Today there are more than 25,000 Filipino seafarers on board Norwegian owned or operated vessels. Thousands of them were trained by the Norwegian Training Center in Manila during the last two decades. To see the facilities of the Center, Philippine Ambassador to Norway, Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia, visited the Center on 30 September 2019 and met with its Managing Director, Atty. Erland Grimstad. He explained that the mission of the Center is to train seafarers in the highest standard of safety and excellence in maritime operations throughout the world. He noted that the facility at the E-Commerce Building is the first fully integrated simulation system in the Philippines with simulators using sophisticated seaview 3D technology, extensive fleet of ship models, and a variety of challenging scenarios that provide the best and most realistic training and learning experience.
During the guided tour, Ambassador Batoon-Garcia was shown the different training rooms, and introduced to the Filipino instructors and the cadets from different countries who were undergoing training in the facility. She tried her hand at the simulation chairs to find out how difficult it is to operate the equipment without extensive training. Atty. Grimstad, Deputy Head of Mission Larissa Falkenberg Kosanovic of the Norwegian Embassy and Mr. Mark Anthony Dizon from the Department of Foreign Affairs accompanied the Ambassador throughout the visit.
The Center was established by the Norwegian Shipowners Association, on the initiative of the Norwegian Maritime Foundation Philippines, on February 1990. Additional information on the Center may be found at https://www.ntcm.com.ph. END