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#WaterSafety - The National Maritime College of Ireland, as a member of the International Association of Safety and Survival Training (IASST), be hosting the 67th International IASST Meeting & Conference on 19-20 October 2015 at the NMCI campus in Ringaskiddy.

Registration for the conference, which is also open to non-IASST members, is now live over on the IASST website. Full details on the conference agenda are available HERE.

Follow the NMCI on Twitter, LinkedIn and the official blog to keep up-to-date about the conference.

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#NMCI - The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Cork Harbour has been recognised for its excellence at the 2015 Irish Logistics and Transport Awards for the second year in succession.

Taking the award for its Bachelor of Business degree in Supply Chain and Transport Management, the NMCI was also nominated for the overall Excellence in Logistics Award.

Jane O'Keeffe, director of supply chain at the NMCI, collected the award at an annual gala event in Dublin attended by over 400 delegates from the logistics and transport sector.

The NMCI, a constituent college of Cork Institute of Technology which last year celebrated its first decade in operation, focuses on both maritime and non-maritime industry sectors – with partnerships such as the Canary Islands' first Offshore Survival Training Centre – and offers customised education and training programmes to meet individual requirements.

The Bachelor of Business in Supply Chain and Transport Management degree programme is designed to support industry requirements for those with experience in logistics and supply chain management and those who wish to further their career prospects.

This unique programme, now in its eight year, builds upon the student's experiential knowledge and provides grounding in a wide and diverse range of disciplines.

To date, graduates have experienced excellent employment and career progression opportunities in both indigenous and multi-national organisations.

The NMCI says the programme has been so successful within the logistics and supply chain industry nationally that it is proposed to incorporate modules in logistics and supply chain into the Bachelor Degrees in Nautical Science, Marine Engineering and Marine Electro-technology.

The Government Future Skills Needs publication in February of this year highlighted the freight transport, distribution and logistics (FTDL) sector in Ireland as a significant growth area for the period 2015-2020. Programmes such as those on offer at the NMCI are seen to address the opportunities highlighted at middle management level within the sector.

The NMCI says it is ideally positioned to support logistics and supply chain education and job creation as in excess of 90% of global trade by volume is transported by sea.

This is an indication of the importance of logistics to the maritime industry, and of even greater importance to Ireland, where 98% of trade by volume comes through its seaports.

The NMCI facility in Cork Harbour, which the college says embraces advanced technologies including simulation in its programmes, is ready to meet the growing demand in best in class logistics and supply chain education and training.

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#nmci – The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), in Cork harbour, is the lead partner in the delivery of the Canary Island's first Offshore Survival Training Centre. A ceremony to mark the partnership will be held in Las Palmas on Friday next, March 27th, hosted by Conor Mowlds, Head of the NMCI, in the presence of the Spanish Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manual Soria, and Ireland's Honorary Consul in Gran Canaria, Victor Aúz Castro.

The NMCI and SEFtec, one of the world's leading suppliers of offshore simulation equipment and training support consultancy, are the lead consultants and manufacturers for the design, manufacture, development and operation of the Grupo Stier Training Centre in Las Palmas. Expertise from the NMCI and SEFtec have combined to support the development and operation of this centre and are now recognised as world leaders in the sector.

Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Marine, Agriculture and Defence said, "This is a fantastic example of how Ireland's public and private maritime sectors can work together to deliver manufacturing and consultancy services overseas, creating jobs and revenue for the country and promoting Irish niche-sector expertise on a global platform."

Grupo Stier, who will operate the Offshore Survival Training Centre, have had a presence in the Canary Islands since 1994. Its training arm, Centro de Estudios Marítimos del Atlántico (CEMA) offers practical and innovative training for the next generation of maritime professionals based on the island. For over 20 years CEMA has developed and delivered various programmes, and activities, with an emphasis on maritime studies. The company has trained more than 2,500 alumni from all over the world.

"This project is one of the most exciting we have been involved in, the professionalism and focus of the Group Stier Team is truly impressive and the location of the Training Centre is unequalled. We have committed the full resources and expertise of the NMCI in support of this fantastic initiative and we are proud to be associated with both Group Stier and the Canary Islands" says Conor Mowlds, Head of the NMCI (& MD SEFtec NMCI Offshore Ltd.)

"The NMCI is to the fore in maritime research in Ireland, making it a global leader," said Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State for Development, Trade Promotion and North-South Co-operation at the Department of Foreign Affairs.

"Our goal is to further develop a thriving maritime economy, enabling economic growth and creating jobs in our ocean economy. The work of the NMCI complements that goal. Projects like this in the Canary Islands strengthen international bonds and relationships that will lead to even further advancement in the years to come."

The Centre will be located in the Puerto de Taliarte, on land leased to it through a co-operation agreement with the Cabildo de Gran Canaria: it will be completed by April and fully operational by September 2015 providing approved offshore survival training in support of the Canaries growing offshore industry.

Ida Stier, CEO Grupo Stier said: "After 20 years providing training services in the shipping market, Grupo Stier is very excited to develop this project with the support of NMCI, SEFtec and the Cabildo/City Hall de Gran Canaria, as this will give the opportunity to train local people for the offshore business and will contribute to the Islands in the development of the offshore industry."

"It is always exciting to work with ground breaking companies who are willing to introduce new products and services" said Darren O'Sullivan, Director SEFtec, "It is my strong belief that the Canaries and the Oil gas sector will benefit greatly from Grupo Stiers investment and vision"

Published in Cork Harbour

#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.

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#nmci – Conor Mowlds has been appointed Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland. Conor has been Head of the NMCI's commercial operations for the last five years. He previously held posts in the UK & Ireland in technical ship management and business development, in both the public & private sectors.
Originally from Dublin, Conor is a graduate in Maritime Business & Law from Southampton and is a Chartered member of Institute of Logistics & Transport.

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#arctic – Cork Institute of Technology, through its Nimbus Centre and the Halpin Centre for Research & Innovation at the National Maritime College of Ireland, is to become a global leader in training small-craft mariners who work in extremely challenging Arctic conditions.

As the Arctic region continues to open up to shipping, cruise, fishing exploration and leisure boat activities, there is now an urgent need for safety and emergency response training for mariners. While regulated training is widely available for large vessel crews, this is not the situation for small craft mariners who find it generally difficult to access Arctic-specific training.

The Small Craft Emergency Response and Survival Training for Arctic Conditions or SMACS Project aims to fill this gap by developing a safety and emergency response training programme specifically focused on the needs of small craft mariners. Uptake of this training programme will make the Arctic a safer location for small craft maritime activity.

CIT is leading the SMACs project along with Chalmers University in Sweden and MSSTC in Iceland. The other partners are frontline Arctic Search and Rescue agencies, SSRS the Swedish maritime search and rescue organisation and NSSR, the Norwegian SAR agency. SMACS also has associated partners in Greenland, Norway, Faeroes and Ireland.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between the NMCI Acting Head of College, Michael Delaney, Associate Head of NMCI, Cdr Dave Barry and Randy Billard, CTO of Virtual Marine Technology, and it represents yet another progression in simulation research and development ensuring that both NMCI and VMT remain at the leading edge.

Mr Delaney said "We are delighted to be working with VMT in the development of new and innovative simulation technologies the use of which continues to place the NMCI at the cutting edge as regards the use of simulation as an education and training tool.

Virtual Marine Technology based in St John's, Newfoundland and Labrador develops small craft simulators for the offshore and defence industries and specialise in harsh environmental conditions simulation. VMT's simulators are internationally certified for small craft training and incorporate advanced ice models that have been rigorously tested by ice experts from the St John's Ocean Technology Cluster.

"We are privileged to have been selected to bring our expertise in ice simulation to such a prestigious maritime development team" said Randy Billard, CTO for VMT. "We believe that Northern Europe, with its similar operational environment, can benefit from the advanced training technologies we have developed in Newfoundland and Labrador."

Simulation will be used as a training tool. Through the Halpin Centre at NMCI and the NIMBUS Centre. The SMACs project will work with VMT to validate the fidelity and performance of a lifeboat and ice environments simulator prototype being developed by VMT. The Halpin Centre at NMCI will also jointly develop with VMT a simulation based training curriculum for operators in emergency evacuation and rescue scenarios. Both the Halpin Centre at NMCI and VMT will jointly publish the results of research undertaken using this simulation technology.

The programme is funded under the EU Northern Periphery Programme ( ) and supported by the European Regional Development Fund

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#NMCI – The President of Cork Institute of Technology, Dr Brendan Murphy, speaking at Conferrings at The National Maritime College of Ireland at Ringaskiddy in Cork Harbour today, Thursday, June 20th, said that nine years on since opening, the NMCI could be seen to have come of age.

Degrees awarded included BSc in Nautical Science, Bachelor of Engineering in Marine & Plant Engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Leadership Management & Naval Studies. Over 50 students received their parchments.

Dr Murphy said the shared vision of maritime education, training and professional development by CIT, the Irish Naval Service and the Department of Education and Defence ensures that the education available at the NMCI is world class. "This National Centre represents a state investment of the order of €50 million in Maritime Education and Training. During the last two years R&D activity has attracted funding for over ten projects – this activity now involves ten full-time personnel: the growth in R&D has led to the establishment of the Halpin Centre for Research & Innovation. NMCI Services offers specialist maritime training and consultancy both at home and abroad and the new, dedicated, Bridge Simulation Team will ensure that we capitalise on the extensive simulation facilities available here.

The continued development of the proposed Maritime and Energy Resource Cluster (IMERC) involving a partnership between CIT, the Naval Service and UCC provides a focus within Ireland for applied research and enterprise development in the maritime and energy sector."

Dr Murphy continued "It is now clear that the future of CIT, its students and staff is the creation, in partnership with IT Tralee, of the multi-campus Munster Technological University. CIT and IT Tralee have a shared vision for the creation of the MTU which will result in a new university which will build on the strengths of the existing partners and will deliver significant added value via an expanded and enhanced role in regional development."

Dr Murphy offered his congratulations to the Graduates on their achievements and wished them well in to the future.

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#NMCI - The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is to expand into Asia and the Middle East, as The Irish Times reports.

The Cork Harbour-based college, which provides training and education for the Merchant Marine and non-military needs of the Naval Service, is set to provide training and consultancy services in the Gulf region, Vietnam and Malaysia via its commercial wing NMCI Services.

That was the message from Dr Brendan Murphy, president of the Cork Institute of Technology (CIT) of which the NMCI is a constituent college.

Speaking at a conferring ceremony for new graduates, he added that 10 full-time research posts created at the NMCI in the past year represented a "growth in R&D" that "has warranted the establishment and branding of NMCI's own research centre, something which will take place in the very near future."

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#CORK HARBOUR – The Cork Harbour Open Weekend (15 & 16th September) as previously reported on, will be a fun-filled action packed programme for all with activities on and off the water.

The weekend is a great opportunity for people to see exactly what Cork Harbour has to offer, with the second largest natural harbour in the world playing host to the annual Cobh to Blackrock sailing race, kayaking on the River Lee, crab fishing in Cobh and a free open day at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) in Ringaskiddy.

In Cork city, the Irish Naval Service CPV L.E.Ciara (P41) will be open to the public for free tours on the Saturday and Sunday.

To celebrate Cork Harbour Open Weekend, Spike Island is offering a family day out on the Island with live music, children's entertainers and an opportunity to walk on the recently completed Walking Trail around the perimeter of Fort Mitchell with stunning views of Cork Harbour.

For the latest news and of the other programme activities and events lined-up for the weekend, click HERE.

A downloadable programme including a map of the free ferry shuttle running (both days 12noon-3pm) throughout the harbour will help in planning a visit. For further details of the ferry, click HERE.

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#IRISH CADETSHIPS – Ardmore Shipping Ltd which operates a fleet of tankers on a global basis is taking part in the Irish Cadet Training Programme run by the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI), writes Jehan Ashmore.

The Irish registered company only set-up its international fiscal operations in 2010 at the group's head-office based in Cork. The company has provided a number of berths on its vessels for cadets in order to give them the hands-on experience that is such a vital part of their training.

One of the cadets studying at NMCI is Ian Fitzpatrick from Dublin who said: "I am very grateful for the opportunity given to me to work with a company like Ardmore Shipping on an Irish owned vessel".

Ireland has a long tradition of seafaring and with new companies like Ardmore Shipping they will give the opportunities to Irish cadets to learn and progress in their careers says the NMCI.

Ardmore is expanding its fleet with an order for four 50,000 dwt product and chemical tankers from the SPP Shipbuilding Co., Ltd, South Korea. The newbuilds are due to be completed next year and to be registered in the Marshall Islands.

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