Arriving Manila by January, the M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca is built and for delivery Christmas this year in Shizouka, Japan, assures Capt. Koichi Akamine, chairman of the Intl Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) “as a token of our appreciation to the founder of MAAP and the Father of Filipino Seafarers, … to preserve the legacy of our dear Capt. Oca.”
Akamine was commencement speaker and principal guest of honor at the Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) graduation rites for Class 2018-Second Batch, December 7, at Kamaya Point campus, Alas-asin, Mariveles, Bataan.
Around 220 midshipmen/women were conferred BS degrees in Marine Transportation or Marine Engineering before school officers, teaching faculty and staff, including sponsoring companies, parents and guardians of the graduates.
Capt. Akamine: “This batch of young gentlemen is living proof of MAAP’s competence to develop marine officers and engineers for the global shipping community.
… as seafarers who are ready to conquer the seven seas. I look forward to seeing the members of Class of 2018 as masters and chief engineers…”
Dr. Condrado F. Oca, President of AMOSUP: acknowledged Akamine as “… very instrumental in the progress of MAAP…” now marking its 20th Foundation Anniversary.
He is proud for two decades, MAAP has been the training ground and second home of future bearers of Filipino seafaring heritage; that the ceremony “… is also a celebration of MAAP’s life and impact to the whole maritime…”
Just after the rites, the IMMAJ-PJMCC Foundation hosted lunch for about 80 IMMAJ-PJMCC sponsored cadets with their parents at the Mess Hall, Capt. Gregorio S. Oca Bldg., MAAP – East Campus, an opportunity to welcome the graduates as they start their careers.
Earlier on November 29, IMMAJ Cadets’ Family Day was held at the MAAP JSU-IMMAJ Campus, Mariveles, Bataan, replete with food and fun, outdoor games and sports activities.
IMMAJ is an organization of 94 Japanese member-companies of crewing agencies, ship managers, and shipowners supporting non-Japanese seafarers on board about 2,200 vessels in the Japanese ocean-going merchant fleet numbering 46,000, 75% of who are Filipino nationals.
Green and go.
IMMAJ and Miho Shipyard hosted the Naming and Launching Ceremonies of M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca on 08 and 09 August, 2018, respectively, in Shizuoka, Japan.
Present were Capt. Akamine, Dr. Oca with Mr. Yasumi Morita, Pres-All Japan Seamen’s Union (JSU); Capt. Teodoro B. Quijano, VP-Phil-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC), Mr. Yasunori Kohatake, VP-Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and Mr. Kengo Suzuki, Pres- Miho Shipyard.
At the Naming Ceremony, the traditional Japanese tossing of celebratory rice cakes was led by Akamine, Oca, Morita, Suzuki and Quijano. After the rice cakes, Dr. Oca officially named the ship; Ms. Maria Socorro Oca, daughter of Capt. Oca, led the ceremonial cutting of the cord which tethered the ship. A commemorative photography session for all was requested.
Dinner was hosted at Nippodaira Hotel, Shizuoka, Japan, were remarks expressed by major players; the toast raised by Mr. Shunsuke Imada, Vice Chairman of IMMAJ. Tokens from Tsuneishi Shipbuilding and Miho Shipyard were presented to Ms. Oca to commemorate being the sponsor of the new training ship.
Day after, the M/V Kapitan Gregorio Oca was launched at the Miho Shipyard where it was built with a service speed of 13.8 knots and a crew complement of 138. It will be delivered on 25 December and will arrive Manila on January, 2019.