A new training centre in the Philippines has been opened to the oil and gas industry following the support of Northern Marine Manning Services.
The Philippine Centre for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training Inc. (PHILCAMSAT) officially opened its MAST training centre in Maragondon, Cavite on the 18th October, following a project collaboration between its parent Company Philippine Transmarine Carriers Inc (PTC) and NMMS.
The new centre expands PHILCAMSAT’s training capabilities by offering accredited courses for the Offshore and Oil and Gas industries, including Basic Offshore Safety Induction Emergency Training (BOSIET), Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) and Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET).
NMMS supported PHILCAMSAT in the delivery of the centre, with Tony Littler, Global Head of Training and others offering consultancy throughout.
Tony said: “This year NMMS and PTC celebrate 30 years of partnership and the recent OPITO approval of the new MAST centre is a truly fitting way to mark such a milestone.
“PTC manage Filipino seafarers for Northern Marine – loyal and dedicated crewmembers, some of whom have worked for Northern Marine Management for over 25 years.
“The centre already had a good training infrastructure, but achieving Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) accreditation is a challenging process, so PTC asked us to support them with the process.”
NMMS provided relevant Oil and Gas knowledge and experience, leading the project towards the goal of achieving OPITO’s mandatory industry accreditation, which was awarded on the 30th June 2016.
The project support included vendor selection for equipment, procurement, creation of training curriculum, management systems and safety/risk assessment. Karen Avelino, PTC Executive Director said: “Northern Marine guided the PHILCAMSAT team throughout the documentation process for the desktop audit and even up to the procurement of equipment and tools necessary for the conduct of the course.
“Both PHILCAMSAT and Northern Marine are conscious about safety and proper delivery of courses to ensure that trainees are able to enhance their competency and apply what they have learned in real life situation.
“Northern Marine also played a huge role in recommending equipment providers, like Seftec, Survitec, Staber and other big names in the industry, well known for high quality products.
“The PHILCAMSAT-Northern Marine cooperation has just started and will continue to ensure our Offshore clients that we will conduct our courses to the highest standards.”
Pic of centre opening on 18th October. Left to Right: Gerardo A. Borromeo, Chief Executive Officer of PTCI, Tony Littler Global Head of Training for NMMS, Karen Avelino Executive Director Education and Professional Development, Congressman Jesulito Manalo and Reynaldo Rillo, Mayor of Maragondon