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Changing the face of Marine training Centre
Sunday, 27 June 2010
With all the overlapping projects rolling in MTC by the year 2009, other onboard events will be merged soon.

The two double storey buildings completed in December 2009 will not just improve the living communities of the trainees in MTC but will also change their lifestyle to an upgraded fashion as expected on board international ships.

It embedded with the MTC emblem towards the parade ground and facilitate two male trainees dormitories with 24 bunks and lockers and one community toilet as well as one female trainees dorm with 24 bunks and lockers and a separate toilet. The shipmaster’s cabin and one passenger cabin will faciliate the basic steward training in housekeeping like aboard ships.

A total of ten new classrooms were built, each fully equiped with an information technolgy (IT) terminal. Two of the ground classrooms can be combined with a movable partition.

The new buildings will be opened in March this year. In overall and as with the new simulators, other new training appliances and equipment, MTC, then will continue to move on providing seafaring training to trainees, refreshing and upgrading seafarers using the latest training equipment and facilities.

The 89th IDF course trainees as well as refreshing and upgrading seafarers will move and start using the new buildings by end of March 2010.

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Safety of boats operated by government department and agencies
Sunday, 27 June 2010
When looking around the Pacific region one cannot fail to see an increasing number of small boats of various designs are being used by government departments and agencies to deliver service to its customers. Some of these departments and agencies are those that look after education, health, police, agriculture, customs and fisheries. While this initiative is commendable, a number of avoidable incidents have occurred, some with tragic results as ighlighted below.
 
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Latest STCW review set to improve seafarer certificate issue
Sunday, 27 June 2010
Draft amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention), and its associated Code, have been approved by the Sub-Committee on Standards of Training and Watchkeeping (STW) and are ready for submission to a Diplomatic Conference that will meet in Manila, Philippines, from 21 to 25 June 2010, for adoption of the amendments. Draft amended text of the STCW Convention and Code that have been prepared by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) STW Subcommittee at their 41st session, mark the first major revision of the two instruments since those adopted in 1995 that revised the original 1978 Convention.
 
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IMO regional seminar on operational safety of domestic ferries and non- convention vessels
Sunday, 27 June 2010
The above seminar co-hosted by Secretariat of the Pacific Community’s (SPC) Regional Maritime Programme (RMP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) was held in Suva, Fiji from 7-11 December 2009. The seminar was attended by participants representing Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Republic of Marshall Islands, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu and resource people from Bligh Water Shipping Ltd, Samoa Shipping Corporation and RMP.

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