C-MAR Group has today announced that it has finalized an agreement to deliver dynamic positioning (DP) training for the Brazilian Merchant Marine Academy. Named Centro de Instrucao Almirante Graca Aranha (CIAGA), the academy is one of the leading maritime training centers in South America, offering its students a variety of professional STCW courses.
Having already trained some 900 marine officers, roughly half of all of the NI certified professionals in Brazil, the business’ new course will substantially increase the number of DP qualified officers available to service the country’s rapidly expanding offshore and marine industry.
Commenting on the announcement Mauricio Santos, manager of C-MAR Brazil said: “The continual exploration and discovery of oil fields in the Campos Basin, particularly in deep water and challenging locations, has led to a surge in demand for dynamic-positioned qualified mariners.
“This course will more than double the number of officers qualified to operate dynamic-position vessels, enabling the more rapid and extensive development of Brazil’s offshore assets. It will also play an important part in facilitating the government’s objective of establishing a domestic industry, by ensuring that local mariners are fully equipped with the skills needed to operate state of the art dynamically positioned vessels.”
Rear Admiral Cardoso Gomes, commanding officer of CIAGA said: “As the leading training center for merchant mariners in South America, it is imperative that we are able to offer our students a comprehensive range of courses. This agreement with C-MAR will better enable us to do that. With a growing need for dynamic-positioned vessels, we expect that the course will be extremely popular and will be integral to the future development of Brazil’s offshore industry."
C-MAR Group COO Peter Aylott concluded: “We believe that this is one of the first partnerships of its kind anywhere in the world. It provides a template for other countries to accelerate their own deepwater marine and offshore industries, by tackling one of the most pressing issues in the global industry today, a shortage of qualified professionals.
“As other countries exhaust the most commercially viable of their own fields, we believe that they can benefit from similar agreements to ensure that they also have a stream of mariners coming through the system able to develop and service increasingly challenging sites.”
Having been active in Brazil since 1998, C-MAR Group is now looking to expand its operations in the country, specifically in providing crewing management services for offshore and subsea vessels.