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NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2014

October 6, 2014

On September 22, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA) held a graduation ceremony at its campus in Canlubang, Calamba City, which is in the suburbs of Manila. Enrolled in 2010, the graduating class of 107 students completed three years of basic classes and training courses using operational simulators and an engine plant, and one year of training on board NYK training vessels.
The graduation ceremony was attended by NYK chairman Koji Miyahara and TDG* chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Maximo Q. Mejia Jr., administrator of the Philippines’ Maritime Industry Authority.
In his commencement address, Mr. Miyahara encouraged the students by saying: “In the maritime industry that you will join, highly trained seafarers who have technical expertise and a regard for safety are needed in order to respond to a rapidly changing and expanding economy. We expect you to continue to learn, improve yourself after graduation, and become excellent officers and engineers”.
The program offered at NTMA produces high-quality seafarers by providing them with a basic level of scholarship in addition to valuable training experience on board.

From left:
J. Roberto C. Delgado, founder and chairman of TDG;
Koji Miyahara, chairman of NYK;
The most excellent cadet, REYNALD MARK B.BAAT;
Dr. Maximo Q. Mejia, Jr., Administrator of Maritime Industry Authority

At the nationwide Maritime School Assessment Program (MSAP) examination held for students attending merchant vessel seamanship schools in the Philippines, most of the NTMA graduates this year were at the top in academic performance. The students are now taking the ship officer examination, and all the examinees so far have acquired seafarer certificates of competency. After obtaining the certificate, each seafarer will begin a career as a third officer or third engineer on NYK owned and operated ships and aim to become a captain or chief engineer through continual training and development offered by the NYK Group.
NYK will continue its effort to improve both the quality and quantity of Filipino seafarers as executive candidates within the NYK Group.
Outline of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA)

June 3, 2007
Number of students
180 per academic year in two academic disciplines, 90 in marine navigation and 90 in marine engineering
(Until 2012, 120 students per academic year, 60 in marine navigation and 60 in marine engineering)
About 50
Calamba, a city in the suburbs of Manila (about a one-hour drive from Manila)
Four years (three years of academic study and one year of onboard training)
To foster global seafarers through higher education by focusing on building an individual’s sense of humanity and providing training in practical maritime technologies

*Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)

A business group established by Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado. Business activities include vessel agent services, seafarer manning, training and cadet education, as well as other logistics businesses. TDG and NYK have maintained a cooperative relationship since the establishment of TDG in 1976.

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