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NMCI Awarded Ireland's Largest-Ever Maritime Training Contract

Officer training courses to be delivered to 450 Chevron Shipping officers at the National Maritime College of Ireland

GAC Training & Service Solutions (GTSS), a joint venture between the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) and global shipping, logistics and marine services provider GAC, has been awarded a four-year training contract with Chevron Shipping Company (CSC). It is the single largest maritime training contract in the history of the Irish state.

Under this training agreement, GTSS will deliver skills training for CSC’s entire junior officer corps and engine room workshop skills for its junior engineers. More than 450 CSC officers, from around the world, will pass through the training programme at the NMCI facility in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork. NMCI is a constituent college of Cork Institute of Technology.

The agreement between GTSS and CSC will be confirmed at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston at a signing ceremony attended by Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Terry Luke, Manager, Marine Employee Learning & Development, CSC and Conor Mowlds, Head of NMCI and Managing Director of GTSS, on Tuesday next, 6th May 2014.

“We are delighted to have agreed this long-term training contract with Chevron Shipping” said Conor Mowlds, Head, NMCI, “this agreement is testament to the high regard in which the NMCI and GTSS services are held by one of the world’s foremost shipping companies and oil majors. It also helps broaden our engagement with CSC, which, up to now, has been focused on the provision of cadets. It also cements the NMCI’s reputation as a world-class institution. Our attention is now firmly focused on delivering a tailor-made training course that meets CSC’s bespoke needs and a first-class training experience for every one of the 450 officers that will be coming to Cork during the next four years.”

Chevron Shipping will also be making a significant equipment investment at the NMCI, including a f’o’csle head arrangement, winch, drum, and crane. The development of the foc's'cle head arrangement is supported by SEFtec, a Cork-based SME that is a world-leader in the production of robust, reliable and cost-effective safety training simulators and facilities for the world's leading training centres. The NMCI and SEFtec also have a joint venture called SEFtec NMCI Offshore that delivers training services for the oil and gas industry.

CSC transports crude oil, refined products, liquefied petroleum gas and liquefied natural gas for customers worldwide and has a long-standing global relationship with both the NMCI for cadets and GAC for shipping services.

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Source: MCG Bureau 

Published: 7th May 2014