Thailand’s emergence as a maritime training centre
(Posted on 09/05/18)
Since mid 2015 when MCA first approved a Thailan-based seafarer training facility, the growth of that destination as a popular focus for both advanced seafarers and also entry level crew to complete STCW 2010 and the new updating STCW courses, has been nothing short of astonishing.
Anthony Gould, CEO and major investor in Galileo Maritime Academy, said at the recent launch of their Survival Craft and Fast Rescue Boats training facility in Phuket;
“Over the last three years international professional seafarers coming to Phuket, Thailand for advanced refresher and other MCA courses in approved marine engineering, efficient deckhand, medical care, disaster prevention and management, vessel stability, security and rescue training, has increased by more than 100% each year”.
Mr Gould, himself a lifelong seafarer and CEO of shipping and cargo operators, added: “My team at Galileo expected growth as our new IMO, MNTB and ISPS facilities came on line, but what has surprised us is the distance that so many of our students and captains are travelling to attend MCA courses here in Phuket. Over the last twelve months we have welcomed professional seafarers from USA, Canada, Australia, South Africa, Sweden, Norway, France and the UK, in addition to our local student groups from Thailand, Malaysia, India, Hong Kong and Indonesia.”Now with more than 20 MCA approved courses being delivered each month, Galileo Maritime Academy is expecting similar growth in international students from the cruise ship and offshore oil & gas industries, partly due to the growth in cruise ship operations based in Asia and voyaging to new Asian cruise destinations such as Phuket and Phang Nga Bay, the Andaman Islands, the Mergui archipelago, Bali and Lombok, the Philippines and Papua New Guinea and the Soloman Islands, and also because of the starting recovery of the oil and gas offshore operations.
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