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Looking to access the Cruise Industry?

Posted: May 27, 2015

Cruise Industry Training

Do you know somebody who is looking to gain access into the cruise industry?

Somebody who is currently unemployed and wants to travel the world?

Check out our new course offering above which is being run in conjunction with the Cork Enterprise Training Board. Positions in demand can vary greatly from hospitality, to beauticians, hairdressers, receptionists, personal trainers, childcare professionals, security/administration personnel, EI technicians.

Professional competence and safety consciousness are paramount in the passenger vessels. Companies look for a positive attitude, flexibility, teamwork and communication skills. Enthusiasm, a polite manner and asmart, tidy appearance, at all times is also critical in this industry. For further information please contact Brian : / 021-4856379.

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Save the Date – HOOW Conference 2015


Harnessing our ocean wealth


It’s that time of year again when we are all busy making summer holiday plans and getting back to a routine after the busy Christmas period. So when your looking at your calendar wondering when to go away on holidays you should have a look at what Cork has to offer this summer…..

A major celebration of Ireland’s ocean wealth will take place this summer in the real capital of Ireland, Cork, the rebel city. A two day event, 10th and 11th July, is planned for Ringaskiddy and Haulbowline in association with IMERC and with support from Beaufort Building, UCC, the National Maritime College of Ireland, the Naval Service and the Marine Institute.

The event is an initiative of Ireland’s Integrated Marine Plan – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth. It will build on the first annual “Our Ocean Wealth Conference” which took place in Dublin Castle last July. The event was attended by about 500 delegates.  This year the organisers hope to attract a wider audience over the two day event which will include a conference, marine technology expo, investor events, workshops, a seafood festival, family fun, and competitions.

By broadening its scope to include a range of activities open to families as well as business and potential investors, the event aims to highlight the social, cultural and economic benefits of Ireland’s marine sector and provide a platform for public engagement with Ireland’s marine resource.

So, why not save the date? July 10th and 11th 2015…. It’s your chance to visit us here at NMCI Services and gain an insight into the maritime sector.

For further information regarding this spectacular event why not check out their website :

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Course date set for High Voltage Management

Posted: May 21, 2015


Where better to complete your training than at NMCI, 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, June 15th – 19th.


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 June 15th 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. Please also mention in your email how you found out about our course offering.

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Seafarers Awareness Week 2015



The NMCI Services division will be taking part in a “Seafarers Awareness week” which is due to take place from June 20th to 28th 2015. This year Seafarers Awareness Week is highlighting ‘Opportunities to Work at Sea’, promoting education, training and recruitment services leading to employment in the Maritime Sector / Merchant Navy – inc. container and other cargo vessels, fuel tankers, cruise ships, ferries, superyachts and workboats.


As part of this week long event we will be running some events at the National Maritime College of Ireland. One of the events which we will be running is “The Importance of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment)”.

Another element is “Day of the seafarer”. This year the International Maritime Organization is shifting its focus to maritime education. They want people to consider a career at sea. Most people go to work in offices, factories and shops. But it’s a different picture for seafarers: an office can be a hundred thousand-ton oil tanker or a cargo ship navigating the world’s oceans with beautiful landscapes.

This year’s Day of the Seafarer campaign will show how the multi-faceted maritime world offers a series of rich and fulfilling career opportunities for young people, both at sea and ashore. We are looking for companies to come on board and take part in a seminar at the NMCI which will see companies discuss opportunities at sea for people who are looking to access the maritime sector.

If you would be interested in partaking this event then contact our marketing team today by emailing:


If you would be interested in attending any of these events then keep an eye out on our blog for registration in the coming days, or click on the link below to see how you can get involved.

Seafarers Awareness Week


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NMCI: A maritime centre of excellence



The National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) is the first third level institution of its kind in Ireland and provides training and education for the Merchant Marine and the non-military needs of the Irish Naval Service (INS). With an original investment of €60 million, the NMCI provides education services of the highest quality using state of the art equipment and facilities. Specialist spaces including survival facilities, seamanship and shipwrights’ workshops, firefighting/damage control units, jetty and lifeboat facilities and engine room are provided. The college also provides specialised simulation equipment in the areas of navigation, bridge training, communications, engineering machinery operations, liquid cargo handling/damage control and vessel traffic systems.

The NMCI offers degree courses in Nautical Science, Beng in Marine Engineering and Beng in ElectroTechnology.  It also offers a Certificate in Navigational Studies (Seamanship) which would suit school leavers and those with experience of working aboard merchant ships or fishing vessels. Professional seafarers seeking further training are also catered for with short courses and preparatory courses for the Certificates of Competency through the commercial division of the college.


What makes the NMCI a global leader? With 3 joint ventures under their belt to date the NMCI is leading maritime excellence on a global scale. Joining forces with GAC (GTSS) SEFtec (SNO) and Port of Cork has strengthened the NMCI’s position as global leaders in the maritime sector.  By forming a strategic partnership with Ireland’s most progressive multi modal deep sea port, NMCI Services gains industry credibility in the delivery of modern courses for the maritime, and in particular the port industry, by drawing upon serving pilots and shore professionals from the Port of Cork.

Offering an exciting, fresh approach, with access to the best training facilities in Europe, GTSS delivers high quality niche training both at the NMCI and abroad, in areas such as the Philippines and the United Arab Emirates. In-depth industry knowledge enables GTSS to develop courses that are tailored to client’s specific requirements.

Encompassing the expertise of SEFtec & the NMCI, SNO have increased their target audience to encompass Europe, Asia and the USA, thus filling a global niche for offshore training.  This year, 2015, saw the new edition of an offshore training centre in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria where the SNO Consultancy team worked with Grupo Stier to open the first offshore training centre on the Island. Head of NMCI & Managing Director  for SNO Conor Mowlds said “This project is one of the most exciting we have been involved in, the professionalism and focus of the Grupo Stier Team is truly impressive and the location of the Training Centre is unequalled. We have committed the full resources and expertise of the NMCI in support of this fantastic initiative and we are proud to be associated with both Grupo Stier and the Canary Islands”.


Not only have SNO worked in the Canary Islands but to date consultancy has brought them to Tawazun, Angola, Gran Canaria and Bahrain. The future looks bright as they plan to further expand their reach by developing more training centres across the globe. These planned developments will strengthen the SNO brand worldwide and drive awareness for the Irish Maritime sector abroad.


The NMCI is also home to the “Halpin – Centre for Research and Innovation”. For a full low down on the great work of the Halpin Research & Innovation centre then check out this article.

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Cruise Companies choose Cork

Posted: May 20, 2015


The summer of 2015 is one of great importance for the Port of Cork. With several Cruise Ships set to dock in our harbour, whether it be at the deep water berth in Ringaskiddy or at the dedicated cruise berth in Cobh, it looks like this summer will see Cork become the  tourist destination of choice for many cruise passengers. Most recently the MSC Splendida stopped in the dedicated cruise berth in Cobh on Tuesday May 12th.

Before entering Dublin Port, which has 300m operational limit on ship length, MSC Splendida’s captain flew from Italy to Cork to practice the navigation on our  high-tech bridge simulator at the National Maritime College of Ireland. The MSC Splendida had previously cruised into the history books with the arrival of the 333m long MSC Splendida cruise liner, the longest ship to ever call at Dublin Port.

She is one of 83 cruise calls confirmed for Dublin Port this year, which will see a total of 140,000 passengers arriving to sample the sights of Dublin. The MSC Cruises ship built in 2009 has 4,600 passengers and crew that were greeted  by a Celtic-inspired welcome on the quayside. This featured a live ceili band, Irish drummers, dancers and entertainment before passengers departed for the city’s shops and attractions.

We can’t just let Dublin have all the credit though, Port of Cork is set to welcome a staggering 43 cruise ships by the end of October. Cruise companies are acknowledging the value of Port of Cork and what Cork has to offer its passengers.

With the proposed future development plans for the Port of Cork we are sure to see this figure increase in the coming years. For the full schedule why not check out the Port of Cork website here.

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We are delighted to announce that the NMCI in association with Cork Education Training Board will be holding a presentation on the next ”Access to Offshore” course this Friday (May 22nd) in the NMCI at 11am. Those interested in attending should contact Brian Kelly from the CETB for further information. Brian can be contacted via: 021 485 6379 / 

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Marine Institute Graduate Vacancies

Posted: May 15, 2015


The Marine Institute currently have two vacancies for graduates available. Check out the job spec’s below;

IMDO Marketing Stagiaire Job Description May 2015

Chemistry admin Stagiaire Job Spec. May 2015



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Looking for a job?

Posted: May 13, 2015


There is an urgent requirement for an AB to join a Scientific Research Vessel on the 20th May until the 19th June.

Please only apply if you are available on this date and have the following certificates that you can send to James: ENG1 , STCW basic safety training (Fire fighting, Personal survival techniques, Personal safety & social responsibility, Elementary first aid) Passport , Discharge book,  AB Certificate, Navigation Watch Certificate,  STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats.

Please send certificates and CV to  (Salary is £22639)

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Enclosed spaces safety drive call

Posted: May 12, 2015

Union asks UK government to lead new efforts to cut “appalling” death toll

Nautilus International is calling for the UK to lead a new and concerted drive to end the appalling litany of seafarer fatalities in enclosed spaces. You may remember we did a blog on this a few weeks ago. It can be found by clicking here.

The Union has written to shipping minister |John Hayes following an incident in which two seafarers died in a cargo hold of the Carisbrooke shipping general cargo vessel Sally Ann C in March.

Investigations into the incident – which took place off the coast of West Africa- are underway, but it is known that the chief office and chief engineer died after entering a hold where timber was stowed and the second officer had to be rescued after losing consciousness when he went to the aid of his colleagues.

In a letter to the minister, Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson said the case followed a ‘very familiar pattern of one crew member collapsing in an oxygen deficient area, and two more being overcome after entering the space without personal protection equipment in an attempt to rescue their colleagues’.

Mr Dickson said there is evidence to show that more seafarers die or are injured in enclosed spaces than through any other on board work activity.

‘Changes in ship design and operation, the nature of cargoes, the increasing amounts of chemicals being carried, along with reduced manning levels and radical changes in crewing practices are all factors which have driven the increase in such accidents’ he added. 


He warned the minister that simply continuing to warn seafarers of the dangers is not sufficient, and he urged the UK to lead European and international efforts to develop fresh approaches to the issue.

Nautilus says mandatory training requirements are needed and IMO rules should ensure that all ships are equipped with oxygen to ensure crew can test the atmosphere in enclosed spaces.

‘Better consideration should be given during the design and build stages to address some of the inherent risks – and the arrangements for rescue in particular’ Mr Dickson added. ‘We believe that requirements for oxygen meters to be positioned at the entrance to enclosed spaces would reinforce to seafarers the potential risks that they face, as well as providing ready access to information about the state of such spaces’.


The Union is also calling for improvements to secure a much better standard of risk assessments – moving away from a generic assessment to one that addresses particular hazards or design features associated with each individual enclosed space.

‘The tragic accidents in the enclosed spaces have resulted in a spate of investigation reports and resulting recommendations, as well as a steady flow of material to reinforce the precautions that should be taken’ Mr Dickinson told the minister. ‘However, the continued death toll should surely tell us that something is wrong with this approach. I hope you can support our aim to deliver innovative thinking to address the situation and to find improved ways of tackling some of the fundamental problems. We really cannot afford to continue witnessing the shocking  scale of fatalities that blight the industry’.

Three dock workers died in the Belgian port of Antwerp last month after entering the hold of a Hong Kong flagged general cargo ship to unload coal.

International Transport Workers’ Federation president Paddy Crumlin commented “Antwerp is a port where health and safety is taken very seriously, and, like the three men’s trade unions, we are confident that a full investigation will take place into what happened and how any resulting lessons can be implemented”.

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