Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) announced that the establishment of MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy Inc. in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, the Philippines — a joint project with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC)— has acquired official approval from the Philippine government’s Commission on Higher Education (CHED), clearing the way for the academy to open in August.
MOL has offered training programs in the Philippines with the goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation, such as onboard training program with its own instructors and crewmembers aboard its training ship, and the “3rd Year Program” targeted new seafarers from among third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines, which MOL provided education and training at its group training center in the Philippines.
MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy aims to build upon the achievements and expertise accumulated through 3rd Year Program, which has graduated over 700 seafarers and provides an ever-higher level of training quality.
Construction of the academy facilities is already completed. The academy’s main feature, a training facility called the “Ship in Campus” is aimed at providing students with training that makes them work-ready as soon as they complete their studies. The facility imitates not only ship’s exterior, but also its layout of the practice facilities inside the building, as realistic as possible. An inauguration ceremony for the academy is planned in September, with guests from Philippine government agencies.
Filipino seafarers play an essential part in MOL’s worldwide vessel operations, and MOL aims to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of high-quality seafarers by establishing this maritime academy in the Philippines to further improve marine technical skills, which is one of the items MOL calls for improvement in its “Rolling Plan 2018” as the company works toward its goal of becoming “the world leader in safe operation.”