Maritime training firm unveils simulator

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Sunday, November 27, 2011


WITH some 70 percent of seafarers hailing from the Visayas and Mindanao, a maritime training company based in Manila has decided to open its simulator center in Cebu.

New Simulator Center of the Philippines Inc. (Newsim) opened its training center Saturday at the New Escario Bldg.

Newsim chief executive officer Reynold Sabay told reporters that it made sense for them to offer their training courses in Cebu because it is easier for seafarers in
neighboring provinces in the Visayas and in Mindanao to travel to Cebu.

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The training center is for practicing seafarers who have completed their education but are in need of additional training. He said that boat captains and chief engineers who have been sailing for years also need to update their knowledge on newer and more sophisticated equipment that ships were not using years ago.

Sabay said that in renewing licenses, international companies require certificates of competency to ensure they are up to the task.

The training center comes equipped with the latest technology to simulate a real experience in navigating a ship, with facilities that were not available 20 years ago.

Unlike before, where seafarers had to learn the “hard way,” Sabay said their trainees can experience what it is like to maneuver a ship before boarding a real one.

Sabay said some 360,000 seafarers were deployed to international shipping vessels this year, with some 200,000 awaiting deployment.

With some 80,000 maritime students and an expected 20,000 to 40,000 graduates, Sabay said the country is continuously increasing its deployment of Filipino seafarers.

Some 25 percent of Filipino seafarers are deployed to shipping companies in Europe while 75 percent are spread out to the rest of the world, including Japan, which Sabay said holds a huge chunk of the deployment. However, he said Koreans are now starting to hire Filpinos.

“Aside from being proficient in English, Filipinos are very hardworking and they have chemistry with multinationals,” he explained.

He believes that their commitment to never compromise on quality is what sets them apart from other maritime training and assessment centers.

“When we train, we want to develop confidence. We don’t exist just for requirements.

We make sure that they get more than a piece of paper when they finish their courses,” Sabay said.

Their Manila training center handles some 100 trainees a week for courses that last five to 10 days.

For their Cebu training center, Sabay said they are expecting 48 new trainees for a 45-day course.

About six trainers who have also experienced life at sea will be handling the courses in Cebu.

Having sailed the seas for 12 years, Sabay said he felt he could be “more productive inland”, which led him to start a training and assessment center.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on November 28, 2011.

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