Established maritime education and training institutions in the Asia-Pacific region can assist their counterparts which are lagging behind to improve their standards, an International Maritime Organisation representative says.
Moustafa Abdul Aziz, IMO's head of training institutions support section in the IMO technical co-operation division, said: 'One of the main objectives to help them get experience from developed institutions is through harmonisation of courses and expertise of lecturers.' He said these were good resources that weaker institutions could draw on to help them prepare seafarers to comply with the IMO's revised International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) and the introduction of the International Safety Management Code.
Mr Moustafa , who was in Hong Kong for the inaugural meeting of the Association of Maritime Education & Training Institutions in Asia Pacific (AMETIAP), said the formation of the association was timely after having had five informal meetings since 1989.
The association will invite shipping lines and ship managers to become members.
Mr Moustafa said AMETIAP would assist colleges and institutions to play a bigger role in the maritime industry.
Peter Ng Tiang Hui, section head of the maritime technology and transportation department at the Singapore Polytechnic, who was elected AMETIAP chairman, said the association aimed to promote, develop and support the common interests of its member institutions in all matters concerning the development and quality of maritime education.