Wednesday, 8 April 2009

Philippine President inaugurates maritime academy

PGMA inaugurates new P1-billion M.A.A.P. facility

MARIVELES, Bataan (PND)– President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today (Tuesday, April 7) flew to the sprawling campus here of the 11-year-old Maritime Academy of Asia and the Pacific (MAAP) to inaugurate its new P1-billion facility overlooking Corregidor.

Earlier in the day, the President led the 67th “Araw ng Kagitingan” commemoration ceremonies at Mt. Samat In Pilar, Bataan.

Upon arrival at the 82-hectare MAAP campus, the President was ushered to the front garden of the new building where she planted a tree to commemorate the inauguration of the spanking new complex.

Accompanied by the First Gentleman, the President then led the ribbon-cutting and marker-unveiling ceremonies before she was shown the newly-acquired $5-million state-of-the-art simulator which is the first of its kind in the Far East.

Retired Navy chief Vice Adm. Eduardo Ma. R. Santos, MAAP president, said it was First Gentleman Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo who laid the cornerstone for the new complex in January last year.

The President was met by Santos and Capt. Gregorio S. Oca, chairman of the MAAP, and by AJSU President Capt. Yoji Fujisawa and IMMAJ chair Tako Manji, among other MAAP leaders and partners.

The new P1-billion MAAP complex is the product of the partnership among MAAP, the All Japan Seamen´s Union (AJSU), the International Marine Management Association of Japan (IMMAJ), and the Associated Marine Officers and Seamen´s Union of the Philippines (AMOSUP).

Also in full force in the ribbon-cutting and marker-unveiling ceremonies were several ship owners of Japan who prefer the general all-around expertise of Filipino seamen and ship officers for their ships, according to the MAAP.

Also in the ceremonies were Presidential Assistant for Education Usec. Mona Valisno and Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairman Emmanuel Angeles, among other top government officials.

The MAAP said the P1-billion campus project consists of a fully equipped, self-sustained Academic building, a mess hall and a dormitory that can accommodate 1,000 midshipmen or cadets.

“This is designed to ensure a steady supply of competent, loyal and disciplined Marine Officers and Maritime Engineers to exclusively man the expanding Japanese Merchant Marine fleet,” according to MAAP.

The academy added that the academic building in the new complex “houses some 50 air-con classrooms (25 cadets per classroom), audio-visual room, library and study room, language laboratory, machine shop with 25 lathe machines, drill presses and grinders, welding ship with UNITOR electric, gas and plasma welding equipment.”

On the other hand, the MAAP’s new pride, the $5-million simulation center, “contains the most sophisticated, state-of-the-art, training equipment and laboratories.”

“The simulator creates a realistic, virtual reality (VR) and interactive environment in order to provide training and skills development without having to use real equipment or go to the actual site.

“The Center has Full Mission Navigational Bridge Simulator with 360º field of vision on a motion platform which is linked to the full mission engine simulator, a live Integrated Bridge System similar to what is actually installed aboard new ships, a Compact Shiphandling Simulator with Japanese ship models and port, three Type “B” Bridge Simulators with 120º field of vision and 25 entry-level desktop simulators.”

The MAAP added that the Navigation Simulator has life-like, interactive equipment found on a Ship´s Bridge or Navigation Station; and uses various ship models, including tankers, container ships, passenger liners and navy ships.

The MAAP Full Mission Bridge Simulator was made by Kongsberg Maritime Systems of Norway, one of the leading simulator manufacturers in the world.

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