#nmci – This month sees the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) celebrate ten years in operation and an event to commemorate 10 years of world class maritime education and training in Ireland will be led by the Minister for Marine & Defence, Simon Coveney, TD, on Friday, October 3rd.
Located in Ringaskiddy, Co. Cork, the NMCI, a constituent college of CIT, brings together the Irish Naval Service and Merchant Marine under one roof in one of the most advanced maritime academies of its type in the world.
The NMCI was the first third level college in the country to be built under the Government's Public-Private Partnership scheme. This model has allowed the college management and teaching staff to concentrate on education while the private partner, Cofely GDF Suez, has been responsible for services to the college and the maintenance of its facilities.
In addition to supporting the maritime education and training needs of the merchant, Naval, coastguard and emergency services, recent years have seen rapid growth of the NMCI's activities both at home and abroad. The expansion of the College's academic, commercial and research services have resulted not only in an enhancement of Ireland's international reputation in the field, but has supported the employment of thousands of Irish men and women in the maritime and offshore sectors.
An example of this industry currency and capability being the awarding recently to the College, by Chevron, of the largest maritime training contract in the history of state, bringing with it not just significant revenue for the College but the creation of jobs high end jobs for Irish nationals and revenue for local support services.