MARINA Accredits NMP’s Five (5) Additional Training Courses
Final Inspection conducted by the MARINA STCW Officials on 22-23 January 2018 for the five (5) additional courses
TACLOBAN CITY – Five (5) additional training courses of the National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government controlled and operated maritime training and research institution with principal address located at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, have been duly accredited by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), namely: Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (BTOCTCO), Advanced Training for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations (ATOTCO), New Management Level Course for Marine Deck Officers (NMLCDO), Updating Course for Management Level Marine Deck Officers (UCMLDO) and Updating Training for Officers-In-Charge of a Navigational Watch (UTOICNW).
As per formal letter received from MARINA dated 30 January 2018, NMP was granted full course approval of five (5) additional courses valid for a period of three (3) years along with the accreditation of instructors, assessors and supervisors who will be handling the said courses.
During the said period, announced and unannounced visits will be made by MARINA STCW Office or its duly authorized representatives to ascertain NMP’s compliance with the MARINA’s rules and regulations.
MARINA’s approval ensures that the courses are designed and structured in accordance with the standards of competence prescribed under the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW 1978), as amended in 2010.
Upon successful completion of the aforementioned training courses, the seafarer-trainees will be able to :
- Basic Training for Oil and Chemical Tanker Cargo Operations (BTOCTCO)
- Contribute to the safe cargo operation of oil and chemical tankers; take precautions to prevent hazards and pollution of the environment from the release of oil or chemicals; carry out fire-fighting operation; and apply occupational health and safety precautions and measures.
- Advanced Training for Oil Tanker Cargo Operations (ATOTCO)
- Understand the construction, maintenance, repair and outfitting of fast rescue boats; operate a fast rescue boat; and take charge of the launching equipment and appliance as commonly fitted during and after launching and recovery.
- New Management Level Course for Marine Deck Officers (NMLCDO) – Function 1, 2, 3
- Function 1 (Navigation at the Management Level) – Plan a voyage and conduct navigation; coordinate search and rescue operations; establish Watchkeeping arrangements and procedures; maintain safe navigation through the use of ECDIS and associate navigation systems; and respond to navigational emergency and maneuver and handle ships in all conditions.
- Function 2 (Cargo handling and stowage at the Management Level) – Plan and ensure safe loading, stowage, securing, care during the voyage and unloading of cargoes; and take appropriate action on reported defects and damage to cargo spaces, hatch covers and ballast tanks.
- Function 3 (Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Management Level) – Control trim, stability and stress; monitor and control compliance with legislative requirements and measures to ensure safety of life at sea; maintain safety and security of ship’s crew and passengers and the operational condition of life-saving, fire-fighting and other safety systems; develop emergency and damage control plans and handle emergency situations; use leadership and managerial skills; and organize and manage the provision of medical care on board.
- Updating Course for Management Level Marine Deck Officers (UCMLDO) – Function 1 & 3
- Function 1 (Navigation at the Management Level) – Plan a voyage and conduct navigation; coordinate search and rescue operations; and maintain safe navigation through the use of ECDIS and associated navigation systems to assist command decision-making.
- Function 3 (Controlling the Operation of the Ship and Care for Persons on Board at the Management Level) – Use of leadership and managerial skills; apply task and workload management and effective resource management; and demonstrate the ability to effectively assess risk in the planning and conduct of simulated or real shipboard activities.
- Updating Training for Officers-In-Charge of a Navigational Watch (UTOICNW)
- Maintain a safe navigational watch; and use of ECDIS to maintain the safety of navigation.
Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also regularly conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.
Those interested to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP website and its facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available.