MARINA RE-ACCREDITS NMP COURSES
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), the sole government maritime training and research center in the country consistent with its mandate to provide maritime training and research that measure up to international standards and respond to the needs of the Flipino Seafarers and the industry, was re-accredited by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA).
In a letter from MARINA dated 04 February 2020 relative to the Notice of Accreditation, NMP’s five (5) Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) courses namely: Rating’s Forming Part of a Navigational Watch (RFPNW), Medical First Aid (MEFA), Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other than Fast Rescue Boats (SCRB), Refresher course on Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other than Fast Rescue Boats (RSCRB), and Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Radio Operators were granted full course approval for three (3) years effective last 14 February 2020 which was the date of the payment of accreditation and inspection fees.
The application for renewal of NMP’s courses were in accordance with MARINA Circular 2013-01 or the Rules on the Inspection and Accreditation of Maritime Training Courses, STCW Circular 2018-02 or Standards for Mandatory Training Courses Under The STCW Convention, 1978, as amended, and STCW Advisory No. 2019-05 or Clarifications and Supplemental Guidelines on the Implementation of STCW Circular No. 2018-02.
The said renewal approval was a result of the site inspection conducted by MARINA last 04-08 November 2019 and the submitted course packages to the MARINA Central Office on 21 February 2020 complying the above-mentioned MARINA issuances.
Meanwhile, the other five (5) courses in need of reaccreditation are scheduled for re-inspection by MARINA to verify full compliance of the equipment and facilities on 24-28 February 2020 namely: Basic Training (BT), Refresher Course on Basic Training (RBT), Advance Fire Fighting (AFF), Refresher Course on Advanced Fire Fighting (RAFF), and Ratings Forming Part of a Watch in a Manned Engine-room or designated to Perform Duties in a Periodically Unmanned Engine room (RFPNW).
Adherent to its priority thrust on the quality, accessibility and relevance of training programs and the responsiveness of its maritime researches, 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.
Moreover, those interested in NMP research undertakings may visit the NMP website (www.nmp.gov.ph) and access the e-Research Information System Portal which is designed to disseminate NMP completed researches, present the Research Agenda and engage the industry stakeholders to collaborate in the research activities.
For more information about NMP trainings viewers may visit the agency’s facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter) where all related information on NMP trainings are available. Likewise, for shortlisting on preferred training schedules, please visit verify.nmp.gov.ph or download the NMP App on Google Play Store.
Further, NMP encourages OWWA registered seafarers to avail of the NMP-OWWA (Overseas Workers Welfare Administration) Seafarers’ Upgrading Program (SUP) and Skills for Employment Scholarship Program (SESP) which entitles the beneficiary to receive financial assistance for training costs from the OWWA.