Thursday, 10 March 2016
Graduation Ceremony Held for 5th Class in "3rd Year Program" for Filipino Seafarers
Anticipating key roles in supporting MOL's safe operation –
TOKYO-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President &
CEO: Junichiro Ikeda) today announced the graduation of 85 students in the
fifth class of the "3rd Year Program," which MOL introduced with the
goal of developing crewmembers who will uphold strict safety standards in
The 3rd Year Program targets new seafarers from among
third-year students at partner maritime schools in the Philippines. MOL
provides education and training at the Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS)
(*1), its training center in the Philippines.
On hand for the graduation ceremony were of Executive
Director IV of Commission on Higher Education Atty. Julito D. Vitriolo, Ceso
IV, First Vice President of Development Bank of the Philippines Mr. Paul D.
Lazaro, MOL Chairman Koichi Muto, MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer Masaaki
Nemoto, and others.
In his address to the graduates, MOL Chairman Muto said:
"Ocean shipping has an important mission - supporting the prosperity of
people all over the world with the safe, reliable transport of commodities and
products that are indispensable for their daily lives. We welcome you, who are
ready to meet the challenges that world will bring. Even as you face rough seas
in the future, make full use of the knowledge and skills you have gained here
at MIS to maintain a steady course."
MOL Senior Managing Executive Officer Nemoto also
addressed the graduates, saying "No matter how detailed your manuals are,
or how much advanced technology you have, your vessel is sure to face
unexpected threats and even natural disasters. It is your job, in those
moments, you draw upon your five human senses, your accumulated experience, and
further, the ‘seamanship’ you have mastered here at MIS to overcome any
difficulty that comes your way.
program received accreditation as the equivalent to university-level education
under the Academe-Industry Linkage Program (AILP) (*2) promoted by the
Philippine government. Selected students will study at the MOL training
institute and aboard MOL-operated vessels for the second half of a four-year
university curriculum. Graduates of the program will be recruited as MOL
crewmembers after training aboard one of 15 training vessels, which were
specially equipped with additional cabins for cadets, and MOL-operated vessels.
AILP will be extended to MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) (*3) , which is
scheduled to open in June 2018, in order to cultivate top-quality seafarers
continuously, based on experience and achievements through AILP.
Institute of Shipping (MIS)
MIS was jointly established by MOL and Magsaysay Maritime Corporation in 1993.
The institute provides various types of practical and theoretical training to
prepare students for careers at sea. Since 2007, MIS has contributed to the
development and enhancement of maritime education programs, improving students'
skills through supplementary lessons, technical support to instructors, and
upgrading of maritime curriculum, in collaboration with designated maritime
schools in the Philippines.
Linkage Program (AILP)
A program to help schools upgrade the education of students and enhance
employment opportunities for top-quality students, based on cooperation between
academia and industry.
Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA)
Press release on March 9, 2016 "MOL Breaks Ground on New Maritime Academy in