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One Year later- An NMCI Services timeline of events to ensure essential training continued.

Posted: March 25, 2021

“To reach a port, we must set sail.

Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.”

– Franklin D Roosevelt

 

“Virus now of international concern”- WHO” – The Irish Times

UK warns against mass panic as race to halt outbreak intensifies” – The Guardian

Crews marooned at sea” – The New York Times.

These were the viral headlines grabbing our attention around the globe in early 2020.

NMCI Services had wasted no time preparing. Throughout February 2020 we implemented the first of our enhanced infection control procedures with a particular focus on COVID-19.

We had real time data from our extensive network of international clients on the seriousness of COVID-19. Additionally we had staff operating overseas that were providing updates.

On March 11th 2020 the World Health Organization characterized COVID-19 as a pandemic.

On March 12th 2020 we safely brought home our staff from overseas.

That same day the Government announced the closure of all schools, colleges and childcare facilities until March 29th 2020.

We had until 6pm.

Staff, varying in all levels of digital knowledge, were within four hours oracles on OneDrive, Teams, Zoom and Skype (an achievement in itself).

The 29th of March came and went.

The team carried on with our reopening preps, updating and strengthening our procedures and risk assessments as Government Guidance and advice evolved.

We were ready, the “new normal” was now routine.

Ready, waiting and keenly aware that throughout the pandemic our trainees had to keep the ships at sea, energy flowing whether oil and gas or renewables and our emergency services were on duty throughout. We positioned ourselves so their essential training requirements could be met safely and without further delay.

Summer 2020 saw case numbers decrease, lockdown restrictions eased somewhat and life beginning to cautiously resume once again.

On August 31st the NMCI’s commercial division reopened, under strict safety protocols and with reduced class sizes we resumed essential training.

The new normal

one way pedestrian system at the NMCI

NMCI Services had set sail and was safely navigating through the new normal.

Jim Morrissey, a NMCI Services trainer, explains how the team worked together to ensure the safety of all students, delegates and staff within NMCI Services.

“At the start of COVID-19 we really had to learn quickly as the situation and restrictions/safeguards were changing daily. We were required to put procedures in place which were robust enough to protect students, delegates and staff. It was difficult at the start as nobody had experienced anything like this before, but we coped well and adapted our safe operating procedures to comply with public health guidelines.”

NMCI Instructors

Malcolm Meade, SEFtec NMCI Offshore Instructor, explains how workforce safety was a priority for the team:

 “When the college shut down in March of last year not only did it effect my colleagues and I, it also effected the essential workers we provide courses for. It also meant that some workers for the  energy sector were unable to refresh the safety training required for employment both nationally and internationally.

It was clear from the start we had to find a way to provide these courses to accommodate the workforce.

There was a phenomenal behind the scenes effort made by all of our staff during the first lock down and after, to ensure before, during and after every course the safety of the instructors and delegates were of paramount importance.

I believe these are trying times for all and we all have a part to play in overcoming this pandemic. A safe working space allows us and our clients to remain safe while providing a necessary service to the renewable energy sector.”

NMCI Instructors in a boat

New protocols involved temperature checks and completing COVID-19 health declarations forms on arrival, placing hand sanitising stations in all areas, introducing a one way pedestrian system in our corridors, limiting class sizes and contact time, and completing contract tracing forms for not only staff and delegates but on equipment used by all, to name a few.

The following message was received after a recent March 2021 FOET course:

“I want to thank you and the team for your excellent support in getting me though the FOET course yesterday. I thought it was a really professional teamwork effort from all of you at NMCI. I was really impressed. Well done on your covid-19 process too. Thank you especially for your admin support in the planning and execution stages. It was also nice to get out and meet people again.”

NMCI Reception with COVID 19 signage

What hasn’t changed?

While there is enormous focus placed on adhering to COVID-19 safety procedures, it is important to note that the attention given to each individual delegate has not changed. Timothy O’Riordan recently completed his FOET and sent the following message afterwards;

“I am writing this email to say a huge thank you and to express my gratitude to all involved.

As I am totally not comfortable under water, I was dreading the day that I would have to renew my certificate. Four years ago I also struggled with the underwater part but Cillian and the other divers coaxed me through it step by step. I think this time around was even worse for me as I was constantly thinking about what was to come but again I was coaxed through it and thankfully I completed it and survived !

I don’t think there is another training centre that would have as much patience and give as much support to a candidate such as myself and I really appreciate the time that was given to me.”

FOET course

Attending a course with NMCI Services soon?

If you are attending a course with NMCI Services and have some questions, do contact our team in advance. We will be happy to discuss your training with you.

Our “COVID-19 NMCI Video” will give you an insight into what a typical day of training at the NMCI looks like at present.

Take the time to watch this video in advance of your arrival to ensure you know what to expect.

Train with confidence with NMCI Services.

 

 

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Level Three Update for Delegates

Posted: October 6, 2020

As of midnight tonight, October 6th, all counties in the ROI will be placed on Level 3 under the Plan for Living with COVID-19.

 

NMCI Services & SEFtec NMCI Offshore will remain open for educational training.

 

The courses we deliver are mandated for keyworkers within various maritime sectors.

 

These are our STCW courses, which are mandated by the International Maritime Organisation and accredited by the Marine Surveyors Office and our OPITO courses, mandated by the oil and gas operators for safe transit to and from offshore installations.

 

We will continue to offer these essential courses with our current COVID-19 safeguards in place in order to assist the supply chain to continue to function.

 

We will continue to advise our customers if there are any changes to certification because of enforced restrictions. Please check our social media channels (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and this Blog) for all updates. Use @NMCIServices to find us on all social media channels or click the links provided.

 

We shall work with all our customers to ensure they are both certified and safe whilst at the NMCI.

 

Our NMCI Services Admin team are working extremely hard to answer all questions you may have. Please email services@nmci.ie or call +353 (0)21 433 5609 to speak with our team. Course bookings can still be made online. Due to the large volume of emails and calls we are currently receiving, we would encourage customers to book online where possible.

 

In addition, please watch this video to view the COVID-19 safety measures we have implemented to protect you, your family, fellow students and staff.

 

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OPITO Certificate Extension Policy Update.

Posted: May 23, 2020

OPITO Certificate Extension Policy Update for Oil & Gas Industry. 

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With immediate effect, candidates who have already received a certificate extension, and continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, may apply for a further two-month extension.

We advise visiting the OPITO website for further information.

 

Fire fighting

Before booking your OPITO approved Offshore Course on our website please email reception@nmci.ie to contact our admin team regarding your chosen training date.

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Offshore & Renewable Course Dates

Posted: January 17, 2020

SEFtec NMCI Offshore (SNO) Offshore & Renewable Course Dates 2020 are now available to download or book online.

If you’re preparing to work offshore in the oil & gas industry, or work in the renewable energy sector, then check out our OPITO & GWO approved courses here SEFtec NMCI Offshore Course Schedule 2020.

Whether you’re new to the industry or looking to update your training we have a comprehensive list of Offshore & Renewable Course Dates scheduled throughout 2020.

NMCI Fire Fighting Instructors

Contact our admin team if you wish to arrange a bespoke date for your company or group, or book one of our many scheduled course dates. We’re happy to provide quotes and availability upon request.

New to Cork? The National Maritime College of Ireland is located just a 20 minute drive from Cork International Airport, now with a Bus Service operating every 30 minutes to the NMCI via Carrigaline. If you require accommodation we are happy to provide you with a list of recommended local hotels and guesthouses nearby. If you’re looking for things to do in Cork, our team are always happy to suggest local attractions or provide you with a list of recommended places to visit. Just ask your instructor or any of the NMCI Services admin team you meet during registration.

 

Offshore Course- BOSIET

Have some questions? Why not call us on +353 21 4335609 or email services@nmci.ie and we’ll be happy to help.

We look forward to welcoming you to the NMCI this year to complete your safety training.

OPITO approved Courses include Basic Offshore Safety Induction & Emergency Training (BOSIET) with CA-EBS, Further Offshore Emergency Training (FOET) with Compressed Air Emergency Breathing Systems (CA-EBS) and Minimum Industry Safety Training (MIST).

GWO courses include, GWO Basic Safety Training Fire Awareness, GWO Basic Safety Training First Aid, GWO Basic Safety Training Manual Handling and GWO Basic Safety Training Sea Survival and Transfer.

 

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Medical Update from OPITO regarding BOSIET/HUET/FOET with CA-EBS

Posted: August 16, 2018

Good news for those holding seafarer’s medicals. These can now be used when undertaking OPITO BOSIET/HUET/FOET with CA-EBS.

An additional HSE exemption has been granted to enable those workers who hold an ENG1 medical certificate of fitness to undertake the same in-water offshore survival training as those holding an Oil and Gas UK certificate of medical fitness for offshore work

This means that delegates will be required to produce one of the three certificates outlined below:-

  1. Produce a valid, unexpired Oil and Gas UK (OGUK) offshore medical certificate confirming the delegate’s fitness for offshore work.

OR

  1. A valid, unexpired, medical certificate of fitness to work at sea.

OR

  1. A valid, unexpired offshore medical certificate issued by a body outside of the UK which is recognised as equivalent to the OGUK medical certificate of fitness for offshore work.

In addition to the above the delegate will be required to produce:-

A certificate of fitness to undertake shallow water CA-EBS training issued by a registered OGUK examining doctor.

OR

In the case of a Seafarers Medical with restrictions, produce a statement from an appropriate registered practitioner that the restriction or condition does not result from a respiratory or ENT condition and there is no absolute contraindication to the shallow water delegate’s participation in the training.

AND

On the date on which the delegate is to undertake shallow water CA-EBS training, and prior to entering the water in which the training takes place, the delegate gives to the OPITO-approved Centre a statement, that to the best of the delegate’s knowledge and belief, the delegate has no (current or past) medical condition which makes the delegate unfit to participate in the training.

For any queries please contact Gillian or Chloe on + 353 21 4335609

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