Cultural awareness and teamwork topped the agenda as Stena Association of Maritime Institutes (STAMI) held its first meeting of 2015 at the National Maritime College of Ireland in Cork.
It is the first time the association, made up of ten training institutes from three continents, has held one of its bi-annual meetings in Ireland.
Northern Marine was the driving force in the establishment of STAMI in 2009 and continues to support its aims to highlight best practices in the industry and set common standards for maritime training for Stena Group seafarers.
The event welcomed training institute and Industry representatives from across the globe.
Captain Kevin Slade, STAMI chairman, was a key-note speaker at the event.
He said: “This is the 10th Meeting of STAMI which has now been held at every one of the STAMI member locations in Sweden, Poland, Croatia, UK, Russia, The Philippines, India and now Ireland.
“It is particularly satisfying to note a full attendance and the continuing support for the initiatives of the group, especially the work on cultural awareness, and reported that the Videotel media package ‘It’s a Cultural Thing’ based on the STAMI publication ‘All Aboard’ and partly filmed on Stena Horizon and Stena Europe, has now won four major international media awards.
“Representatives from the World Maritime University and the UK Merchant Navy Training Board addressed the meeting on the subject of training initiatives for career development of current and future seafarers.
“The STAMI initiative is now recognised as a superb example of the beneficial effect that a peer group of professional Institutes can make by pooling knowledge and expertise for the benefit of all seafarers.”
Cultural Awareness Incorporation into Common Simulation Training, international student exchange programmes and the challenges facing women in maritime employment were also discussed at the two day meeting on 8th and 9th June.
Tony Littler, NMMS Global Head of Training and Drew Strannigan, NMMS Head of Training, were amongst a number of individuals who also addressed delegates. Paul Little, Principal and CEO of City of Glasgow Colleges, gave a Presentation on their new Glasgow Maritime Faculty which is scheduled to open, on time, in September and which will be home to future Northern Marine Cadets.
Ian Hampton, Northern Marine Group HR Director, explained the importance of the work of STAMI.
He said: “Northern Marine wholly supports associations like STAMI which aim to drive up industry training standards, bolster opportunities for information sharing and networking and ultimately create a better learning experience for young upcoming seafarers.
“Improving cultural awareness amongst Cadets is just one successful area of achievement of STAMI and I am certain the work of this association will continue to be of benefit to the member training institutes and the Cadets whose fledgling careers they nurture.”
The institutes which make up STAMI include: AMET and Tolani Maritime Institute, Admiral Makarov Maritime Academy, University of Rijeka, Philippine Center for Advanced Maritime Simulation and Training (PHILCAMSAT) and Mapau Institute of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, City of Glasgow College, Gdynia Maritime University, Centro De Formacao Maritima De Angola and National Maritime College of Ireland.