Looking back on 2014, Abu Dhabi Ports’ Maritime Training Centre confirmed its position as a leading training provider in the region celebrating numerous success stories throughout the past year.
The number of trainees increased by 15% in 2014 compared to 2013, reaffirming the centre’s world-class training programmes.
In order to answer the growing demand from candidates across the region, five new courses have been added to the programme which covers the Channel Familiarisation course, the Vessel Traffic Services (VTS) course, the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) course, the High Speed Craft Operators course, as well as the course on Human Element, Leadership and Management (HELM), on both the management and operational level.
In May 2014, the training centre successfully passed the Lloyd’s Register audit and is now accredited in their register as an officially approved training provider. This is a first such achievement by any maritime training institute in the region.
The centre has also been officially recognised by the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) for its VTS courses. As a result, the centre is now included in the IALA list of recognised VTS training providers in the region.
Another world-class accolade of last year has been the 2014 Lloyd’s List Middle East and Indian Subcontinent “Training Award” which was presented to Abu Dhabi Ports in recognition of the training centre’s outstanding commitment to staff and student training, as well as its contribution towards improving training standards for the maritime industry.
“The recognition of our Maritime Training Centre and the positive response to its comprehensive course offerings confirms our conviction to place training at the core of Abu Dhabi Ports. We will continue to expand our training programmes and collaborate with distinguished training partners to develop highly qualified maritime professionals,” says Sultan Al Jaberi, VP – Regulations, Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) and Security, Abu Dhabi Ports.
In October last year, Abu Dhabi Ports officially signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Higher Colleges of Technology (HCT) Abu Dhabi, which will see the parties working together to develop a partnership for academic collaboration and training.
Abu Dhabi Ports will assist with the training of HCT naval and marine students in navigational training courses, covering fields such as simulated ship handling, radar navigation and qualifications with regards to the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).