The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is to establish the world’s largest training network for seamen, along with offshore oil and gas rig workers.
NMCI, which is based in Ringaskiddy, Co Cork, will make the announcement tomorrow at an international maritime conference in Manila, capital of the Philippines.
New international safety regulations are to come into force in 2017 making it mandatory for the world’s 2m-plus maritime workers to undertake survival and refresher courses.
NMCI has stolen a march on the competition by forming a special company, GAC Training and Service Solutions, which will oversee training courses in 18 centres around the world, including its Ringaskiddy base. It has formed a partnership with ATPI Griffinstone, the biggest company in the world specialising in transporting ship and offshore rig workers to their places of employment.
Together they plan to train 45,000 people in the next three years at centres similar to NMCI in the US, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Holland, Norway, the Philippines, and Britain.
The venture will be announced at CrewConnect Global 2015: Asia-Pacific Manning and Training Conference and Exhibition in Manila.
The Philippines was chosen for the launch as a huge percentage of its population work in the maritime industry.
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