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National Maritime College of Ireland,
Co. Cork,

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Seafarers Awareness Week 2015

Posted: May 21, 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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Nautical Institute Ireland Branch Meeting

Posted: April 23, 2015


We are delighted to inform you that the Nautical Institute Ireland Branch Meeting will be taking place here at the National Maritime College of Ireland on Wednesday the 29th April 2015. The branch meeting will run from 1900hrs- 2000hrs   


Human Element Presentation by:



Further details available here:


The notice for the AGM can be found by clicking on this link: Branch AGM Notice 2015

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Entry deadline extended for Maritime Industry Awards 2015

Posted: April 16, 2015

Click on this link here to open the following post in your browser : Maritime Awards 2015.





There is Still Time to Enter .Deadline Extended to Thursday 23rd April


April 16th, 2015




There have been high levels of interest in the Maritime Industry Awards, we have therefore decided to extend the deadline to Thursday 23rd April. This means you now have more time to fully perfect your entry, with the awards taking place on 18th June at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin 4.It could be your year! Don’t let competitors walk away with your award.Taking place under the patronage of the National Maritime College of Ireland, the awards promise to be the premier event in the maritime calendar, recognising and celebrating the companies and individuals demonstrating excellence, innovation and originality across the maritime sector, including: 

Manufacturing | Port Operations | Logistics | Commercial Excellence | Innovation | Tourism & Leisure | Sustainability | Aquaculture | Education & Training and many more!


Want an idea of what to expect? Click here for some videos and photos from our other award shows, including the Irish Logistics & Transport Awards and Aviation Industry Awards.

What are you waiting for? There is no charge to enter so you have nothing to lose!


Why You Should Enter The Awards:

  1. Win new business – being a finalist certifies excellence and proves to clients that you are an industry leader.
  2. National exposure – let the industry know who’s top of their game. Shortlisted entrants and winners will have their profiles raised and will receive national coverage in the Irish Independent. Winners will also be part of the picture editorial in the Irish Independent.
  3. Get your work in front of top industry names, including our judges who are made up of the industry’s most influential thinkers and doers.
  4. Network – make valuable contacts and network with other industry professionals and colleagues new and old.






.  Sponsoring The Awards 

We are delighted to welcome on board Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) as sponsors to this year’s awards. BIM, the Seafood Development Agency, provides a range of development, training, business and innovation services to the industry.


Have you thought about being a sponsor? Sponsorship has been proven over the years to help companies meet their business objectives in developing business contacts, brand visibility and strong market position. The awards program opens doors for all types of companies and can ultimately win you new business. Click here for more information.


There are options for all budgets, so to find out more about sponsoring the Maritime Industry Awards, please contact Kevin O’Driscoll on 01 407 0594 or email Kevin at




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STCW Refresher News

Posted: April 10, 2015


Progress Update


We currently await approval from the IMA on our STCW  Refresher suite of courses and will keep you updated on the progress of our submission. Watch this space. 
New Legislative Requirements

In conforming to the provisions of STCW Convention Regulation 1/14, and section A-1/14, of the STCW Code, companies must ensure that seafarers assigned to any of their ships have received refresher and updating training as required by the convention.

If a member of your team is serving on board a ship and is qualified in any of the following, they must, as of the 1st of January 2017, have documentary evidence of either having completed the training course or updated their training within the last 5 years.

The 2010 Manila Amendments to the STCW Code introduced new requirements for seafarers to hold the following certificates of proficiency:

  • Personal Survival Techniques (STCW Table A-VI/1-1)
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (STCW Table A-VI/1-2)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats Other Than Fast Rescue Boats (STCW Table A-VI/2-1)
  • Proficiency in Fast Rescue Boats (STCW Table A-VI/2-2)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (STCW Table A-VI/3)



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MCA acceptance of NMCI High Voltage Certificate

Posted: March 30, 2015


We are delighted to announce that for the purpose of issuing and revalidating a UK Certificate of Competency the MCA will accept High Voltage Management Certificates issued by the National Maritime College of Ireland under the authority the Irish Maritime Administration (IMA). Further Course Information here.



High Voltage STCW

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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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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:




360° full-mission bridge simulator 270° full-mission bridge simulator




• 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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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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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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Why delegates choose NMCI Services

Posted: February 17, 2015


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)


Personal Survival Techniques

“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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