Award-winning maritime school opens Oro branch

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

THE best maritime training center of the year for 2012 by the Business Achievement and Recognition Awards opens a branch in Cagayan de Oro over the weekend.

The preferred maritime training and assessment center in the Philippines, New Simulator Center of the Philippines Inc. (NewSim), is now ready to serve seafarers not only in Northern Mindanao but its regions.

The man behind the realization of the multi-million-peso simulators in Cebu, Davao and Bacolod, Captain Reynolds Sabay, NewSim Chief Executive Officer, personally led other maritime industry leaders during the opening of simulator center in Cagayan de Oro at the top floor of Imperial Plaza Building on Velez Street.

CAGAYAN DE ORO. New Simulator Center of the Philippines (NewSim) Chief Executive Officer Reynold Sabay (second from left) leads the ribbon cutting during the launching of the NewSim’s Cagayan de Oro branch Saturday at the top floor of Imperial Plaza Building on Velez Street. (Joey P. Nacalaban)


“This is not just the beginning (of NewSim in Cagayan de Oro), this is the beginning of the challenges (that we would face)...and we are not closing our doors for new challenges,” he said in his speech.

Sabay said the simulator center would ease the “tremendous expenses” for seafarers on their training and assessment in Manila.

“They (seafarers residing in Northern Mindanao where Cagayan de Oro belongs) spend so much…they have no more quality time for their families,” he said.

Sabay challenged the leadership of the newly opened simulator center to become the best among the rest. “Hopefully, before the end of the year, Cagayan de Oro branch would invite us to celebrate the award.”

He said NewSim tends to become the number one supplier of quality and topnotch seafarers in the world.

Globally, there are around 1.2 seafarers worldwide. The Philippines has around 35 percent share of the total market in the maritime industry, he said.

“Hopefully, in the next five years, the Philippines would increase its share to 50 percent. This is a nice target,” he added.

Captain Nathan Luga, simulator center Cagayan de Oro branch head, proudly accepted the challenge.

Maritime Industry Authority Regional Director for Northern Mindanao and Caraga Engr. Emmanuel D. Carpio, who also graced the occasion, lauded NewSim’s establishment of a simulator center in Northern Mindanao.

Newsim Cagayan de Oro is now ready to offer courses on Management Level Course Deck, Functions 1 to 3, MTC Accredited; Ship Simulator and Bridge Teamwork with Bridge Resource Management (SSBT w/ BRM), MTC Accredited; Engine Room Simulator Course with Engine Room Resource Management, MTC Accredited; Electronic Chart Display and Information System with Automatic Identification System, MTC Accredited; Ship Handling and Maneuvering (5 days); Simulator Training Collision Avoidance (3 days); Bridge Resource Management (3 days); Bridge Team Management (3 days); Engine Room Resource Management (3 days); Shipboard Management and Leadership (5 days); Ship Security Awareness (1 day); Risk Assessment and Management; among others except for Basic Safety Training.

Ship simulator is a room with complete facilities that can be found at a real ship.

“If you would want to dock in a harbor in Europe, just a click, you can maneuver the ship on any given situation. You are actually in a room where a simulator is located, but you can be at any country you would want to select. The simulator shows you the actual setting of harbors in any country of the world,” Luga explained.

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on June 18, 2012.


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