WOOD CHIP CARRIER TRAINING INAUGURATED
By Eva Tan
Five giants joined resources, inaugurating last July 11th the Wood Chip Carrier Maintenance and Handling Training at the MOL Training Center-Phil, Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS) complex at Dasmarinas City, Cavite.
The teaming was between The Mitsui O.S.K. Lines (MOL), All Japan Seamen’s Union (JSU), Associated Marine Officers’ and Seamen’s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP), Intl Mariners Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ) and Phil-Japan Manning Consultative Council (PJMCC).
The training facility is world-class, designed to train officers and crew on safe operations onboard Wood Chip Carrier (WCC) vessels.
It is a partnership between the maritime stakeholders of the Philippines and Japan for the development and advancement of Filipino seafarer boarding Japanese-owned and controlled vessels.
MOL Managing Executive Officer Masanori Kato, JSU President Yasumi Morita, AMOSUP President Conrado F. Oca, IMMAJ Chairman Koichi Akamine, and PJMCC VP Teodoro B. Quijano led the ribbon cutting and the unveiling of the commemorative plaque.
After the invocation and blessing, the symbolic throwing of coins was led by the distinguished guests. A demonstration using the actual equipment was held by the MOL crew right after.
Kato believes that with the new facility, “Filipino seafarers will become better in the seafaring industry.”
Oca says, “AMOSUP is very thankful of our social partners for establishing this training facility which will be extremely helpful in the proper safety training of our members.”