Seagull Maritime is the first overseas company to receive training centre approval from the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA). It is the first approval of this type since the PMA's change of leadership in 2014.
The process of approval involved a two-day inspection of Seagull Maritime’s Horten, Norway facilities by a trio of PMA staff.
“We are the first training centre in the world to be audited and approved by the new administration of PMA outside of Panama, as part of an exhaustive review by the Flag State demanding the attention of six Seagull Maritime staff,” explained Torger Tau, manager of training courses at Seagull Maritime AS.
The audit confirms the alignment of Seagull's complete onboard training programme with IMO Model Courses, and allows the company to teach training courses on PMA’s behalf in line with the lnternational Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping.
“In most cases Flag States review individual courses, while their approval of the training centre itself is based on approvals we hold from the Norwegian Maritime Authority,” commented Tau. “Separate approval from Panama - the largest ship registry in the world, with about 8,600 ships carrying its flag – included a request to verify our own record-keeping on seafarer data. Our archive was interrogated at random down to the level of single seafarer records, while PMA required a briefing on our training methods.
“PMA showed particular interest in our updated ship security computer-based training modules and the suite of products we have refined to reflect the demands of STCW. However, with more than 9,000 ships using the Seagull training solution onboard, this approval is of great significance for us and our customer base.”
During 2014 Seagull Maritime managed to break a company record by issuing over 14,000 certificates and course diplomas to seafarers to acknowledge the completion of the training specialist’s on-board courses.