The MNTB team attended the International Association of Maritime Institutions (IAMI) 24th AGM and conference for what was a truly international event with delegates attending from as far afield as Florida and Jordan.
John Wyburn (IAMI Chairman) introduced and started the event highlighting the themes for the three days. After the first day, consisting of the Executive Committee Meeting and IAMI AGM, the conference itself started and speaker Bill Mullen (Clyde Pilotage Authority) talked about the challenges and issues a ship pilot faces (as well as a visual background to the vocation). Speaking later that day, and on the theme of automation and technological changes facing the Maritime industry, Richard Westgarth (QinetiQ) gave a snapshot of some of the new developments automation is likely to have on the maritime industry. The Maritime and Coastguard Agency’s Captain Roger Towner gave his annual review of the changes undergone in the MCA internally as well as other issues of concern in 2016 to the industry.
On the third day the MNTB’s own Glenys Jackson gave a detailed rundown of course and training development and employer responsiveness for ratings, apprenticeships and cadet training. Fena Boyle, continued in outlining MNTB’s work, giving a rich summation of the hard work done to engage Careers at Sea Ambassadors, who are serving and former seafarers, through events and links to educational institutes such as schools.
The last day ended with a fascinating presentation of parallel developments of training for aircraft personnel in the civil aviation industry by Rick Thomas (Omega Training Solutions) as well as a detailed insight into the Dutch system of maritime training by Patrick Randell (Nova College, Netherlands).
The conference was thoroughly enjoyed by and benefited all attendees, who learned a huge amount was gained from the presentations as well as fostering understanding and networking to support and understand training and technology and automation needs which the industry needs to keep abreast of in order to maintain its competitive edge.
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