AMC takes training to the tropics

Australian maritime college

Oct 24 2013

AMC is playing an integral role in helping industry to meet its maritime training needs with the delivery of one of its courses in Queensland.

A group of 12 students recently completed an Integrated Rating course conducted in Cairns at the request of industry client Maritime Employees Training Limited.

Integrated Rating Course Coordinator Stephen Hurd said that setting up and delivering the course in a remote location was quite a challenge.

“We are fortunate with regard to the learning environment we have at the AMC campuses and we are well-practiced in delivering the IR course at Beauty Point,” Mr Hurd said.

“It took a lot of detailed planning, and a certain amount of imagination, to replicate the tools, materials, facilities and experienced staff at a remote location. However, the lead time we were given to deliver the course meant we had plenty of time to make these preparations.

“Generous local assistance from Norship Marine and Sea Swift gave the students access to working vessels, cargo operations and workshop facilities; all of which were critical aids to their learning in readiness for job placements at sea.”

The students completed nine weeks of the course in Cairns before travelling to Tasmania for the final week to undertake survival craft training. They also attended a short course completion ceremony at Beauty Point.

“We were very pleased with the successful results of the group during the college phase of the course, and the students have now all proceeded to the sea-going phase of training,” Mr Hurd said.

“Significantly, this pilot course was the first to be delivered from the new national maritime training package MAR13, and its details and successful outcomes were highlighted at the Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition.”

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