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GTSS celebrates 10 years in business!

Posted: February 20, 2020

GTSS team members in a life raft

Our history

GAC Training & Service Solutions Limited (GTSS) was launched in February 2010, aiming to provide cost saving and innovative training solutions for the LNG industry and other maritime sectors. GTSS combines GAC’s global reach, over sixty years of maritime expertise and powerful branding with the National Maritime College of Ireland’s (NMCI) skilled lecturers and instructors.

 

GAC’s business philosophy is about people, and long-term relationships with them. GAC value all people, whether they are a customer, a potential client, a partner, a supplier or one of their 9,000 employees in fifty countries around the globe.

 

Together, both companies recognise that optimally trained staff can crucially reduce physical, environmental and financial risks. GTSS offers a comprehensive range of courses and services, catering to the growing needs of the maritime industry. Visit https://www.nmci.ie/index.cfm/page/gtss to see a full list of courses.

GAC and Irish Flag flying outside the NMCI

 

A new era in bespoke training

2014 was the beginning of a new exciting era for GTSS when the company was awarded, what was then a four-year, training contract with an oil major. This was the single largest maritime training contract in the history of the Irish state and training continues to this day.

 

Our client made the decision to focus on the value added training of its ship’s officers to further increase efficiencies and most importantly safety throughout its fleet and met with several colleges

around the world for this purpose. At the end of the process the client choose GTSS as its preferred training partner due in part to the college’s modern physical facilities, favourable location and in part to the NMCI’s unique commercial experience, ethos and structures.

 

GAC played an important part in the decision process as they already had a long established global contract with the client for shipping services.

 

At the time of the signing of the contract Minister Richard Bruton, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and

Innovation was quoted as saying;

 

“Here is an Irish organisation, winning deals with a major US company, increasing its export sales and ultimately creating jobs in Ireland. I wish both parties every success with this project”.

 

Customer focus

We recognise that our clients’ needs are not all the same and therefore our bespoke training reflects this. Our team have travelled to meet with clients from all industry areas, ranging from cruise

companies, and oil majors to superyachts management companies to discuss exactly what their training requirements are and where their preferred training locations are based.

 

Specialist training by experienced maritime professionals is fundamental to realising profitable efficiencies and minimising environmental and financial risks, both onshore and shipside. GTSS continues to provide innovative and cost saving training solutions to the maritime industry.

 

GTSS course developers and lecturers have unrivalled knowledge in military training, oil and gas, logistics, chartering, trading, ship operating, shipbroking and navigation. We have invested in building a focused team of highly qualified maritime and operational professionals to ensure the clients we collaborate with receive specialised training of the highest standards.

SRS course delegates and instructor in the simulator at the NMCI

Teekay GAS training at the NMCI

 

 

The future

It has been an exciting ten years for GTSS. We will continue to provide niche, high value and technologically advanced training courses, while empowering professionals, in the Maritime, Transport & Commodity Sectors for many years to come.

 

James O’Byrne, Managing Director of GTSS said,“10 years of GTSS in business is a proud moment for us. Not only does it signal 10 years of continuous success and loyalty, more importantly, it signals 10 years of providing vital training to the maritime industry. Thousands of seafarers have attended our courses and we have influenced their decisions and cultures onboard. We like to think that the industry is a safer place for our training. This is what makes us proud. We shall continue to grow and share our message across all sectors of our industry and make the world a safer and kinder place.”

GTSS Team with Balloons

For more information on GTSS courses please visit https://www.nmci.ie/index.cfm/page/gtss

For more information on GAC please visit https://www.gac.com/

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NMCI Maritime Careers Event and Open Day; Thursday 7th Nov 2019

Posted: October 29, 2019

Are you interested in a career at sea? If your answer is yes… then read on!

The annual Maritime Careers Event and Open Day will take place at the National Maritime College of Ireland (NMCI) on Thursday, 7th November 2019 from 10:00 to 15:00.

NMCI Annual Maritime Careers & Open Day 2019

 

Representatives from international shipping companies and maritime organisations will be available to provide information about careers in the maritime industry.

Throughout the day there will be:

  • Tours of the state of the art training facilities at the college.
  • An events’ hall to visit international maritime companies and organisations.
  • Presentations for schools and students on course opportunities at the NMCI.

 

For enquiries and group bookings please telephone:  021-4335607.

E-mail:  admissions@nmci.ie

National Maritime College of Ireland, Ringaskiddy, Co Cork.

We look forward to seeing you on the 7th!

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A Message From The Head of College, Conor Mowlds

Posted: April 26, 2016

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The Marine Industry Awards 2016, in association with SeaFest, take place in the Radisson Blu Galway, on Thursday 30th June. The event promises to bring together all sub-sectors of the industry in Ireland, and highlight their important contribution to the Irish economy. The National Maritime College of Ireland are the proud patron of the event, and I encourage every one of you to enter and showcase your role.

 

Entering the awards is free and brings with it some fantastic PR opportunities.

 

  1. Benefits of entering include

 

  1. All finalists will be featured in the Sunday Business Post, while winners will have their photos published in a special post-awards report. There is also coverage on social media and local press.

 

  1. All finalists receive a special logo to use on promotional material.

 

  1. By winning you position yourself as a leader of the industry in Ireland.

 

  1. By entering you will get to work in front of key industry influencers that make up the judging panel.

 

  1. The awards night offers the opportunity to network with professionals from across the industry.

 

  1. Give your employees the recognition they deserve, and attract top recruits.

 

 

Entering is free and very easy, just visit http://www.marineawards.ie/enter-online.php, just visit or call Tommy on 01 524 2383 and he’ll be happy to help you. Don’t miss out on this amazing PR opportunity.

 

As an NMCI client you are also entitled to a special extended entries deadline of Friday 29th April at 17:00.

 

Best of luck, and I hope to see many of you there on the night.

 

Kind regards,

 

Conor Mowlds

Head of the National Maritime College of Ireland

 

 

Check out The Maritime Industry Awards 2015

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Strong Growth for Irish Ports

Posted: April 18, 2016

The iShip Index

The iShip index is a method used to measure the volume of traffic which travels through Irish ports. It has shown a positive increase in all major traffic modes such a Bulk traffic, LoLo traffic and RoRo traffic in recent years.

 

Traffic Volume

According to “The Irish Maritime Development Offices” latest newsletter the total volume of traffic moving through mostly Dublin, Cork and Waterford ports has reached its highest in 2015 with 997 punts on the iShip  index since 2008. Although this is lower than the peak year in 2007 (1,042 points) it represents substantial growth since the economic crisis (2009 which was a low 693 points).

 

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These figures are evidence of the success of 2015 in the maritime industry. Exports in merchandise grew by 20% while imports increased by 20%. This puts an expectation of further growth in 2016 of 6.5% and again in 2017 of a furthur 4.4%.

 

Tourism

Tourism is vital to Irish ports. Figures from 2015 have shown 4.4 million tourists passed through Irish ports using ferry services which connected them to Britian and France. Cruise liners also brought over 450,00 tourists to Irish ports in the last year, which is an increase of 3% since 2014.

 

Image result for port of cork cruise and ferry

 

The Future of Irish Poets

Irish ports play a substantial role to forecasting possible growth in the Irish economy in the coming years. Director “Liam Lacey” of the “The Irish Maritime Development Office” has stated that “it is important to address the need for additional capacity. Ambitious development plans, capable of meeting the growing needs of the of the National economy, have been progressed by Dublin, Cork and Shannon Foynes and will be brought to fruition over the next five years.” Such plans are sure to increase international trade and lead to job creation for the Irish Port and Maritime industry.

 

 

To Read More about the Growth check out The Irish Maritime Development Offices latest newsletter

Irish Maritime Transport Economist reports strong growth for traffic modes through Irish ports

 

 

 

 

 

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