Tokyo-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines. – MOL President & CEO Junichiro Ikeda announced the inaugural ceremony for MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) jointly operated by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC) and held September 12th in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, the Philippines.
Some 700 attended headed by Senator Grace Poe, Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade, H.E. Koji Haneda, Japanese Ambassador-designate to the Philippines, President and CEO Doris Teresa Magsaysay-Ho of A. Magsaysay (Magsaysay), MMC’s holding company and MOL President & CEO Ikeda.
Panama Ambassador Rolando Guevarra Alvarado and Canada Ambassador John Holmes were joined by Transport U/Sec Philip Judan and MARINA Administrator Rey Leonardo Guerrero.
Ikeda underscored, “MMMA symbolizes the strong ties linking Japan and the Philippines. MOL has believed for a long time that young Filipino people have enormous potential on the global stage.”
Ms. Magsaysay-Ho assured “… we are committed to develop the maritime professional of the future, working at sea in a safe and complaint work environment and ashore in a dynamic Philippines.”
Aiming to be the top maritime academy in the Asia-Oceania region, MOL drew upon its extensive experience and knowledge gained through years of training top-quality Filipino mariners to be leaders in the global maritime industry.
The company has high hopes that this rising generation will play active roles and take leadership in organizations that demand advanced, specialized education, including safety and operational management, and business support.
(In advance of the inauguration, MMMA held an entrance ceremony with about 300 students and their families last July 23rd and classes began August 6.)
As Filipino seafarers play an essential part in its vessel operations, MOL aims to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of high-quality seafarers by establishing MMMA.
This should further improve marine technical skills, one of the items MOL calls for improving in its “Rolling Plan 2018,” as the company works toward becoming the world leader in safe operation.
The MMMA is a four-year merchant marine university and boarding school on Salitran, Dasmariñas City, Cavite province, about 30km south of Manila, Philippines.
The site is about 13.2 hectares; built-in floor area, about 30,000m2.
It had a soft-opening last August 6th, and may accept 300 students annually (150 in the navigation school, another 150 in the engine school).
Ambassador Haneda attended the inaugural rites of MMMA. He was with Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade and other important guests.
The academy has a teaching faculty of experienced instructors and state-of-the-art training facilities. It is co-founded by Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a leading shipping company in the world partnering with the local Magsaysay Group to secure work-ready seafarers as technology advances.
Haneda says Filipinos account for 75% of seafarers aboard Japanese merchant fleets. He hopes competent seafarers working globally will be fostered in the academy given both companies’ accumulated knowledge.