Thirty-one delegates from 24 institutions and organisations held a three-day meeting, ending today, to establish the Association of Maritime Education and Training Institutions in Asia Pacific (AMETIAP). Delegates have held five previous regional meetings informally since 1989. The association's interim secretary, Rod Short, who is also executive officer of Australia Maritime Training Inc, said the delegates had resolved to set up AMETIAP at their last meeting held in New Zealand. 'The association would give the institutions a common voice to talk to ship owners,' he said. The association, among others, would also try to bring different training curricula to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW), although some might have even higher standards. 'The association will go beyond seafarers' training and into maritime education as we see it becoming more significant in the future,' Mr Short said. Colin Brown, Hong Kong Polytechnic University's assistant professor in the department of maritime studies, said AMETIAP had the support of the International Maritime Organisation as all its meetings had been attended by a senior management person from IMO. He said the subject of training was not confined to training seafarers but extended to training for hydrographic surveying. Delegates were from Australia, China, Russia, Hong Kong, Japan, Britain, the Philippines, Singapore, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.