From February 20 to 24, IMO opened the National Training Course for Simulator Instructors at Shanghai Maritime University (SMU) , in collaboration with the Maritime Safety Administration of the People's Republic of China. Over 40 trainees from maritime universities and maritime administrations across the country attended this training course. Mr. Ashok Mahapatra, Deputy Director of Maritime Safety Division of IMO, as the main instructor, gave guidance and supervision throughout this course. Another two IMO experts for lectures were Mr. Arun Mehta and Mr. Ashok Pant from ARI Simulation.
Mr. Chen Aiping, Executive Deputy Director of China MSA, Prof. Yu Shicheng, Chairman of SMU University Council attended the opening.
Prof. Jin Yongxing, as the Chair of IMLA, delivered a speech in which he extended his warm welcome to the guests and expressed sincere gratitude to the constant support from IMO. He hoped that MET instructors and lecturers not only in China but also across the world would work more closely. He also proposed the expectations of the maritime education in the near future.
On the last day of this program, Mr. Ashok Mahapatra, valued highly of the students’ performance and the teaching facilities at SMU, and awarded the Certificates of Completion to the trainees. The Certificates were signed jointly by IMO and the China Maritime Safety Administration.
This state-level training course was an important action taken by the Chinese government for the implementation of the Manila Amendments to STCW Convention and Code.