July 2, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The National Maritime Polytechnic (NMP) in convergence with the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA) conducted a Pilot Class on IMO Model Course 6.10 (Train the Simulator Trainer and Assessor) on 18-22 June 2018 at the NMP Training Complex, Tacloban City.
As a preparatory move to influence the desired output based on the required MARINA standards, a series of workshops and conferences were undertaken by the MARINA technical experts together with the different Maritime Training Institutions (MTIs). As an offshoot of the said activity, NMP was assigned as the course in-charge for the IMO Model Course 6.10, tasked to review and validate its course package.
After all the preparatory works and final run through of the documents, the pilot testing was scheduled to: (a) validate the newly revised course which include the course plan and its supporting materials and determine the areas for improvement / refinement; (b) assess the effectiveness and relevance of the newly revised course vis-à-vis the standard format designed by MARINA; and (c) determine the acceptability and marketability of the newly revised course.
The revised course covers a training duration of forty (40) hours, enforcing a deviation from the existing course timetable of thirty-two (32) hours. The duration includes the validation and assessment of the instructors and the course itself.
IMO Model Course 6.10 deals with the relevance of maritime training program associated with the use of simulator. It also involves simulation exercises involving role playing on the effective engine and bridge room procedures, task solving and the conventional teaching and training methods like the compliance with the applicable regulations set out in the relevant provisions of the Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) Convention as amended in 2010.
The course is open to all maritime instructors, faculty members of maritime higher education institutions and merchant marine officers holding IMO Model Course 6.09 and 3.12 certificates.
The pilot class was attended by fourteen (14) participants. Validators include Ms. Presca Lee B. Lugo and Engr. Ronnie D. Gernato of MARINA and Capt. Rodolfo A. Aspillaga of the Master and Mates Association of the Philippines (MMAP).
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