We would very much appreciate to take note of our training purpose.
There are two sectors where our Centre activates:
Mandatory courses required by the International Conventions STCW and SOLAS such as Ro-Ro passenger, GMDSS, tanker safety, basic safety training etc.
Voluntary courses addressed to shore-based personnel and seafarers so that they become able to understand, be updated and successfully implement the IMO and other international and national requirements under the umbrella of ISM Code, the STCW Convention and MOU Port State Control.
To achieve our goals we are in contact and co-operation with State Authorities, International Institutions, Shipping Organisations etc. and we envision our services to be of the highest level.
P.M.T.C. is accredited by the Maritime Authorities of: Malta, Liberia, Marshall Islands, Cook Islands, Belize Saint Vincent, the Grenadines, which endorse our certificates or issue a state one, once P.M.T.C. certifies successful training attendance and exams.
Our center can serve:
- ships under any flag at any port
- foreign sailors, pensioners and empiric captains / engineers
- shore based personnel
A team comprising most experienced and dedicated maritime professionals – Coast Guard Officers, Extra Master/s, State School officers, lecturers and other specialists make the base of our teaching staff.
We have to stress that your acceptance and support are of great value to us, and we consider training as a common concern.
Needless to say that efforts for further improvement in training should never stop, if we are to maintain our foremost position as a maritime nation. Needless to say that we can effectively compete in the world market only if we are as good as our rivals or better.
An inefficient crew may result to damages, high maintenance cost, detentions and not only. All this slices deep into ship’s earnings.
The spirit, in an ocean of rules, regulations and codes today is simple, to achieve and maintain high standards of safety and environmental protection.
The manager, the master and the crew cannot discharge their duties unless they carefully observe this principle.
And neither the vessel nor the company can fulfill their commercial purpose in the absence of it. The human element is a most significant factor, far more important than the steel and any mechanical part of the industry. A small investment for proper training of the former ensures a healthy return for the massive capital injection for the latter.
Our policy on quality and standard
Maritime Education and Training (M.E.T.) is an exacting field – in communicating professional knowledge and proficiency – given the fact that the Shipping Industry is very competitive, highly demanding, and there isn’t room but for the fittest.
Vessels crossing the seas and call ports round the world, round the year, round the clock, Sundays holidays included, exercising a strong, political and economic influence in a world scale. – Remember, 80% of our planet, is water-covered, and oceans set, industrial and farming power-hubs, far apart from raw materials and consumers/users.. To the extent – one might reason that – God took side with the shipowners (!) …
World demand in energy, raw material, foodstuffs and industrial products is enormous, and 96% of the world trade goes by sea.
Without vessels there would be no international trade and people would be threatened from want of food and energy. An estimated 7 billion tones of cargoes is yearly carried by ships, of a combined cargo-carrying capacity of 1 billion tones. The current world bill in freights stands at about $ 250 billion per year, and then, you add to this up gains from a long litany of maritime activities – port and dock facilities, shipyards, brokers, agents, banks, suppliers, plus many, many more elements that go to make the Maritime Cluster.
MET is the single element that prepares the men and women, able to sail vessels and breathe life into the whole Cluster.
Ships safely, at a lower expense move goods – the cost per tone / mile in energy consumed, being lower than any other means of transport by a factor up to 100. They are the friendliest to the environment, which remains to be appreciated by the environmentalists, the governments, and the people.
Consider how our lives (. if any) would be like, in a world without vessels, but thousands more, aircrafts above and huge freight lorries roaring on the roads, spewing vast quantities of exhausts and further poisoning life.
An oil spill or any sea casualty, invariably results in a harried – and very often very bad – publicity, vexing headlines and archive pictures of oil-soaked birds are shown with a hot zeal to attract viewers and readers but not to honestly inform. This sort of publicity shapes the general perception for vessels and not their contribution to international development and prosperity. Add the many chances for the young in any developed maritime country to get a shore employment, and what you have on hand is the looming shortages of national seafarers – officers in particular.
That said we may rank shipping as the greatest international industry, having a propitious impact on our lives.
About 1.400.000 seafarers do the exciting job, and they constitute a particular offshoot of the human species, they actually form a particular species. An endangered species, to the E.U.’s erudite judgement.
Life onboard extremely varies, the sea being an exciting – and untrustworthy – element, impressions, experiences and conditions constantly change, and they never let the mariner to get bored.
Two features of the maritime profession make it entirely particular.
- Officers and crewmen form a small close community, cut out of family life, and far from their country, they share the same living and working quarters, deprived of the joy to go home after duty ours.
- Perils of the sea on the other hand, the normal onboard duties nonetheless , demand each one to show discipline and devotion to his tasks for the sake of vessel’s safety, security and its trade effectiveness.
- The national marine workforce gives the competitive edge to the Industry, and keeps it national.
A prudent state policy on MET will attract and train the young, securing the necessary national manpower for the Cluster.
British say that a child’s education starts 100 years before it’s born.. Hellenes, several thousand years ago, started planting their hope and desire onto the ocean, they do harvest skill and prosperity thence, and look at Homer’s account about Odysseus and his boatbuilding dexterity.
«Twenty trees in all he felled, and then trimmed them with the axe of bronze, and deftly smoothed them, and over them made straight the line. Meanwhile Calypso, the fair goddess, brought him augers, so he bored each piece and jointed them together, and then made all fast with trenails and dowels.
… And thereat he wrought, and set up the deckings, fitting them to the close-set uprights, and finished them off with long gunwales, and therein he set a mast, and a yardarm fitted thereto, and moreover he made him a rudder to guide the craft…
And he made fast therein braces and halyards and sheets, and at last he pushed the raft with levers down to the fair salt sea.»
Later the Greeks wrought splendid fighting galleys, propelled by one, or three banks of oars. They must have made a brave sight, rowing among the Greek islands, oar blades flashing wet in the golden sunshine, spray curling white along the powerful ram, large sail swelling in the soft, warm breeze.
Proper MET is the key factor if we really are in to keep with our tradition.
The Media and business community rhapsodize about the virtues of the novice global faith, and its mysteries, but corporate potentates are actually in a «to be or not to be» mood. Should they take the path to open competition and free enterprise to a vast scale? Do they actually have what it takes to constructive contend in the global marketplace? Or stay local instead, easy riders on national subsidy and protectionism? But owners and seafarers never were involuntary or unsteady in their trade, which it was always just global. An early man jumped on a floating log, he then put some primitive commodity aboard and with cupped hands and kicking feet sailed across the river or the bay to explore and barter. And water born trade was born! Ten thousand years ago Greek ships sailed around the known world carrying grain from Egypt and Crimea, glassware from Sidon, obsidian from Thira etc., etc., and commerce flourished, Hellens are right in boasting for the longest marine tradition. Today Greece is a maritime super power UNCTAD says. Greek owners control 19% of the global merchant fleet, but Greece is a relatively small country of about 11 million people and the state seems to feel permanently embarrassed and uncomfortable with the extra-super baby.
As Greek owned fleet expands, shortages of qualified officers grow, which causes great concern among the shipping community, but not to the government. That petty politics do not constitute a shipping strategy, it goes without saying…
An efficient national MET system, remains to be seen.
In our Training Facility :
- M.E.T. procedures are in line with International Agreements and Conventions, and to national requirements.
- We conform to particular requirements of companies or individual sea-officers, or crew members, firmly under the principle of offering high quality services.
- Our teaching staff is carefully selected and constantly audited – on the basis of adequate theoretical knowledge and sea gained professional compence, which we consider an absolute must.
- P.M.T.C. Studies Director, Commodor Charalampos Roukis (Naval Architect & Marine Engineer , BSc, MSc, Hellenic C.Guard – ret.) has the duty to up-date our teaching staff on any developments in the M.E.T. field and to critically adopt international or regional trends, evolution and/or changes.
- Materializing our quality ends, weeds constant diligence and steady concern, and our intention is far from staying in void proclamations.