NLNG’S maritime centre buoys shipping expertise in Nigeria
The Nigerian LNG Limited (NLNG), has expressed its determination to buoy maritime expertise in the country through its ultra-modern Maritime Centre of Excellence (MCOE) in Bonny, Rivers State.
The Head, MCOE, Adebisi Olowu, during a media tour said the facility is aimed at deepening expertise in the Nigerian maritime industry; facilitate growth, expansion and efficiency on NLNG and its NLNG Ship Management Limited (NSML’s) new business as well other players in the industry.
According to him, the MCOE is equipped with bridge and engine simulators, to carry out accredited and certified maritime training and simulation/research, adding that the Centre is already simulated to cover four major Nigerian waterways, including Bonny-Port Harcourt, Calabar, Warri, and Lagos waterways.
Olowu said the facility would save the nation the huge capital flight currently being expended on training overseas, adding: “Nigeria has not tapped into 10 per cent of the maritime transport potential because we lack the expertise, and MCOE is ready to bring new solution to maritime problems.”
According to Olowu, the courses offered to include: manned model ship handling; crew resource management; liquid cargo operations; marine engineering high voltage training; emergency response; marine navigation; human elements leadership management; simulator ship handling training; and bespoke trainings & competency assessment, and a host of others.
Olowu said the Centre has obtained accredited certifications, and is currently in the process of obtaining approval as a Maritime Training Institute (MTI) from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA).It has also acquired ISO9001:2015 and accredited by DNV-GL.