donated equipment for the conduct of PFRB (left) and ERS
NMP’s two additional
training courses accredited by MARINA
April 27, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – Two (2) additional training courses of the National
Maritime Polytechnic (NMP), a government controlled and operated
maritime training and research institution with principal address
located at Brgy. Cabalawan, Tacloban City, have been duly accredited
by the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), namely: Proficiency in
Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB) and Engine Room Simulator (ERS).
It can be recalled that NMP submitted its application for
accreditation of the said courses last 20 July 2017. MARINA
conducted its initial inspection last 23-24 October 2017 and issued
a corresponding Notice of Deficiencies on 13 November 2017.
NMP submitted its compliance to the deficiencies noted by the MARINA
on 22 December 2017. In order to validate if indeed the deficiencies
noted were been duly rectified, MARINA conducted a re-inspection on
23-24 January 2018.
As per formal letter received from MARINA dated 10 April 2018, NMP
was granted full course approval of two (2) additional courses valid
for a period of three (3) years along with the accreditation of
instructors, assessors and supervisors who will be handling the said
During the said period, announced and unannounced visits will be
made by MARINA STCW Office or its duly authorized representatives to
ascertain NMP’s compliance with the MARINA’s rules and regulations.
NMP is required to submit the records of review and validation of
the aforementioned courses within six (6) months from the date of
its conduct. Moreover, the records of implementation of corrective
actions for audit results both internal and external, records of
review and validation of the courses including the assessment and
statistical record of trainees enrolled / certificated must be made
available during the conduct of monitoring.
Further, NMP is required to revise and align the course package of
the above-mentioned courses to the new standards once same have been
duly issued by MARINA.
MARINA’s approval ensures that the courses are designed and
structured in accordance with the standards of competence prescribed
under the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for
Seafarers (STCW 1978), as amended in 2010.
PFRB is open to all seafarers who have completed the Basic Training
course while the ERS is open to both operational and management
level marine engine officers.
Upon successful completion of the above courses, the
seafarer-trainees will be able to:
1. Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (PFRB) - Understand the
construction, maintenance, repair and outfitting of fast rescue
boats; take charge of the launching equipment and appliance as
commonly fitted, during launching and recovery; take charge of the
fast rescue boat as commonly fitted, during launching and recovery;
take charge of a fast rescue boat after launching; and operate a
fast rescue boat engine.
2. Engine Room Simulator (ERS) - Familiarize the use of
instrumentation and controls extensive use in the engine rooms of
modern merchant ships; understand and be aware of the correct
watchkeeping procedures; understand the way in which machinery units
are interdependent; identify operational problems and techniques in
troubleshooting; make decisions to promote the safety and efficiency
of an operational plant; improve managerial skills particularly in
voyage planning, machinery systems and time and resource management;
and recognize the importance of value-added qualities to carry out
and lead a harmonious engine room teamwork.
Meanwhile, NMP continues to upgrade its facilities and provide
maritime trainings required pursuant to the STCW Convention as
amended in 2010 including value-adding courses towards improving the
qualifications of Filipino seafarers for their employment
acceptability and enhanced competitiveness. It also regularly
conducts maritime studies to come up with policies for the
improvement of the manpower sector of the industry.
Those interested to take NMP training programs may visit the NMP
website (www.nm.gov.ph) and its facebook page (www.facebook.com/nmptrainingcenter)
where all related information on NMP trainings are available.