NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2013

Sep 23, 2013
On  September  23,  the  NYK-TDG  Maritime Academy (NTMA) held a graduation
ceremony  at its campus in Canlubang, Calamba City, which is in the suburbs
of Manila. Enrolled in 2009, the graduating class of 106 students completed
three  years  of  basic  classes  and  training  courses  using operational
simulators  and  an  engine  plant,  and  one year of training on board NYK
training vessels.
 
The graduation ceremony was attended by NYK chairman Koji Miyahara and TDG*
chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included
Gil  A.  Buenaventura, the president and CEO of the Development Bank of the
Philippines.
 
In  his  commencement  address,  Mr.  Miyahara  encouraged  the students by
saying:  “In several months, you will be assigned to NYK-operated ships and
play  an  important  role  in  the realization of our medium-term strategy,
"More  Than  Shipping  2013,"  by  being  an employee who adds value to our
company.  In the maritime industry that you will join, safe, highly trained
seafarers  who  have  technical expertise are needed for a global expanding
economy that experiences rapid changes. The responsibility to ensure smooth
and  safe  vessel  operations  and  to protect the environment lies on your
shoulders.  We  are  placing  a  great  deal of trust in you to protect the
reputation that NYK has built and maintained for decades.”
 
After  the  ceremony,  the  guests  toured the new NTMA school building and
training facilities that opened June.
 
The  program  offered  at NTMA produces high-quality seafarers by providing
them  with  a basic level of scholarship in addition to valuable experience
on board.
 
At  the  nationwide  Maritime  School Assessment Program (MSAP) examination
held  for  students  attending  merchant  vessel  seamanship schools in the
Philippines,  most  of  the  NTMA  graduates  were  at  the top in academic
performance.  The students are now taking the ship officer examination, and
all the examinees so far have acquired seafarer certificates of competency.
After  obtaining  the  certificate,  each seafarer will begin a career as a
third  officer  or  third  engineer  on  NYK ships and will aim to become a
captain  or  chief  engineer after completing the NYK Group human resources
development program.
 
NYK  will  continue its effort to offer practical courses that best prepare
seafarers  for future challenges by improving both the quality and quantity
of Filipino seafarers in core positions throughout the NYK Group.
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