As fast as the shipping industry grows on the market, there is also a growth on the call for manning services of qualified and skilled people in the industry. Although in the Philippines, deployment of Filipino seafarers seems to be declining in the early 80’s, efforts have been manifested by the government to support the shipping industry and boost up deployment of Filipino Seafarers overseas. Several government officials attended conferences to primarily introduce the Filipino talents. Since then, the industry has been a tremendous job filler for Filipino seafarers.
The Need for a Better Preparation
Just as a child needs a preparation for his first few steps before he can totally walk and run as fast as he could, the government has seen a call for a better preparation of Filipino seafarers to meet international standards.
The Response to the Need
Responding to the need and growth of the industry, Intership Navigation Training Center (ISNTC) was established in 1994. With dedicated professionals and experienced seafarers, operating in a small room, and conducting classes on corridors with the aid of a TV set, a VHS player, and some training videos, ISNTC made “TRAINING for COMPETENCY” its moving factor.
Initial acquisitions of additional tools and equipment for better trainings began in 1998. Although basically training seafarers working for Intership Navigation, ISNTC opened its doors to other trainees.
Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc. (ISNTC) is a professional maritime training and assessment center which shall provide seafarers with high quality level standards of training to meet the requirements and satisfaction of our customers, seafarers employers and our employees based on relevant laws, rules, and regulations nationally and internationally.
ISNTC aims to improve the theoretical knowledge and practical skills of Filipino seafarers by enhancing and supplementing the existing local and international minimum training standard, to evaluate the competency of seamen, and familiarize the on-signing crewmembers, to guide and assist seamen during their career, to ensure personal safety, safe and better-maintained ships, environmental protection and adherence to Quality System.
ISNTC is truly committed in providing quality maritime training and is summarized in its Quality Policy:
Within Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc. we are committed to provide maritime educational services that meet the customers’ specified requirements and to ensure that students achieve knowledge, understanding, skills and competence in compliance with educational objectives. We are totally committed to setting and achieving quality standards that are capable of meeting in all respects, the specified requirements and reasonable expectations of our customers.
Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc. shall develop and maintain a Quality Management System that conforms to the requirements of DIN EN ISO 9001:2000 and Maritime Training Council (MTC), so that we can provide and maintain a consistently high quality in all work we undertake. Our Quality Management System shall ensure that proper communication, work control and accountable records are generated for all work undertaken.
All members of Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc. staff are charged with promoting these aims and are required to familiarize themselves with the contents of this Quality Manual which defines the Quality Management System that has been established and adopted as the means for achieving these declared objectives. Everyone connected with Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc. shall be supported according to their individual needs for personal development, training and facilities.
Total Quality Management shall be applied to every aspect of our activity and quality shall be the responsibility of everyone, in every aspect, throughout Intership Navigation Training Center, Inc.
The Philippines is today the main labor-supplying country to the international shipping industry. This position has not been easily attained, and the challenge is to maintain and even consolidate this unique situation. But, Filipino seafarers are now facing strong and increasing competition from other labor-supplying countries.
The future is fraught with excitement and opportunities and international shipping can reap them only through people. Shipping, as the cliché goes, is ultimately all about people and competence.