NTC participated at the CrewConnect Global Conference last 22-24 November 2022 at Sofitel Plaza Manila as delegate and exhibitor. CrewConnect is an annual event that brings ship owners and managers, manning agencies, training institutes, travel agencies, Flag State Administrations, and other industry professionals together to discuss the best practices, new trends, and possible improvements in crewing, maritime education, and training.
On the first day, our Psychologist/Subject Matter Expert, Mr. Michael U. Jimenez, was part of the panel discussion on Normalizing a Healthy Approach to Mental Health and Work in the Maritime Industry.
Mr. Michael U. Jimenez, NTC's Psychologist/Subject Matter Expert delivering his speakership.
On the same day, representatives of the United Nations Global Impact, International Chamber of Shipping (ICS), and International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) paid a visit to NTC. Among the guests were Sturla Henriksen, Special Advisor, Ocean, to the United Nations Global Compact; Helio Vicente, Senior Manager (Policy and Employment Affairs) at ICS; Martha Selwyn, Manager at United Nations Global Compact; Jacqueline Smith, Maritime Coordinator at ITF. The visitors were warmly welcomed by the employees, led by Managing Director Capt. Jo Even Tomren, Deputy Director Capt. Knut Bentzrod, and Training Manager Capt. Nebuchadnezzar Rabaya. During the visit, NTC presented its own initiatives for The Just Maritime Transition: 10-Point Action Plan to a Greener Shipping and gave them a facility tour.
From left to right: Capt. Nebuchadnezzar; Mr. Helio Vicente of ICS; Ms. Jacqueline Smith of ITF; Ms. Martha Selwyn of UN Global Compact; Mr. Sturla Henriksen of UN Global Compact; Capt. Jo and Capt. Knut
Visitors trying out the Morild VR and VINA VR.
On the 2nd day, it was the African Delegation that paid a courtesy visit to NTC. As always, Capt. Jo greeted them with a warm welcome. The visitors—Pieter Coetzer, Training and Development Manager of SAMTRA; Azwimmbavhi Nelwamondo, Chief Examiner of SAMSA; Mvuyisi Dlakavu, National Seafarer Development Programme Manager of SAIMI; Tshepo Mokoena of NSF; and Hans Modipane, EMC Board member—were toured around NTC and explored our world-class facilities and equipment.
The visit was followed by the Norwegian Delegation represented by Geir Michalsen a.i., Chargé d'affaires of Royal Norwegian Embassy; Claus Gaasvig, Adviser on Business Promotion of Adviser of Royal Norwegian Embassy; Ana Maria Francesca Florentino, Business and Trade Advisor of Royal Norwegian Embassy; and Birgitte Elise Sylthe, Regional Section, Asia Desk.
The African Delegation, trying out the simulators and VR during their courtesy visit.
The Norwegian Delegation from the Royal Norwegian Embassy, welcomed by Capt. Jo; toured around and tried on the facilities of NTC.
Throughout the conference, a number of attendees dropped by the NTC booth to catch up on the latest developments and to get a glimpse of the new Virtual Instruction by NTC Automation (VINA) for ship familiarization and Morild VR for shiphandling.
NTC Team and NSA Cadets at the booth.
CrewConnect attendees trying out Morild VR and VINA VR at NTC Booth.