PURCHASE AND OPERATION OF A PHILIPPINE TRAINING SHIP
Brief Project Description:
The John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University (JBLFMU) invites interested parties to partner with the University for the purchase and operation of a Philippine Training Ship that will provide on-board training for the future seafarers.
Proponent: John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University
Proposed Site: John B. Lacson Foundation Maritime University, Iloilo City
Scale and Content:
The proposed training ship will have the following specifications: twin engine/bow thrusters, 15,000 gross tonnages,120 meters long, 22 meters wide, draft of 7 meters, and maximum speed of 15-17 knots.
JBLFMU will engage the services of a competent Master Mariner who has expertise in managing a training ship. The Master Mariner will be under the direct supervision and control of JBLFMU.
The ship will have a total passenger capacity of 320 persons(20 crew members, 200 trainees, and 100 passengers). Of the trainees, 100 will come from JBLFMU and 100 from other schools in the Philippines and abroad. Training fees for both trainees and passengers will be agreed upon by the JBLFMU and the prospective investors.
Preferred modality: Open Investment
The Philippines currently supplies approximately 25% of the manpower needs (on-board and on-shore) of the global maritime industry. This will further increase in the future as the global maritime industry continues to grow. But the supply of the qualified seafarers to answer the demand of the maritime industry has always been a problem. There is not enough opportunity for appropriate on-the-job training for students pursuing a seagoing career. This situation paved the way for the creation of the Global On-Board Training Center(GOBTC) which aims to address the problem of the maritime industry for lack of on-board training opportunities for future seafarers. JBLFMU is among the six founding members of GOBTC and was appointed to be the Focal Point. JBLFMU will coordinate and facilitate on-board training of cadets from different parts of the world.