MTC – Maritime Training Courses is a consortium between Mozambican company Insite and the Belgium BIM (Bureau International Maritime) that started to offer to the Mozambican market STCW (International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping for Seafarers) basic courses for seafarers since 2021.
Through this consortium, InSite and BIM are allying local knowledge and presence with international expertise, creating a powerful team able to adjust its dynamics and methodologies to the country culture and still oﬀer high-quality courses that are recognized in Mozambique and abroad.
The courses already provided are: Basic Safety Courses (Personal Survival Techniques, Basic Firefighting, Elementary First Aid and Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities), Security Awareness Training for Seafarers, Rating Forming Part of an Engineering Watch (oiler/motorman), Rating forming part of a Navigational Watch and Ships Cook.
The project started in May 2021 and the first course was given to 42 Mozambican seafarers that will be part of the crews of Smit Lamnalco tugs that will provide escort, berthing, and unberthing services to LNG carriers at the FLNG facility.
The technical competence of this consortium is demonstrated by the following standards and independent authorities:
- ISO 9001(Quality), ISO 14001(Environment), and 45001:2018(Health and Safety)–Both companies are certified demonstrating that they implemented and keep an integrated management system ensuring quality, health and safety, and environment international standards
- Belgium Maritime Inspectorate – BIM (Bureau International Maritime) is recognized by the Belgium Marine Inspectorate for the provision of STCW courses and its courses are recognized internationally with support from the leading flag states such as Belgium, Liberia, and the Marshal Islands
- INAMAR (National Navy Institute) – the courses provided are approved by INAMAR, the Government Authority for the regulation of Maritime activities in Mozambique.
Now Mozambique holds a local solution for seafarers that want to participate in the national and international seafarers’ market.
The oil and gas industry in Mozambique will generate many jobs and a more technical type of labor force will start to be built within the country in the maritime industry.
Also, the capacity to generate international qualifications to export Mozambicans in the crewing international business is very interesting and innovative.