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A unique offshore training centre

Singapore Polytechnic and Sribima Maritime Training Centre set up safety training centre for oil and gas industry


More than 120 industry guests from the offshore petroleum and maritime industry recently witnessed the launch of a unique offshore training centre set up by Singapore Maritime Academy (SMA) of Singapore Polytechnic in collaboration with Malaysia's Sribima Maritime Training Centre (SMTC) at the Poly Marina.

SMA-SMTC Safety Training Centre (SSSTC) also announced a slew of polytechnic's courses that are accredited by the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organisation (OPITO) of the United Kingdom which personnel from the offshore petroleum and maritime industry can enrol to upgrade their safety skills. It was good news for many industry players who learnt that they can now send any number of staff for training at the centre. The courses are taught in English, Chinese or Malay at any time of the week to suit the working environment of the offshore oil and gas industry in Singapore and the region.

Foreground, Mr. Roland Tan, Director of Singapore Maritime Academy and background, Capt Rudy Rijckaert, Chairman, SMTC Global Inc launching the opening of the training centre.

Guests were also pleased to know that there are safety courses to educate offshore workers on the importance of safety when carrying out their daily work especially with the proliferation of oil and gas production sites.

The SMTC is known for its expertise in conducting competency-based safety courses for the oil and gas industry having being at it for the past 20 years all over the world, including Miri, Beijing, Damman, Khartoum and Antwerp.

Mr Roland Tan, Director of SMA, says: "The SMA-SMTC collaboration bears testimony to the Academy's constant strive to stay relevant and responsive to industry needs. It also signals our desire to meet the growing training needs of the offshore petroleum and maritime industry in Singapore as well as further strengthen Singapore's capabilities as an International Maritime Centre."

Capt Rudy Rijckaert, Chairman, SMTC Global Inc, says: "What SSSTC offers to the oil and gas industry in Singapore and the region is that our best in class OPITO approved safety courses are made available 7 days a week with no minimum class size required of individual client. This, I am sure will be appreciated by the industry which works on a 24/7 basis."

SSSTC has since taken in its first batch of students in September 2007 and to date, more than 700 participants have been trained. These participants flew in from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Japan, Italy, Russia, UK, America, and Canada to attend the courses. SSSTC currently offers eight courses that specialize in helicopter, offshore and tropical emergency training.  

A demonstration of helicopter underwater escape and emergency breathing safety training.

SMA of SP recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a maritime satellite communications centre in partnership with SingTel. SMA has also won accolades from Lloyd's List for six consecutive years and offers three full-time diploma courses in Marine Engineering, Nautical Studies and Marine Transportation Management.


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