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NMCI & Grupo Stier

Posted: March 25, 2015


We tried to keep this quiet but like with all great news someone had to leave the cat out of the bag. We are delighted to announce that the NMCI is the lead partner in the delivery of the Canary Island’s first Offshore Survival Training Centre.

A ceremony to mark the partnership will be held in Las Palmas on Friday next, March 27th, hosted by Conor Mowlds, Head of the NMCI, in the presence of the Spanish Minister for Industry, Energy and Tourism, Jose Manual Soria, and Ireland’s Honorary Consul in Gran Canaria, Victor Aúz Castro.


We have been working very closely with Grupo Stier to help develop the new training centre and are really looking forward to the official opening. Keep an eye out on our blog for more information in the coming days and for the full low down on this great news check out:

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The Irish Logistics & Transport Awards 2015

Posted: March 23, 2015

The ILTAs are Ireland’s most highly prized awards in the Logistics and Transport Industry, recognising the main areas of excellence in the industry encompassing strategy, future planning, transportation and supply chain integration.


On Thursday, March 19th 2015 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Dublin, Burlington Road, the cream of Ireland’s transport and logistics sector were recognised and celebrated in front of an audience of almost 400 senior executives. Hosted by the hilarious Irish comedian Dermot Whelan, 19 prestigious trophies were presented to the very best leaders and organisations within Ireland’s logistics and transport sector.



With The Irish Independent as Media Sponsors for the event the ILTAs were also sponsored by AIB, DAF, HYSTER, Health & Safety Authority, CustomsMatters, Amárach Research and Irish Truck & Light Commercials.
At the awards the NMCI were presented with the overall Education Award, a prestigious award which was earned due to the hard work and commitment of staff at the NMCI. We would like to take this opportunity to extend our congratulations to them from all of the team in at NMCI Services. For a full overview of all the winners follow this link.



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Training – A delegates perspective

Posted: March 18, 2015


As with most of our blog posts lately we like to start with a quote. Just a little something to keep in mind while reading our blogs. So we have decided that for this blog our quote should be “Safety isn’t just a slogan, it’s a way of life”. Those few words explain just how our instructors work. Safety for our instructors is not just a slogan; it really is a way of life.


Who am I?

Before anybody goes offshore there are a number of courses which they must complete, depending on their role in the oil & gas sector, with a MIST, BOSIET and HUET being the basic requirement.

Seen as I’m the new marketing executive for NMCI Services I decided it was time for me to take the plunge and complete one of the many offshore courses we offer through S.N.O (SEFtec NMCI Offshore). When people read blogs they want to read about peoples personal experiences and know what exactly happens when a delegate arrives to do a course. So on Thursday March 12th I had the opportunity to be a delegate on a HUET Course.


My day as a delegate

As I’m an employee things were a little different. I didn’t have to arrive in reception at 8.45 am or I didn’t have to find my way or travel from a neighbouring country. So I was going doing the meet and greet at 1:30pm.

After the theoretical aspects of the course were completed it was time to get into the water. Before a delegate can get into the water you have to don your swimwear and a tracksuit and t-shirt. The instructor will then give you a pair of overalls and a transit suit. I have to admit this is a bit strange because you feel like you’re in a blow up boiler suit. Once the shoes are on then it’s time to put on your life jacket.



What happened…


After a safety briefing pool side it was time to get into the water in our environmental pool. The temperature is kept at 21 degrees so it wasn’t cold like I had expected. It was hard to stay up in the water as at no point in our pool can you stand up. This is to help simulate the idea of being in the ocean. When you’re in the suit you have to swim backwards to stay afloat and then make your way over to the unit. Out unit is manufactured by SEFtec.

Once in the unit the instructor once again goes through what is going to happen. You are so well briefed that the idea of being underwater without air doesn’t seem so terrifying. There were 2 divers and then 2 instructors pool side. Safety is paramount when it comes to any course but for somebody who wouldn’t exactly be a water baby I definitely felt safe in the hands of all the instructors.

I will admit I was a bit nervous once the 3 safety checks had been done and the briefing had been completed. Before completing the first exercise we once again completed the 3 safety checks and went into the brace position. Once the unit hit the water it was time to pull the emergency strap on the window and once the water reached chest level it was time to take that big breath of air. Depending on which side of the ditcher unit you are in you have one hand on the window and the other on your buckle. This helps ensure that you are in a position to release the buckle and to push the window out so you can easily remove yourself from the unit. The first time the unit was submerged I found I was able to hold my breath but then again I did probably get out too fast. Second time around I was more psyched up to do it and the instructors helped calm me and motivate me to complete the training. Safety checks were completed again, brace position, pull the latch, take a deep breath and then once the unit has stopped moving unbuckle and remove yourself through the window. I didn’t seem to follow the steps and when I went to unbuckle I didn’t fully twist the buckle to unlock it. This meant I was stuck. Like I previously mentioned I’m not exactly a water baby so my immediate response was to panic. The instructors and divers are on high alert and noticed straight away and released me from behind my seat. Once I reached the surface I was perfect but I had gotten a bit of a shock. Third time lucky right? Well that did work. On my third attempt I completed each of the steps. This time I even decided to stay in the unit just a while longer as I wasn’t sure if it had stopped moving. Then once I did get out I was ready to take on the “capsize” aspect of the training.

The adrenaline was obviously present at this stage because I was a nervous wreck the night before thinking about it and then I was all go. I returned to the unit and once again strapped in and completed the safety briefing then the safety checks. I was fortunate enough to do the capsize without the window in the unit, don’t know if I would even have the strength to push out the window. The unit was being submerged in the water, I placed my right hand on the window frame tightly and placed my left hand on my buckle. Once we were completely submerged and the unit began to capsize the force of water wasn’t what I was expected and I lost my grip on the windows edge which did frighten me. I had my eyes open which meant I could see everything moving really fast. I would definitely recommend delegates to keep their eyes closed if possible as it’s hard to adapt to the change in surroundings when you’re capsizing.


Overall experience

The instructors and divers really made me feel comfortable in the water. It’s not an easy task completing any training but knowing you have people, for whom safety is a way of life, by your side definitely helps you relax. From the moment I walked up the stairs to the pool to the moment I got out of the environmental pool I felt like I was in safe hands. Everything is explained numerous times and they ask questions to ensure you are comfortable. For me, even climbing up a ladder is terrifying, so knowing that I was able to complete a HUET, I can safely say it was down to the team of people who were there on the day. For some delegates it can be extremely challenging to complete courses and I can now understand the nerves they develop, but I was the same and the team here at SEFtec NMCI Offshore helped me to face my fears. If I can do it then you can too…


Thanks for an amazing afternoon Joey, Terry, Cillian & Melissa.


FOET 26.02.15

HUET at the NMCI


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Cruise Shipping Conference Miami


The cruise shipping conference is currently running in Miami (March 16th – March 19th). For over 30 years, Seatrade Cruise Global has been the leading international exhibition and conference serving the cruise industry by bringing together buyers and suppliers for a week of networking, sourcing, and education. No other cruise event attracts such a broad range of industry players, with nearly 2,000 cruise line owners and operators from over 65 companies in attendance in 2014.

Two of our team had the opportunity to attend this years conference and have been keeping us updated back here at NMCI Services. Jim O’Byrne (Head of NMCI Services) and Garrett O’Rourke (Business Development Executive) are currently attending this years conference on behalf of NMCI Services and SEFtec NMCI Offshore. Keep an eye out over on twitter for the latest news on their travels.

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Recruitment calls from the Irish Naval Service

Posted: March 10, 2015


The Naval Service is looking to recruit 80 men and women and is now accepting applications for general enlistment. Closing date for applications is 27 March 2015. For further information and to apply, log onto…


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Advanced Fire Fighting- Limited Availability



Advanced Fire Fighting Course (Click here to view a HTML Version)


Due to high demand we have limited availability in our upcoming”Advanced Fire Fighting Course” here at NMCI Services. which is due to run on March 23rd. Book today to avoid disappointment. -Click Me


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Medical First Aid

Posted: March 9, 2015




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Learning today…Leading tomorrow


“Learning today….Leading tomorrow”

When we think of students our brain automatically reverts to thinking about young people and the fun they have in college. We never think of them as being the future. At the NMCI we take a personal interest in the education and professional development of our students as they are the leaders of our future.

When a student enrols at NMCI they sign up to a leading maritime college who are focusing on developing their skills and knowledge to an expert level. Companies know that our cadets are focused, have a diverse skill set and expert knowledge.

The National Maritime College boasts a $100 million dollar facility located in Ringaskiddy, in Cork, an area with great connectivity to Europe. With specialist spaces including survival facilities, seamanship and shipwrights’ workshops, fire fighting/damage control, jetty and lifeboat facilities and engine room we have a diverse range of facilities here. We also provide specialised simulation equipment in the areas of navigation, bridge training, communications, engineering –machinery operation, liquid cargo handling/damage control and vessel traffic systems. These facilities fully comply with the most up to date international standards and requirements. Check out the different degree programmes we offer here at the NMCI and the unique qualities of our cadets.


Cadet Training is delivered through 3 Degree Programmes;
Bachelor of Science in Nautical Science
• Bachelor of Engineering in Marine & Plant Engineering
• Bachelor of Engineering in Marine Electrotechnology

All courses are run in the state of the art facility in Cork Harbour incorporating full mission simulation and extensive survival training facilities. All of our cadets are trained in our $100 million dollar state of the art facility which is located 1 mile from Cork Harbour with great connectivity to Europe.



What’s different about our cadets?

  • STCW   mandatory training provided, with further specialised courses upon company request. i.e. Basic Oil & Chemical Tanker


  • Additional Training Deck Officer and ETO Candidates:
    • Electronic Navigational Systems


  • Support   towards sponsorship costs available from the Irish Government through the ISEAS Grant


  • All Officer Candidates receive the following training:
    • PSSR
    • Basic Sea Survival
    • Basic and Advanced Fire Fighting
    • Medical First Aid
    • Medical Care
    • CPSC
    • Security Awareness
    • ISPS & Safety Officer
    • ISM



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We have that “Friday Feeling” at NMCI Services

Posted: March 6, 2015


People’s attitudes towards Friday fascinate me. Its a fair assumption to say that “People love Fridays” and its probably because the weekend is fast approaching. I will admit that we do love Friday’s here at NMCI Services aswell but in a different kind of way. We have that Friday feeling everyday.

Seen as its Friday we have decided to bring you on a behind the scenes tour of our workplace to show you the full effects of that “Friday Feeling” on all our team here, and everyone from NMCI, Halpin, Cofley and the Irish Naval Service.

Friday’s call for “Crunchies”, so we decided to surprise some staff members with a special bar of chocolate to let them know how much we appreciate them. Remember how we had a blog piece called “Our Employees are our most valuable asset” , well that title rings through here at NMCI Services, so we decided to give everyone a treat.

Check out some of the selfies we took with members of the team today at the National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co.Cork, Ireland.  Help us get trending on twitter using the hash tag #NMCIS #thankcrunchieitsfriday.


Happy Friday from NMCI

Head of NMCI Services Jim O'Byrne

Head of NMCI Services Jim O’Byrne

SEFtec NMCI Offshore Instructors Melissa & Joey

SEFtec NMCI Offshore Instructors Melissa & Joey


Fred & Justin

Fred & Justin

Sue & John

Sue & John

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Head of NMCI Conor Mowlds

Head of NMCI Conor Mowlds

Terry (Instructor) & Ray (operations Manager)

Terry (Instructor) & Ray (operations Manager)

Delegates from the Canary Islands

Delegates from the Canary Islands

Students from NMCI

Students from NMCI

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Students from NMCI

Ciaran from Halpin

Ciaran from Halpin

The Marketing & Admin Team

The Marketing (Right) & Admin Team (Left)

"Commodore" Garrett O' Rourke aka Business Development

“Commodore” Garrett O’ Rourke aka Business Development

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Viv Gough

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New Legislation calls for “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” Training

Posted: March 5, 2015

New Legislation calls for “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” Training


Confined Space accidents are not a new phenomenon.

With over 5million workers entering confined spaces on a yearly basis worldwide, 259 of those workers die, which equates to 1 death per day. This is one death too many. The thing about entry into enclosed spaces is that for every 1 person who requires rescuing, 2-3 other un-trained rescuers die with them trying to execute a rescue. Training is key to avoiding such accidents.


The American Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OHSA) agency found when studying confined space fatalities that:

• 89% of fatalities occurred with jobs authorised by supervisors

• 80% of fatalities happened in locations that had been previously entered by the same person who later died

• Only 7% of the locations had warning signs indicating that they were confined spaces

• 65% of confined space fatalities are due to atmospheric hazards

• 35% of those who died were supervisors


New Legislative Requirements

The amendments to SOLAS Chapter III are detailed in IMO Resolution MSC.350 (92) which requires the following in relation to enclosed space entry and rescue drills:

“3.3 Crew members with enclosed space entry or rescue responsibilities shall participate in an enclosed space entry and rescue drill to be held on board the ship at least once every two months.

3.6.2 Each enclosed space entry and rescue drill shall include:

.1 Checking and use of personal protective equipment required for entry;

.2 Checking and use of communication equipment and procedures;

.3 Checking and use of instruments for measuring the atmosphere in enclosed spaces;


.4 Checking and use of rescue equipment and procedures; and

.5 Instructions in first aid and resuscitation techniques.

4.2 Every crew member shall be given instructions which shall include but not necessarily be limited to:

4.2.5 Risks associated with enclosed spaces and on-board procedures for safe entry into such spaces which should take into account, as appropriate, the guidance provided in recommendations developed by the Organisation”.

Members are advised to ensure their Safety Management Systems are updated to reflect this development and to implement such drills.


What does this mean for you & your Organisation?

As legislation changes and people retrain we at NMCI Services recommend delegates to undertake the “Entry into Enclosed Spaces” course. Let NMCI Services help you and your team achieve these new safety standards.


The aim of this course is to give your team training to meet the requirements set out in ‘The Merchant Shipping’ Regulations 1988, IMO Resolution A.864 and the Code of Safe Working Practices for Merchant Seamen (COSWP). The course will meet the new amended requirements laid out in the SOLAS Regulation III/19.


It is proven that training reduces accidents. Don’t let one of your team be a statistic, re-train them today. Entry into enclosed spaces really is a silent killer; having up to date training will help save lives.


Contact us today for further course details on: (021) 4335609


Course Details

  • 1 Day Course
  • 12 Delegates per Course
  • Corporate Discounts Available




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