Next month, a new maritime academy will be opened in the Philippines by the Japanese shipping company Mitsui OSK Lines (MOL), of Tokyo.
Its main feature will be the ‘Ship in Campus’, which imitates a ship’s exterior and also its layout of the practice facilities inside the building.
The number of students will be 300 a year, 150 each for the navigation school and for the engine school.
The academy is described by MOL as a “four-year merchant marine university, boarding school” and the facilities for deck and engine room students are “as realistic as possible”. The establishment of the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, about 30km south of Manila, is a joint project with the Magsaysay Maritime Corporation and has acquired official approval from the Philippine government’s Commission on Higher Education clearing the way for the academy to open in August with the official opening ceremony in September.
MOL has operated training programmes in the Philippines with the aim of developing crew members who will uphold strict safety standards in vessel operation, such as onboard training programmes with its own instructors and crew members aboard its training ship.
The line’s 3rd Year Programmes are targeted at new seafarers from among third-year students at maritime schools in the Philippines and MOL provides education and training at its group training centre in the Philippines.
The academy aims to build on the achievements and expertise accumulated through the 3rd Year Programme, which has so far seen more than 700 seafarers graduate.