Fifteen lecturers of the Maritime Academy of Nigeria (MAN), Oron have arrived lndia for a one month training on manning the simulators recently acquired by the Academy even as the school has also begun process to include OPITO Certification to its training portfolio.
The Rector of the Academy, Commodore Duja Emmanuel Effedua (Rtd) who disclosed this in a telephone conversation with our correspondent at the weekend said the simulators acquired by the school would be arriving the country in batches from mid February to April 2020.
Effedua explained that following the production of all the simulators, the first batch of 15 lecturers from the Academy, last Friday began classes on how to operate the Full Mission Bridge Simulator in India.
He said that with the simulators, cadets will be effectively trained on Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) Electronic Charts, Blind Pilotage, Tactical Navigation, Ship Stability, Rules of the Road as well as High Voltage training.
The Rector added that the simulators which are modern equipment and the latest of their kind offer huge benefits for cadet training and to the maritime sector.
“We shall be receiving the three simulators from mid February to April this year. The first that shall arrive is the Full Mission Bridge Simulator, which 15 lecturers of the Academy are learning to operate now on India. Once we receive Ministerial approval , another set of 15 lecturers will also proceed to India for training. We made sure we added the component on training our staff who will man them (simulators) in the contract. That’s where we are now.
“We shall also receive the Full Mission Engine Rooms Simulator and the Multifunctional Classroom which can accommodate 30 cadets at a time before the end of April.
“With that, we shall be first in the sub-continent to own such equipment and this has a multiplier effect in the industry. These equipment are the latest. They are modern, not generic. Built for purpose.
“Alot has been said about High Voltage training, the simulators will handle that now. The maritime industry can leverage on this too for refresher courses. We shall be open to also discuss with schools that want to use our equipment for training.
On the school’s focus this year, Effedua stated that conscious effort is being made to broaden the school’s training portfolio, purchase more training equipment and have a Quality Assurance firm audit the Academy.
He expressed team’s commitment to vigorously pursuing its 2020 agenda so as to place the school on a pedestal that is globally acceptable and competitive.
He disclosed that he had just returned from Scotland where discussion for the acquisition of a Helicopter Underwater Training Equipment and efforts to add OPITO Certification to the Academy’s offers have been initiated.
He said these are important steps to placing the Academy on the global map and ensuring that Nigerians get the best quality in terms of maritime education.
The Academy expects to make the procurement and secure the needed approval to run the OPITO Certification programmes by December.
“We just returned from Scotland. We are beginning the process for the procurement of Helicopter Underwater Training Equipment. We are also in discussion to add OPITO Certification to our training. The third area we are looking at this year is to invite a Quality Assurance company like DNVGL and Veritas to audit the Academy towards the end of the year”, the Rector stated.
On the success gained so far by the Academy and emerging the 2019 Best Maritime Training Institution at NIMASA Merit Awards, Effedua attributed the measure of success recorded within the short span to the robust support of the Honourable Minister- Mr Rotimi Amaechi and his team at the Ministry of Transportation, the leadership of the Chairman- Governing Board of the Academy-Chief Demola Seriki, the foundation laid by the Interim Ministerial Committee (IMC) led by Chief Adebayo Sarumi and support of Dr Dakuku Peterside, Director General of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and his team especially the Operations department.
The Rector also noted the immense contributions of the staff of the Academy, the Association of Master Mariners and other Maritime stakeholders in revamping the Academy.