The collaboration began this week with a full week-long Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) course where PMTC instructors conducted the course on board the MV JEM PNG at anchor in Port Moresby.
Twenty students including 13 PMTC students and seven JEM PNG Medical Ships crew members, who completed the week-long SOLAS course received certificates at a small graduation ceremony aboard the ship yesterday.
“Different instructors delivering different parts of the course and even our own international volunteer medical volunteers helping with first aid during the course part. And it was a real collaboration to bring this course together this week. Jeremy Schierer – Captain, MV YWAM PNG
Captain Schierer said it was a real collaboration with training using some of the ship’s equipment on board while PMTC brought their life raft to signify great collaboration bringing refresher training critical for some of the students as well as original training for the students on board.
“It’s great to be able to do this training together and we hope this is just a first step, and we hope to be able to start the Engineer 5 and Mate 5 course on the ship within a week from Monday. And these students will come aboard for their course for about four months, to do the training on the ship and while they are doing their training, they will actually help with the operation of the ship,” Schierer said.
PMTC Chairman Gabriel Magyari, in the absence, said it was a great opportunity for students to combine classroom learning with practical application on a fully operational vessel at sea.
The school’s Registrar, Mrs. Hayley Kana, gave her official address prepared by the President of the Pacific Maritime Training College, Gabriel Magyari.
“PMTC in association and now in partnership with Youth With A Mission, YWAM PNG, we have decided to join forces with YWAM to meet the educational needs of the country. This development of human resources across the maritime sector will fuel the international shipping industry with seafarers who will have both a corporate vision and a mission to save our planet. said Hayley Kana.
“That’s why they prepare their trainees to have a positive attitude when performing tasks on and off the assigned tasks of navigating a vessel from its port of departure to the port of destination,” Kana said.