Kherson Maritime Specialized Training Centre (KMSTC) has further enhanced its international quality standing, as audited by leading industry organisations.
Recently, KMSTC was selected to be part of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) auditing process, due to their excellent reputation of being one of the top-performing training facilities in the country.
EMSA is one of the EU’s decentralised agencies. Based in Lisbon, the agency provides technical assistance and support to the European Commission and Member States in the development and implementation of EU legislation on maritime safety, pollution by ships and maritime security.
“In addition to our yearly Bureau Veritas inspection and certification of quality and safety standard, this confirmation by EMSA takes KMSTC to an even higher level and cements our position as one of the leading training centres in the country,” said Manager, KMSTC, Captain Sergey Dudchenko.
KMSTC has also received several additional STCW Certificate of Compliance, audited by the State Service for Maritime and Inland Water Transport of Ukraine. This includes renewal of existing courses, as well as five newly approved courses, including Proficiency in fast Rescue Boat, Restricted GMDSS operator, Hazmat, Training of passenger ships personnel, and Medical care on board.
“I know from my own experience and practice as a captain at sea the necessity and importance of seafarers obtaining the relevant and proper knowledge and skills. Safety greatly depends on how seafarers react in any difficult or dangerous situation,” explained Head of Maritime Administration of Ukraine, Captain Dmytro Petrenko.
“KMSTC takes an important and honourable place in such training of maritime specialists at an international level. We commend them for their highly professional activities in seafarer training and for providing the necessary and recognised qualifications to ensure utmost safety and quality,” added Captain Petrenko.
Meanwhile, the annual OPITO audit reconfirmed the quality of training at KMSTC, and now also includes a newly approved BOSIET Digital Delivery. “I first visited KMSTC in August 2013 as an OPITO Auditor and found an impressive facility which had been purpose built for OPITO BOSIET/HUET/FOET training delivery. As such, the facility was and still is, a very good example of what is needed to meet all OPITO requirements,” confirmed Country Manager Cyprus, OPITO, Chris Wright.
“Since then, I have been fortunate enough to revisit the centre on several occasions for further monitoring audits linked to their OPITO Approval and have always found that training is delivered to an extremely high standard by professional and knowledgeable instructors and support staff in a well maintained, safe and controlled environment.
“KMSTC represents the embodiment of an OPITO approved training facility delivering approved training at the highest level on a global stage,” added Wright.
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