Friday, September 21, 2012

Japanese Freight and Container Group Achieve Training Success

Philippines Recruits are Vital to Continued Success
Shipping News Feature

PHILIPPINES – The Filipino based K Line Maritime Academy (KLMA) tells us its Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork (SSBT) training course has now been certified by Japanese shipping classification register Nippon Kaiji Kyokai, Japan (NK) as an SSBT training course. To qualify the programme had to satisfy the model course set by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in the field of seafarer’s maritime education. K Line (Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha) although principally known for its container operations, also has a fleet including bulk freight and product tankers as well as RoRo ships and general cargo vessels. With the manning of the world’s merchant fleet so important to the Philippine nation, K Line’s success means the continuation of native workers employed as officers aboard its fleet.

The SSBT training course is required to be taken by Master and Deck Officers in compliance with the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW). The Electric Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) training course provided by KLMA had previously been certified by NK in January. Though K Line has been providing standardised training for all seafarers onboard its group vessels through KLMA, K Line aims to offer a higher level of globally standardised training by incorporating objective assessments from this third-party accreditation organisation, which will contribute to further strengthening safety and efficiency in navigation.

The certification ceremony was held at NK Headquarters on September 7th with attendees including NK Vice President Koichi Fujiwara and K Line Senior Managing Executive Officer Captain Masami Sasaki. Further demonstrating the importance of the region to the Japanese Line which maintains five offices in the Philippines, the 12th Asia Conference on Marine Simulator and Simulation Research (ACMSSR), in part sponsored by K Line, was held at the beginning of August in Manila. The conference heard lively discussions witnessed by the result of the research subsequently published. Instructors from KLMA also attended as observers and reported that they expanded their knowledge of education regarding the use of marine simulators.