University of Gibraltar Maritime Academy runs its first Basic Safety Training course

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The University of Gibraltar’s Maritime Academy has delivered its first Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) Refresher Basic Safety Training Course.

This five-day Basic Safety Training course, approved by the UK’s prestigious Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), blends theoretical elements with practical activities such as firefighting and personal survival techniques.

The delivery of this and other specialised maritime training courses is undertaken by the University’s Maritime Academy in collaboration with Stream Marine Training, a UK-based provider of maritime courses to the global maritime, oil and gas, renewables and construction industries.

Aaron Lopez, Gibraltar Maritime Academy’s Manager, said: “I am delighted to announce yet another major milestone for the University of Gibraltar Maritime Academy with the MCA approval of the STCW Basic Safety Training Week (BSW) and STCW Refresher Courses.

“The BSW will form part of our MCA-approved BSc Maritime Science with Cadetship programmes and alongside the refresher courses will also be available to the local and international maritime industry.”

Stream Marine Training’s Group Managing Director, Colin McMurray, said: “These course approvals set the foundation for future collaboration, building on the strength of both institutions to lever the location of the University together with the course catalogue of Stream Marine Training.”

HM Customs undertook this five-day refresher course across various locations in Gibraltar including the airport, Europa Pool and the University’s Europa Point Campus. HM Customs Officer, Arthur Asquez said: “This course has given me the confidence and skills to tackle a number of potential scenarios which we could quite easily encounter during our daily marine duties at HM Customs – be it on our own vessel or whilst on board a vessel that we could be clearing or searching.”