Maritime educational institutes in Singapore will be adding a liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering course to its training syllabus of seafaring cadets in an effort to keep up with the thriving maritime industry.
Other new courses include Advanced Liquefied Gas Tanker Safety, Passenger Ship Safety and Crowd Management will be supplemented, meeting the requirements set by the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
The new courses were announced on Wednesday (10 April) together with an initiative by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) with Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) and partner companies to pledge a total SG $8.88 million to extend funding for the Certificate of Competency (CoC) Class 5 (Special Limit) programmes until 2021.
The SG $8.88 million funding will go towards grooming and training 90 Chief Mates and 90 Marine Engineers.
The above developments were announced during the 6th graduation ceremony for CoC (Special Limit) programmes, graced by Quah Ley Hoon, Chief Executive of MPA.
This year, the ceremony saw 17 Chief Mates and 14 Marine Engineers graduate from the CoC Class 5 (Special Limit) programme. Additionally, six graduated from the CoC Class 4 (Special Limit) Masters programme.
To-date, more than 250 Chief Mates and Marine Engineers have graduated from this programme.
“The maritime industry is transforming, and having a skilled workforce is key to keeping the maritime industry competitive,” said Quah.
“We are pleased to continue our partnerships with e2i and participating maritime companies to support the CoC (Special Limit) programmes. With the extended funding, we hope to attract more talent, especially Singaporeans, into the maritime industry.”
Photo credit: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Published: 11 April, 2019
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