MPABD marks milestone with exhibition, forum

Danial Norjidi

The Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) marked a significant milestone with the launching of an exhibition and forum in conjunction with World Maritime Day 2019 at The Rizqun International Hotel yesterday.

The opening of the event saw welcoming remarks delivered by Chief Executive of MPABD Haji Salihin bin Haji Aspar.

Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof attended as the guest of honour and delivered a keynote address.

The event also saw the guest of honour presenting the Officer of Engineering Watch (OEW) certificates to Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) cadets – Mohammed Nurdinna Izhharuddin bin Haji Safudin, Hajah Siti Husniyah binti Haji Awang, Abdul Azim bin Mohammed Asli, Mohamad Nazri bin Ramli, Muhammad Izzat Hamizan bin Haji Abdul Rahim, Muhammad Waddud Mu’iezzaddin bin Dua, Nursyarifah binti Haji Sabtu and Rammanie Lanting.

The training included two years’ institution-based education at the BMA and 12 months of structured seagoing service training which was carried out on board a ship.

The cadets are awarded with a Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 5) upon completion of the three-year programme. Subsequent to the award of diploma, the cadets attended a six-month preparatory course at the BMA and written/oral examinations with the MPABD. Successful candidates are then awarded with CoC OEW (Certificate of Competency Officer Engineering Watch) in accordance with the relevant Standards, Training and Certification of Watch-keeping Convention (STCW).

ABOVE & BELOW: Minister of Transport and Infocommunications Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof presents the Officer of Engineering Watch (OEW) certificates to Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) cadets; and the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications launches the exhibition. PHOTOS: DANIAL NORJIDI/ SIM YH

The CoC OEW entitles the marine engineer to sail at the Operational Level and his/her responsibilities include safe and economical operation of the shipboard machineries and equipment and protection of the marine environment in addition to emergency response duties. The validity period of the CoC is five years which is renewable subject to fulfilling certain condition as per STCW requirements.

A forum entitled ‘Women in Maritime Leadership: Influencing Maritime Safety’ then ensued, featuring a discussion among maritime leaders, including People Manager at Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd Rafidah binti Rambli; Director of the International Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Angela Png; and Asia Pacific Regional Manager of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST) Andrew Wong.

The event also saw the minister launching the World Maritime Day exhibition organised by the MPABD, which is being held at the Rizqun Coffee House, Gadong, from October 29-30.

The line-up of exhibitors includes the MPABD; Survey Department (Ministry of Development); Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd; Brunei Maritime Academy; Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd; and Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd.

World Maritime Day is observed on the last Thursday of September every year to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world especially shipping.

World Maritime Day’s main aim is to focus on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and marine environment and also to emphasise a particular aspect of the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) work.

Each year has its own world maritime theme, which will steer maritime related events and activities throughout the year.

This year, World Maritime Day was observed on September 26, and carries the theme, ‘Empowering Women in the Maritime Community’. The theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the contribution of women within the maritime sector.