Magsaysay Maritime Corporation received the award for training investments in the last year, with a key highlight the inauguration of the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) in the Philippines aimed at providing students with real-life working environments and knowledge meeting the demands of the changing maritime industry. Other short-listed nominees for this category were: DNV GL, Frederic University and Kongsberg.

 Presenting the award Mr.Dimitrios K. Alexopoulos, Managing Director, Orpheus Marine Transport Corporation, saidThe demands on crew, in every respect, are growing year on year and without high-quality, progressive institutions to train and provide such personnel our industry would suffer. The two biggest challenges faced by our industry are sufficient supply of officers to keep up with the ever-expanding global fleet and the proper training of those officers to keep up with the continued advancements in on board technology. Magsaysay People is one of the biggest and most progressive manning agencies with headquarters in the Philippines. With the opening of the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy, the maritime professionals of the future will be ready to anticipate all challenges ahead.

Accepting the award on behalf of Magsaysay Maritime Corporation, Mr. Marlon R. Roño, Executive Chairman and President, stated For over 30 years, Magsaysay People Resources Corp (MPRC) programs and services have focused on the globalized labor of the maritime industry allowing seafarers to re-skill, take on quality jobs, and enhance their employability as trade becomes more globally integrated and complex. In 2017-2018, MPRC invested USD 53M in programs, facilities, and technology for the use of its People to serve the global maritime industry. These investments have contributed to increase in profitability number of manned ships and seafarer employment. The company’s training arms include Magsaysay Learning Resources, Inc. (MLRI), Magsaysay Institute of Shipping (MIS), MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) and Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA).

 The MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy Inc (MMMA) is located in Salitran, Dasmariñas City, the Philippines. It is a joint project with Magsaysay Maritime Corporation (MMC) and Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd (MOL), after acquiring official approval from the Philippine government's Commission on Higher Education (CHED). An inauguration ceremony for the academy took place in Sep 2018, with guests from Philippine government agencies. "MMMA symbolizes the strong ties linking Japan and the Philippines’", MOL President & CEO Ikeda stated.  The art-of-state facility imitates not only ship's exterior, but also its layout of the practice facilities inside the building, as realistic as possible! MMMA held an entrance ceremony with about 300 students and their families on July 23, and classes began on August 6, 2018. By establishing this maritime academy in the Philippines, MOL aims to ensure the ongoing recruitment and training of high-quality seafarers. Magsaysay Maritime Corporation aspires the MMMA to become the No.1 maritime academy in the Asia-Oceania region and develop the maritime professionals of the future.

Magsaysay Maritime Corporation attracted the most votes by the end of the voting period which held online during a two-month period. SMART4SEA Awards are held annually within the scope of awarding industry’s outstanding practices for e-navigation, connectivity, energy efficiency, cyber security, training and smart shipping technology. Other winners of the 2019 SMART4SEA Awards are: NAVTOR for the e-Navigation Award, Marlink for the Connectivity Award, d’Amico for the Energy Efficiency Award, ABS for the Cyber Security Award, StealthGas for the Technology Award, Mr. Peter Broadhurst, Inmarsat for the Personality Award and Mr. Mark O’Neil for the Leadership Award.

Find photos from the awards ceremony at Flickr and explore more about the nomination & voting procedure and the winners of 2019 SMART4SEA Awards at https://events.safety4sea.com/2019-smart4sea-awards/