Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Training Essential to the Future of the Shipping Sector Still Available Across the Globe

Two Different Operations with a Common Purpose
Shipping News Feature

TAIWAN – UK – Two very different organisations announced enhanced training programmes this week, both with a maritime bent. Located in Taoyuan County, Taiwan, the Evergreen Seafarer Training Centre (ESTC), financed by the giant Evergreen container shipping group, was established in August 1999 to carry out advanced training for seafarers. In June 2001 ESTC became the first training centre in Taiwan to be awarded the ISO-9001:2000 certificate by DNV (Det Norske Veritas) and today ESTC proudly claims to be one of the world’s most sophisticated maritime training establishments continuing to provide training courses for Taiwanese and foreign seafarers. Since its inauguration over thirteen years ago, more than 30,000 seafarers have undergone training at the facility.

Last week, at a ceremony ESTC was officially certified by leading class society ClassNK to provide training courses in Bridge Resource Management (BRM), Electronic Chart Display Information Systems (ECDIS) and Engine-room Resource Management (ERM). While ESTC has already attained the ISO9001:2008 standard, the new certification confirms that training programs at the Center meet the stringent requirements of ClassNK as well as those of an IMO model course and the STCW Code.

In the UK Birkenhead based Maritime and Engineering College North West (MECNW), part of the Mersey Maritime Group, has doubled its commercial training sales to six figures this year after winning new clients across the UK. Commercial training courses at MECNW lead to either an NVQ level qualification or the licence to work in a specific trade; these include marine engineering as well as others such as mechanical, electrical, health and safety careers. Mersey Maritime Group chief executive Jim Teasdale, who runs MECNW, said the college is experiencing strong demand for commercial training across all sectors commenting:

“At MECNW our commercial training packages are proving very popular with clients in the engineering, manufacturing, marine, offshore, petrochemical and construction sectors. Huge infrastructure projects are driving demand for skilled workers across the region. In Merseyside alone, wind farms, nuclear power and SuperPort are projected to double the maritime sector’s 28,000 workforce over the next 10 years.

“These projects will require a range of new skills. As the opportunities diversify, employers are increasingly turning to commercial training to upskill staff and renew essential safety licences. Our facilities which include 30 welding bays, a purpose built pipefitting extension and four simulators for port operations and product flow, are purpose built to meet these demands. MECNW sees a lot of room to grow in commercial training. While Merseyside is our key area, opportunities to drive future sales exist across the North West and the UK.”