MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy (MMMA) is a non-profit joint venture that brings together one of the world's largest shipowners MOL and the biggest crewing agent Magsaysay that aims to provide maritime students with real-life working environments.
The 13.7-hectare facility which houses a ship-in campus, student complex, academic building, and a student dormitory.
MOL President, Junichiro Ikeda and Magsaysay Group ceo Doris Magsaysay Ho led the inauguration ceremony on Wednesday with the ceremony officiated by Arthur Tugade, Philippines Secretary of the Department of Transportation, and the Ship-in Campus was officially named by Senator Grace Poe.
The Ship-in-Campus was named the Spirit of MMMA and is a five-storey facility that houses Kongsberg full and mini mission bridge simulators, engine simulators, a 2-stroke main engine, generator, deck and engine workshop, mooring and windlass machine and Olympic-size swimming pool.
“We anticipate that the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy will make a substantial contribution to our future seafarer needs and help support further development and growth in the shipping industry. Filipino seafarers have long played a critical part in worldwide vessel operations,” said MOL's Ikeda.
“It is our intention that the MOL Magsaysay Maritime Academy will not only serve as an educational institution but also act as a springboard for those seeking a long and fulfilling career in a challenging industry.”
The academy will be able to train 350 students a year with the first batch ready for cadetship in 2021. Half the cadets will serve on MOL vessels, while the other half will serve on ships from principals of Magsaysay.
“We owe it to the seafarers and their families to protect the standards, credibility and reputation of the Philippines’ seafarer brand. The establishment of and investment in this Academy is our commitment to contribute to this goal,” said Magsaysay Ho.
The academy will offer Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation leading to a profession as a Marine Deck Officer to Master and a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering leading to a profession as a Marine Engineer to Chief Engineer.