UMTC 1st in Philippines to Become a Centre of Excellence

05 Jul 2017
by Marlow Navigation

United Marine Training Centre (UMTC) has been officially recognised as a Centre of Excellence in maritime education and training by DNV-GL.


DNV-GL Singapore formally announced UMTC’s recognition as a Centre of Excellence during a recent client meeting and forum, held on June 21 at the training centre in Manila.

This makes UMTC the 1st maritime training centre in the Philippines and Southeast Asia to obtain this status and only the 2nd currently holding it worldwide.

“No doubt this achievement further strengthens our reputation and market position as one of the leading maritime training centres in the Philippines, and globally,” states Training Director, UMTC, Donald Bautista. “At UMTC, we are constantly evaluating and improving our activities and processes, supported by exceptional and dedicated people, advanced facilities and innovation. This important recognition cements this good work from the entire team, but it must also be attributed to the input and support of all our clients over the years,” adds Bautista.

‘Centre of Excellence’ is an accreditation process/exercise to assess and highlight training centres that are the “cream of the crop” and where prospective learners/clients can learn from the best.

“We at DNV-GL saw UMTC improve by leaps and bounds from the start of their journey towards Centre of Excellence in 2011 till now. Through excellent and effective leadership, intelligent personnel sourcing and retention, UMTC built a strong team to carry the day and hopefully continue maintaining this outstanding performance in the years to come,” explains Principal Consultant, Regional Head of Practice - Safety, Risk & Reliability, DNV GL - Maritime Advisory, Region South East Asia, Pacific & India, Zainal Abdeen.

The emphasis during the DNV-GL audit primarily lies on core processes and objectives to ensure high quality education and training. It looks at an organisation by zooming in on all critical steps and benchmarks them against well-developed and established standards. Key areas in scrutiny are centre management such as staff and facilities, course design and planning, course delivery, and learner assessment and course evaluation.

“This is a fantastic achievement by UMTC and indicative of the first-rate services they have provided our company in the education and training of seafarers in the Philippines,” says Chairman, Marlow Navigation, Hermann Eden. “We thank them for their ongoing commitment and support and look forward to continued collaboration.”

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About Marlow Navigation

Marlow Navigation provides comprehensive third party crew & ship management services, able to support a vessel from its first plans on a drawing board, until final days at sea. This is backed by a global network of offices, manning/recruiting agencies & new generation training centres.

Since the company’s beginnings in 1982 from the maritime hub of Limassol, Marlow Navigation has grown to become a globally renowned & trusted name in the ship management industry. Today, a network spanning more than 10 countries, with approximately 800 shore-based staff & 14,000 crew on-board managed vessels, underpins the company’s progress, business sustainability & client-focussed ethos.

Scope of services has over the past three decades broadened to now include fully-fledged maritime management activities, including crew management, full technical ship management, new ship building supervision, finance & administration, crew recruitment, training and safety, and offshore crewing. These services are provided out of management offices located in Limassol (Cyprus), Hamburg (Germany), Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Mumbai (India) & Hong Kong. Together with a state-of-the-art maritime academy in the Philippines, international naval training centres in Ukraine, Russia & Germany, as well as a global network of seafarer recruiting agencies.

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