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Simulation @ NMCI Services

Posted: March 2, 2015
360° full-mission bridge simulator

360° full-mission bridge simulator




The NMCI boasts one of the largest simulation suites in Europe if not the world. This compromises of the following Kongsberg Simulators:




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• 360° full-mission bridge simulator


• 270° full-mission bridge simulator


• 3 x auxiliary 150° bridge simulators


• 12 x NARAS-O/Fleet work simulators


• Vessel Traffic System simulator at 3 control positions


• 6 Bridge ECDIS Suite






Simulation Courses


We deliver bespoke courses which are tailored to individual clients needs because we recognise that each client is different. We primarily utilise our 360° full mission bridge to provide, amongst others, specialised ship handling courses. These include;


• Pilot Training


• Ship Specific training


• Propulsion Specific Training


• Port Specific training




Specialised Operations such as; 


• Ship to Ship Transfer


• Replenishment at Sea for Seismic Industry



Our in-house capabilities in visual & hydrodynamic modelling means there is no limit with regard to vessels or ports that can be simulated.


In addition to enhancing these courses, the modelling capabilities allow us to offer the facilities for manoeuvring and port development studies.


Our extensive expertise in simulation allows us to also offer consultancy services in all aspects of simulation; design, purchase, and installation, together with course preparation and delivery.


We also deliver approved courses such as;


• ECDIS Operator Electronic Chart Display


• Nautical Knowledge Weeks


• VTS- V-103/1 VTS Operator -Simulation


• VTS- V-103/1Operator Underpinning Knowledge


• 2 day Kongsberg Type Specific Training




We are constantly developing new courses as well.


Our suite of bridges is enhanced and complimented by extensive engine and cargo simulation.


• Full mission Engine Room simulator with low and high speed diesel engine models


• 20 student workstations for Engine Room systems simulations


• Liquid cargo handling and damage control simulators at 10 student workstations


They allow us to offer combined simulator exercises, in addition to the process training that the engine and cargo simulators are suited for.




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Todays’ Industry News

Posted: February 27, 2015


Statoil shut Statfjord C platform

Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after discovering cracks in the platform’s flare tower, Norwegian daily Stavanger Aftenblad reported on Thursday.          

Statoil could not immediately comment on the report.

The entire Statfjord field, including all three platforms, produced about 81,000 barrels of oil equivalents last year.


Danish Maritime Fair set for October

After a successful first edition, received with great enthusiasm by the international maritime cluster, the Danish Maritime Fair is opening its gates for the second year, from 6th to 8th of October 2015. Reservation of stands will be open from February 17th, 2015 at12:00 PM.

The exhibition has grown by 40 percent in area since last year, and now offers 171 stands. 

This year, the halls will be divided into five main sections: 

1.    Shipping & Finance

2.    Authorities, Education and Organizations

3.    Bunkers & Services

4.    Equipment Suppliers

5.    Various, including ports and offshore


6 new U.S Ships for Viking Cruises

Plans call for the construction of six new vessels over the next three years at an estimated cost of $90 million to $100 million per vessel, all of which will be built in U.S. shipyards and crewed by U.S. citizens. 

The vessels will be owned by Tennenbaum Capital Partners, a Los Angeles-based alternative investment management firm, and time-chartered to Viking in full compliance with maritime laws. Viking River Cruises customers, traveling to New Orleans from across the U.S., Europe and beyond, will bring new business to hotels, restaurants, museums and other attractions in the city, expanding sales for local merchants. More than 90 percent of sales created by the project will come from out-of-state customers.


NMCI Services release new course

NMCI Services will run a High Voltage (Management) course in the coming weeks.

As the High Voltage (Management) course is a commercial course, it is available to book online at the following link: High Voltage (M). Once you have registered and paid online you will appear on the course participants list. Unfortunately, we cannot accept provisional course booking requests as there are limited places available. The course cost is €1,200 per delegate.

This course is suitable for marine engineering officers, electrical or electro-technical officers, engineer surveyors and marine superintendents. The training gives seafarers the essential education and training in high voltage (HV) installations to meet the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency requirements as set out in STCW 2010 Tables A-III/2 and A-III/6 for electrical, electronic and control systems at the management level.

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GTSS team travel to GAC Headquarters, Dubai


The GTSS team had the opportunity to travel to Dubai last week to meet with different members of the GAC team at the GAC Headquarters.  

Dubai is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is one of the seven emirates that make up the country. The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline. It has emerged as a global city and business hub of the Persian Gulf region, and is a major transport hub for both passengers and cargo.

The purpose of the visit was to firstly introduce our new GTSS team to GAC in Dubai and to explore the synergies between GAC Corporate Academy and GAC Training and Service Solutions (GTSS). We intend to build on our current course offerings with GAC Bunkers going forward and it was a great opportunity to discuss future plans between both groups.


James O'Byrne, Joy Gillen, Conor Mowlds and Ruth Murphy

James O’Byrne, Joy Gillen, Conor Mowlds and Ruth Murphy

Pictured, from the left, are  James O’Byrne, General Manager GTSS, Joy Gillen, Marketing Executive GTSS, Conor Mowlds, Managing Director GTSS and Ruth Murphy, Finance Manager.


Who are GTSS?

GAC Training and Services Solutions is part of the GAC Group (global shipping, logistics and marine services provider) with over 10,000 employees operating in 300 offices worldwide. In partnership with the National Maritime College of Ireland, we provide expert delivery of a portfolio of training courses for both seafarers and shore-based shipping personnel.

GTSS combines the NMCI’s state-of-the-art facilities (including a 17 bridge simulator suite and survival pool) with GAC’s global reach and 50 years of shipping experience. Our bespoke GTSS courses are tailored to suit the particular training requirements of maritime companies and groups. Clients from the all areas have worked with us to develop customised training on our state of the art marine simulators. We can also provide a suite of courses for companies looking to train their employees in numerous maritime short courses.

Courses are developed and delivered by some of the most respected names in maritime training.

Conor Mowlds,Damien O'Donoghue, Ruth Murphy, James O'Byrne & Joy Gillen

Conor Mowlds,Damien O’Donoghue, Ruth Murphy, James O’Byrne & Joy Gillen

For further course details contact Joy Gillen, Marketing Executive for GTSS;


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A day at NMCI Services


Ray Johnson & Damien Murphy


Our Operations Manager – Ray Johnson & Damien Murphy - NCO i/c Seamanship Training from the Irish Naval Service  pictured at the National maritime College, Ringaskiddy.

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OPITO approved FOET

Posted: February 26, 2015


National Maritime College of Ireland have invested in excess of 60 million euros into their state of the art training facilities. This has created a centre of excellence throughout Europe and has put us at the forefront of training centres globally.

We are an OPITO and Renewable UK approved training provider and all our instructors have relevant maritime experience. We are conveniently located in Cork, Ireland and easily accessible by air, road and rail networks. The fact that there is no VAT on training services in Ireland and the favourable EURO/GBP foreign exchange rate makes us a very cost effective offshore training centre for organisations internationally.  

What is a FOET?

This 1-Day offshore course is designed to meet further emergency training requirements for oil and gas industry personnel. Delegates will be required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the safety training course content. Delegates will be given further training to enhance and complement their existing knowledge of the hazards encountered when working on offshore installations and the course forms part of our ongoing emergency training programme.

Delegates successfully completing the course will have refreshed and updated their knowledge and skills in:

- Helicopter Underwater Escape Training & Emergency Breathing Systems. – Fire fighting and Self Rescue. – First Aid.


Some pictures of todays delegates


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Launch of the PALS program at NMCI

Posted: February 25, 2015


Today the NMCI welcomed Barbara Hempel, project manager for PALS, to launch the PALS initiative in the college.

PALS is an acronym for Peer Assisted Learning and Support. The social side of PAL’s is what we have introduced here at NMCI. It is derived from the L.I.S.T.E.N. (Listen & Involve Students to Empower New Beginnings) peer mentoring service in CIT. In layman’s terms it’s like a buddy system. It improves the first year student’s experience of college through social mentoring.

So what is PALS all about?

Take a moment and think back to when you were getting ready to go offshore you were probably a nervous wreck of excitement…. It was more than likely daunting going into a new environment and not knowing anybody and wondering would you make friends. For some people it can be exciting and for others it can be nerve wrecking.

PALS takes the pressure away. It helps you settle in, get to know people, learn the ropes and have an overall positive experience of the new journey ahead of you.

It improves the student’s experience of placement through social mentoring. The PALS initiative provides both support and guidance to students. It creates that social connection with other students which can be hard for some to achieve and instils confidence in students. By having a senior student as a mentor it gives students an opportunity to discuss possible pre placement issues and sponsorship issues which the mentor will have experience in.

Not only a mentor, your PAL helps you develop as a person. By gaining confidence your communication skills, your interpersonal skills and even your problem solving skills will improve.
It’s not just a one way system though; the PALS program benefits both parties. When you’re leaving college and looking to be employed, by having the PALS program on your CV it will enhance your employability as it shows you have skills such as leadership, communication, and teamwork. Sponsoring companies are even supportive of the PAL’s initiative and acknowledge participating students.

What does being a mentor entail?

Being a mentor is a great opportunity and one which is supported by both the NMCI and Sponsoring companies. The idea is that the mentor/ mentee will meet in a social setting and have a chat. It’s all about being social. Chat, drink tea/coffee and engage with one another. NMCI will provide a drinks voucher for each mentors/mentees so the financial strain is taken away from the gathering.

Think of it as a time to chill and catch up with friends; that’s what the program enables; it enables friendship amongst peers. Remember, even though Facebook takes up our time, it’s important to interact with people face to face.

Stand up, be a mentor and get involved in the PALS program, we all remember what it was like to be the new kid on the block.

For further information regarding the PALS program contact:
Maritime Liaison Officer Annette Coughlan |


My mentor met with me every week for a chat which really helped me settle in to CIT as I was really homesick at the beginning’ (CIT Student)

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“Confidence” – Our newest edition

Posted: February 20, 2015


We are delighted to welcome “Confidence” to the facilities here at NMCI Services.  A delightful new edition to add to our state of the art facilities, confidence is a new piece of equipment which will be an essential element of some of our training courses here at NMCI.  Want a closer look? Then visit us here at NMCI to check out our state of the art facilities, or keep an eye out on our blog for further information about “Confidence”.




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Behind the scenes #BOSIET Course

Posted: February 19, 2015


Adventure Time

Today we bring you on a behind the scenes tour of a BOSIET course which was being ran by two of our Instructors- Cillian & Elizabeth today. Check out the pictures below to see the delegates and instructors in the Environmental Pool.


What is a BOSIET Course?

This 3 Day offshore course is designed to provide delegates with a basic knowledge of safety and emergency response procedures for working in offshore environments. Delegates gain a basic level of understanding and awareness of the hazards encountered when working on offshore installations, and of the safety regime and safety management systems in place to control and mitigate those hazards. The course is a mix of theoretical and practical sessions, during which delegates are required to demonstrate their level of knowledge and understanding of the training programme content.

The course covers the following elements:

- Safety Induction

- Helicopter Safety and Escape

– Sea Survival

– Fire fighting

- First Aid


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New Year = New Course @NMCIS (High Voltage Management)

Posted: February 17, 2015


Where better to complete your training than at NMCIS, Europe’s leading maritime college. With a $100 million dollar state of the art facility located only 1 mile from Cork Harbour,and with great connectivity to Europe, NMCI Services should be your first port of call.

And lest we forget to mention that there is no VAT on training in Ireland so we should definitely be top of mind for all your training needs. If you are still unsure then why not look at some testimonials from delegates who completed training with us here.

So, to cut a long story short we are delighted to announce that NMCI Services are offering a scheduled High Voltage (Management) Training Course, May 18th – 22nd.


High Voltage Management Course

As the High Voltage (Management) course is a commercial course, it is available to book online at the following link: High Voltage (M). Once you have registered and paid online you will appear on the course participants list. Unfortunately, we cannot accept provisional course booking requests as there are limited places available. The course cost is €1,200 per delegate.

This course is suitable for marine engineering officers, electrical or electro-technical officers, engineer surveyors and marine superintendents. The training gives seafarers the essential education and training in high voltage (HV) installations to meet the Knowledge, Understanding and Proficiency requirements as set out in STCW 2010 Tables A-III/2 and A-III/6 for electrical, electronic and control systems at the management level.


Course Content

The course consists of a blend of classroom and practical training using dedicated facilities to enable students to achieve the following training outcomes:

  • Management of HV operations on board a ship, including familiarisation with HV safety rules, procedures and legislation, knowledge of electrical hazards, and completion of safety records and documentation.
  • Understanding the HV system and the maintenance of distribution capability, including operational and safety features, function of protection devices, HV switch room arrangements, analysing the protection of marine distribution systems  and practical maintenance.
  • Identification of faults within an HV system and reconfiguration of the system to maintain electrical supply, including identification of fault levels and conditions, and compiling and implementing a switching plan to isolate a high voltage distribution fault


The course will commence at 9am Monday May 18th and to ensure a timely start we kindly request all delegates to report to reception no later than 08.45am. 

Should you have any further queries please do not hesitate to contact us at and we’d be delighted to assist.

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Why delegates choose NMCI Services



Why choose NMCI Services?

NMCIS is the commercial division of the National Maritime College, Europe’s leading third level maritime college. Our goal is to achieve and deliver excellent, quality service to our existing and future customer base. All of our clients are safe in the knowledge that they are trained by experienced, professional mariners to the highest standards. Let NMCI Services be your first port of call.

 Did you know that we have a 10 acre site with state of the art facilities located only 16km from Cork City, a city with key transport links across Europe? Well we do! We partnered with GAC and SEFtec Global Training Ireland Ltd, enabling us to meet International Standards. And just when you thought that wasn’t enough we give corporate discounts and even offer bespoke training to meet the needs of your industry. Why not make NMCIS your first port of call…


What delegates have to say about us…

When you think of maritime training then you should be thinking NMCIS,  that’s what comes to mind for delegates who have completed their training with us.

We have handpicked the best instructors in industry to teach all our professional short maritime courses and this is reflected in the testimonials from delegates. Check out some of those testimonials below;



“An excellent course ran by professionals. Training was delivered to a very high standard and information was conveyed in a clear and professional manner. Overall I felt the course was very good and well delivered by all trainers”. (Terry J. Rathire) (BOSIET Course)


“The course content was excellent and all four instructors (Terry, Joe, Killiann, and Liz) were exceptional at their jobs. I would highly recommend the training centre. I will definitely be returning to complete my next course at the facility”.  (Rory O’Connor) (BOSIET Course)



“I had an enjoyable day on the FOET. The three instructors were very professional and informative. All questions were answered and explained thoroughly. I will definitely recommend NMCIS to all of my colleagues”. (Stephen Harris) (FOET Course)


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“Brilliant course, it was very well structured and presented. I have to say that Terry, Liz and Killian are extremely knowledgeable and were great operators. Thanks a million”. (Patrick McLeod) (PST Course)


“I found the course very enjoyable. It was a great combination of theory and practical learning. The lecturers were extremely knowledgeable, and friendly. I would highly recommend this course to anybody”. (Romano Capocci) (PST)


“Great course. I’m not very confident in the water but felt very safe and completed the helicopter simulation thanks to the instructors. Overall it was a great experience and I will be recommending NMCIS to my colleagues”.  (Chris Marsh) (PST)




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