NYK-TDG Maritime Academy Graduates Its Class of 2018

November 19, 2018

On November 16, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), which is located in the suburbs of Manila and jointly run by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG),* proudly graduated the 171 students comprising the academy’s Class of 2018.

NYK president Tadaaki Naito and TDG chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado, in addition to invited guests that included Philippines Bureau of Customs Commissioner Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, participated in the graduation ceremony for the students, all of whom had enrolled in 2014.

President Naito encouraged the graduates in his commencement address by saying, “This is a memorable time for you to harvest what you planted four years ago. During your time at NTMA, I hope that you have developed a keen awareness of what is going on around you, in addition to foresight, or the ability to determine what might happen next. The growth of the shipping business remains challenging, and NYK must prepare, plan, and act swiftly to implement the most appropriate and effective approaches to survive. Remember that lessons, mistakes, and experiences have strengthened your roots, and your foundation is steady, ready to take on the next season of your life.”

The most excellent cadet, Kurt Crichton B. Condez, made a speech saying, “My classmates and I want to give appreciation to the many people who supported us. We finally reached today, together through years of hard work, and we have already prepared for our next voyage. We’ll never forget what we have learnt here at NTMA, and cherishing today’s fresh feelings, we will work hard for our family, future, and county.”

Graduates toss their hats in celebration

From left, Maria Nieves R. Confesor, chairperson of NTMA’s Board of Trustees; Rey Leonardo B. Guerrero, commissioner of Philippines Bureau of Customs; the parents of the most excellent cadet, Kurt Crichton B. Condez, together with him (center); Tadaaki Naito, president of NYK; and J. Roberto C. Delgado, founder and chairman of TDG

NYK was the first Japanese company to establish a maritime academy in the Philippines, and NTMA is currently celebrating its 11th anniversary since opening in 2007. The academy strives to produce high quality seafarers, and has established a student loan program for students who might find it financially challenging to pursue such a degree. In fact, the state examination pass rate for certification as a marine officer is 100 percent. NTMA has been highly evaluated as a maritime school and was one of the first maritime academies to be recognized in 2011 by Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism under a new certification program for graduates of overseas maritime academies. A total of 999 students have graduated from NTMA since the academy opened, and most graduates are actively engaged as officers or engineers on NYK-operated ships.

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)

Established: June 3, 2007
Number of students: 120 per academic year in two academic disciplines, 60 in marine navigation and 60 in marine engineering
Instructors and staff: About 70
Location: Canlubang, Calamba City (a suburban city about a one-hour drive from Manila) Curriculum: Four years (three years of academic study and one year of onboard training) Mission: 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.

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