NMP, Executive Director, Romulo V. Bernardes shares his idea during the 2 day Global MET Annual Conference

TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) Executive Director Romulo V. Bernardes takes part in the Marine HR & Education Forum held at Holiday Inn Mumbai International Airport, India last 3rd and 4th of November this year. In his statement during the conference, the Executive Director articulates his views on the rights and benefits of Overseas Contract Workers (Sea Based).

The Maritime Seafarer Training & Education Association (GlobalMET) spearheaded the forum participated in by speakers from the Marine Human Resource Training Providers of China, Philippines and Ukraine. Speakers and delegates from over 10 maritime nations including the United States of America (USA) came over to India for such a conference, the first in the history of the forum since its inception.

The two (2) day session comprised of discussions on:

Day1- Session 1 – A session, where representatives from Ukraine, Philippines, China and India shared the latest updates and status of the recruitment and training of Human Resources in their respective countries.

Day 2 – Session 1 – Use of E-Technology in Navigation, Communication & Training– From the use of advanced simulation, elearning to gaming technology with the use of virtual/augmented reality – this session had the participants at the edge of their seats. It was time for the industry to unanimously agree that the seafarer of tomorrow will go beyond books and classroom for his/her training needs. The stage also welcomed updates on latest communication solutions available for mariners and developments in the offing.

Day 2 – Session 2 – Monitoring Performance of Shipboard Operation– From latest information on the much spoken about Ballast Water Management Systems to the increase in number of women seafarers – this session was a perfect signing off note for the future to come Training in the Digital World (discussed by Ralf Lehnert/ Vice President Academy/ Simulation & Training/Transas), Game Technology for Maritime Training.

From Left (NMP, Executive Director Romulo V. Bernardes, Mr. George Hoyt/ IMO Ambassador, Mr. Edgar Dominic Milla/ Chief Operations officer of PTC Inc.) during the 2 day GlobalMET Annual Conference.

GlobalMET is a Maritime Education and Training Provider’s Association which started its operations in the Asia Pacific Region and has now rapidly grown to become “One Global Voice” for matters relating to Maritime Education and Training (MET). Global MET is the only Global Association which is managed and run by the MET providers themselves. Today, GlobalMET enjoys membership of ninety-one (91) institutional members across thirty-six (36) economies globally; out of which 16 member institutions are from the host venue (India).

Philippines as a member economy has ten (10) participating training and manning agency which NMP is a part of the member training institution.

Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide maritime trainings required pursuant to the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (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.

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