to address the needs of State and Federal maritime academies.
Newport News Fosters Home-grown Talent
Newport News’ Apprentice School seeks to go beyond training workers; it seeks to build leaders. The Apprentice School at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) Newport News Shipbuilding division offers an invaluable educational and career opportunity for those seeking a profession in shipbuilding, but the school’s benefits extend much further than that. Within the HII business, the company uses the program to groom its apprentices for leadership roles within its managerial and corporate ladder.
Foss Names Sumner CFO
Bryceon Sumner has joined Foss Maritime as chief financial officer, hired to oversee all aspects of the organization's financial function and performance. Sumner brings to the role years of experience gained at a number of organizations ranging from education technology and real estate, to architecture and financial services. Prior to joining Foss, Sumner served as COO and CFO for public and private companies, family offices and as a senior financial officer of a $60 billion government banking insurance fund.
STC Buys NAUTIS Simulator Classroom
The Egyptian River Transport Authorities (RTA), receiving party in The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity development in Higher Education project funded by the Netherlands, and STC Group as delivering party, purchased a classroom of NAUTIS Desktop Simulators to enhance the curriculum for its inland waterways training at the Regional Institute for River Transport (RIRT). The six NAUTIS simulators were delivered and installed by VSTEP at the RIRT headquarters in Caïro. The River…
SCI Gears Up for the Future
The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) signed a contract to purchase new equipment for its Center for Maritime Education in Houston, Texas, initiating a multiphase upgrade to SCI’s simulator technology located in one of the largest petrochemical complexes in the world. The upgrades introduce a path for future groundbreaking safety and security training. The first phase of SCI’s technology improvement places the Houston simulator on par with upgrades installed in 2009 at SCI’s Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, Ky.
Abu Dhabi Ports, Jaheziya Provide Maritime Courses
Abu Dhabi Ports, the master developer, operator and manager of the Emirate's commercial and community ports, as well as Khalifa Industrial Zone, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Jaheziya, the brand name for Tawazun’s Safety, Security and Disaster Management City. The Emirates News Agency WAM reported that Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, and Jamal Mohamed Al Shamsi, Jaheziya Managing Director signed the MOU at Abu Dhabi Ports Headquarters.
Kongsberg Forms Research Group to Optimize Simulator
Kongsberg Maritime AS, Simulation & Training has made an agreement with the Research Council of Norway to form a user-directed research program called SIMAR - Simulation of Demanding Maritime Operations - which is aimed at improving simulation training by enhancing focus on human factors. The main goal of the research project is to obtain new and improved knowledge of human factors in a learning environment based on simulated complex maritime operations, in order to develop a new generation of research based, maritime simulators for demanding and risky operations, e.g.
SCI Announces E-Learning Partnership
Beginning May 2012, The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) will enter into partnership with Consolidated Digital Publishing Inc. (CDP) to provide e-learning resources for companies and employees in the maritime industry. SCI’s online course offerings build on more than a century of the Institute’s legacy of continuing maritime education, adding effective, proven tactics in online learning to help maritime industry employees prevent injuries and accidents at work. SCI’s new e-learning opportunities give access to training that helps employees meet industry requirements with clear…
ST Engineering Raises Cap In STET
Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd (ST Engineering) announced today that ST Education & Training Private Limited (“STET”) has increased its issued and paid up capital from S$1m to S$2m. This increase in paid-up capital is by way of a bonus issue of 1,000,000 ordinary shares of S$1 each. This bonus issue is based on the ratio of one new share for every one existing share by way of capitalisation of the revenue reserve account. STET is 70% owned by ST Electronics (Training & Simulation Systems) Pte.
Kongsberg to Overhaul Seamen’s Church Simulators
SCI begins a massive rebuild of its Paducah, Ky. simulators used to train mariners for safety on the water. The Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) has signed a contract with Kongsberg Maritime for a complete overhaul of important maritime simulator technology at its Center for Maritime Education campus in Paducah, Ky. Installation begins in August to replace existing wheelhouse architecture with entirely new mechanisms and navigation tools that more closely mirror contemporary equipment and construction of modern vessels. The new simulators strengthen SCI’s service to American mariners.
MOL Enhances Seafarer Education in Philippines
Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Koichi Muto) today announced an agreement to introduce the Third Year Program with seven merchant marine schools in the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS*1) in Philippines. The move is aimed at cultivating seafarers who support high level of safety standards in vessel operations. MIS selected new Filipino seafarers from among third-year students at merchant marine schools, and gave them one year of training on MOL’s training ship and other MOL-operated vessels. The new program will bring forward selection of new seafarers by one year.
Retlif's Poggi Receives iNARTE Certification
Walter A. The certification is awarded to those who demonstrate knowledge, proficiency, education and experience in Electromagnetic Compatibility and the employment of EMC/EMI principles in Electronics and Electrical Design. Poggi has long been a leading advocate of continuing electronics industry education with particular emphasis on EMC/EMI training. His accomplishments include authorship of EMC/EMI publications, production of DVD training vehicles including “EMI & The World Around Us,” as well as direction and hosting of electromagnetic interference-related training seminars.
Malta Maritime Forum Targets Professional Education
The Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as part of the island’s maritime growth strategy. The MoU formalizes informal co-operation between the MMF and the Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal education which is recognized internationally.
SCI’s New Chapter in Maritime Training
On December 10, 2014, SCI launched a major initiative to transform training for America’s inland mariners at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The day before its 15th Annual River Bell Awards ceremony, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) pushed the proverbial boat out on a new era of maritime education. In prior months, SCI had installed new simulators and renovated the hospitality areas at its Center for Maritime Education in Paducah, KY. The official dedication…
IACS Focus on Education & Training on World Maritime Day
The International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) has marked World Maritime Day by expressing its support for the efforts of the International Maritime Organization to promote the vital contribution made to the industry by its most important asset: its people. In selecting Maritime Education and Training as its theme for World Maritime Day 2015, the IMO is seeking to focus attention on a wide spectrum of maritime education and training as the foundation of a safe and secure shipping industry.