Master mariners, engineers to serve as faculty instructors at MMTC
THE Academic standard at the Matral Maritime Training Centre (MMTC), Calabar, Cross Rivers State received a boost recently when a group of marine Engineers and master mariners offered to serve as faculty instructors at the institution as part of measures to sustain the vision of its founder, late Captain Solomon Omoteso.
The MMTC, which according to a statement has received accreditation from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), is currently concluding accreditation exercise of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Bureau Veritas (BV) in order to internationalise its training programmes.
The Chairman of the institution, Chief Adebayo Sarumi said apart from International Maritime Organisation (IMO) recommended courses for seafarers, the centre is also out to train dockworkers in line with the recommendations of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and the International Transport Federation (ITF).
He said: “Nigerian dockworkers have never had any kind of structured training in this country before now. All over the world, this is a career where people are trained in many areas. We have secured facilities and we have foreign partners for these programmes. This is a program that has been suggested by the ILO and ITF for dockworkers.
“We are probably the first to heed to ILO and the ITF instructions. We have local and international accreditation. We are in good discussion with the American bureau of Shipping and the Bureau Veritas to internationalise our level of training.
“NIMASA has given us accreditation and we are bringing quality control experts to assess the content of our training which we want to bring to the international standards”, said Sarumi, adding that the MMTC which has been training marine personnel for the international oil companies also offer customised courses at the instance of its Customers.
Sarumi said: “We will not only have main campus at TINAPA, we can go to organizations’ premises to train their workers. We have trained over 1,000 marine workers for the IOCs.”