Assessment, Examination and Certification of Seafarers (AECS) Course – Pilot Batch
The Pilot AECS course (based on International Maritime Organization model course 3.12) was conducted at SCI-Maritime Training Institute by Directorate General of Shipping (DGS) from 18.10.2019 to 27.10.2019 (10 days). This course was conducted first time in the country and has been developed to support the implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW), 1978, as amended.
The pilot course was conducted by Capt. Ashok Mahapatra who is an eminent personality in the maritime fraternity. Capt. Mahapatra was appointed as Deputy Nautical Advisor to Government of India in 1994 before taking up the charge of Director, Marine Safety Division (IMO) in 2015.
This course covers the legal, administrative, supervisory, and operational frameworks and processes of assessing, examining and certifying seafarers within the context of the convention. SCI-MTI has been appreciated by all the participants and officials of DGS for smoothly conducting the pilot course and subsequently conducted the second batch of AECS course from 01.11.2019 to 10.11.2019.
SCI-MTI is also in process to get approval for conducting AECS course from DGS as the course will be mandatory requirement for faculties involved in internal or external assessment, examination and certification of seafarers.
Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
SCI – Maritime Training Institute celebrated the Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day) with great exuberance on 31.10.2019 to commemorate the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who unified the entire country post independence. Rashtriya Ekta Diwas was introduced by Government of India in 2014 and is a tribute to extraordinary work of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
SCI-MTI started the celebrations by administering the pledge for the “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas (National Unity Day)” at 1100 hrs at Sagar Gyan Promenade. More than 200 cadets, faculty, SCI officers, and Instructors took the pledge dedicate themselves to preserve the unity, integrity and security of the nation and spread the message among others. A March Past by uniformed cadets of MTI with placards and banners was also organized at Powai from L&T Junction to Powai Vihar and back to MTI Powai from 1600 hrs to 1700 hrs.
Our 80 cadets of Diploma in Nautical Science (DNS) course and Graduate Marine Engineering (GME) course had joined the parade. This year’s theme of National Unity Day was “Bring the Nation Together, United in Times of Strife and Rising Extremism”.
Vigilance Awareness Week
During the vigilance awareness week, a talent show was conducted at SCI-MTI on the evening of 30th October, 2019. The event was graced by the CVO (SCI), Director (P&A, SCI) as the Chief Guest and Principal (MTI) who enjoyed the mesmerizing performance of the cadets, which included solo dance, singing, group performances, and skits. Addressing the gathering of cadets, faculty, instructors and SCI officers, Director (P&A) advised to continue the inner talent or hobby within us to keep the pace even when time is not favourable.
He further advised the cadets not to bend the rules and follow them strictly for safety of all. CVO (SCI) on the occasion appreciated the wonderful performances and shared the four Cs of success in life – Competency, Commitment, Control, and Creativity. He thanked Principal MTI for making the function a success and encouraged students to follow the path of excellence and honesty.
This year, the theme of Vigilance Awareness Week was “Integrity – A way of life.”
Inauguration of PSCRB course at SCI-MTI
On the special occasion of 70th Foundation Day of DG Shipping on 03.09.2019, Hon’ble Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Shipping and Union Minister of State for Chemical and Fertilizers, Shri. Mansukh L. Mandaviya inaugurated a course titled Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats (PSCRB) at SCI-Maritime Training Institute, Powai, Mumbai. Shri Mandaviya was accompanied by Shri Amitabh Kumar, Director General of Shipping, Capt. Anoop Kumar Sharma, CMD (SCI), Capt. Narendra Kumar, Principal-MTI, and other dignitaries.
PSCRB Course is meant for anyone whose task is to be a crewmember of a rescue boat on a ship. During this course; the participant is taught how to deal with emergency situations and how to take responsibility in case the survival crafts and rescue boats need to be deployed or launched. The course is available only in few institutes in India. SCI-MTI’s hard work to commence the course has been rewarded on the 70th Foundation Day of DGS at MTI, Powai. SCI-MTI has received the course approval from Directorate General of Shipping and pilot batch was conducted at MTI from 04.11.2019 to 08.11.2019 (5 days).
Boarding officer’s Training in Shipping Management
SCI Maritime Training Institute conducted “Boarding officer’s Training in Shipping Management” between 21-24 Jan 2019 for Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd officers from various regions.
SCI- MTI achieved the distinction of the first and only Maritime Training institute in the world to conduct this course as part of Integrated Learning system in Shipping & Logistics Management.
The course was conceptualised, designed and conducted by Mr Jothi Krishnan – DGM(P&A-MTI) .The training program was inaugurated on 21/01/19 by Shri Suprabhat Paul, ED-ITES (HPCL) in the presence of Shri Kamal Pramanik , GM-Shipping (HPCL), Dr L Srinivasan, CM(HPCL), Capt, Narendra Kumar, Principal (MTI) and Capt T D Hazari , Ex. Director(SCI).The valedictory function was headed by Capt Santosh kumar Darokar, DDG(Tech), DG Shipping.
The training program received much appreciation for imparting very essential knowledge about cargo handling procedures, Safety procedures, Tanker operations, duties, responsibilities, & competency requirements of Boarding officers in Shipping & Logistics Management.