Thursday, May 23, 2013

Lloyd's Certification Awarded to Korean LNG Tanker Training Centre

Hyundai Subsidiary Formally Qualified to Educate Seafarers
Shipping News Feature

SOUTH KOREA – Lloyd's Register (LR) has recently awarded Approved Training Provider Certification to Hae Young Maritime Services Co. Ltd. (HMS), a subsidiary of Hyundai Merchant Marine Co. Ltd (HMM), one of Korea’s largest shipping companies which controls its own liquefied natural gas tanker fleet. The HMS Training Centre at Busan, Korea trains seafarers under the Society of International Gas Tanker and Terminal Operators (SIGTTO) training standards.

The facility is equipped with the newest sophisticated simulation training facilities identical to LNG carrier cargo handling systems and steam turbine plant. The specialised training is led by highly experienced qualified trainers with LNG carrier on-board management experience. Taeg Gyu Lee, President of HMS (also Managing Director of HMM), was presented with the ATP Certificate and Plaque at HMS’s office in Busan, by Lloyd’s Register’s Chief Representative in Korea, Soo-Young Lee. Mr T.G. Lee commented:

“Certification to the Lloyd’s Register ATP Scheme is a milestone for our company. Having in place an effective and efficient LNG carrier training system meeting the requirements of SIGTTO standards for the operation of our fleet brings real added benefits to the company and it allows us to be proactive in satisfying upcoming regulations, customer requirements and society’s expectations. We believe our HMS Training Centre will contribute to our global competitiveness in the training and resourcing of LNG carrier specialists. By gaining accreditation to the Lloyd’s Register Approved Training Provider Scheme, HMS is further deepening their co-operation and business with Lloyd’s Register.”

Lloyd’s Register’s Marine Consulting arm was recently contracted to provide a Longevity Study to develop an approach for a life extension regime of HMM’s first LNG carrier, the Hyundai Utopia. The company has substantial LNG carrier expertise with experienced and qualified on-shore staff and seafarers and now manages eight LNG carriers for Korean owners, and a 150,000 cubic metre membrane LNG carrier for a Greek owner.

Photo: The handover of the ATP Certificate and Plaque.