The academic standard at the Matral Maritime Training Centre (MMTC), Calabar, Cross River State has received a boost with some maritime experts expressing support for its effective running in the years ahead.
To this end, the maritime experts have expressed their readiness to serve as faculty instructors at the institution. The experts include marine engineers, ship surveyors and master mariners.
This is coming on the heels of the Centre’s concluding accreditation exercise that will enable it get the certification of the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) and the Bureau Veritas (BV).
Already, the maritime training centre has received accreditation from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA). The move is aimed at internationalising its training programmes and sustaining the vision of its founder, Captain Solomon Omoteso who passed on last year.
The Chairman of MMTC, Chief Adebayo Sarumi who disclosed this in Lagos said apart from the 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 Organisation (ILO) and the International Transport Federation (ITF).
His words: “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 programme that has been suggested by the ILO and ITF for dockworkers