Attendance of Personnel of the Philippine Ports Authority to the Graduate Programs of the World Maritime University for the Academic year 2015

The Philippine Ports Authority with its vision to be globally competitive in port services in the Philippines characterized by increased productivity, efficiency, connectivity, comfort, safety, security and environmental sustainability is highly committed to invest in its people thru academic cooperation as among its interventions.

Through this intervention, the Philippine Ports Authority will be able to respond directly to the needs of the maritime industry equipping qualified personnel to acquire the necessary skills and attitude to be future ports experts.

PPA and the World Maritime University forged in July 2013 a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Academic Cooperation in the delivery of a WMU Master of Science in Maritime Affairs, a regular 14-month program.  The MOU became effective onJuly16, 2013 with a term of five (5) years and extension or amendments maybe made as agreed by both parties.

Among the academic programs offered by WMU is the MSc in Maritime Affairs which is designed to respond directly to the real needs of the maritime industry, both today and in planning for the future.  The programme is both academically challenging and professionally oriented and is designed for ambitious, mid-career maritime professionals.

The MSc program offers various specifications which is a standard 14-month program running from September until November of the following year.  All graduates of MSc are:

  • Equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable them to fulfil successfully  their national and international responsibilities for effective maritime development
  • Fully aware of maritime operations in general, as well as of their chosen specialization
  • Sensitive to the general objectives of the United Nations and the particular aims of the International Maritime Organization (IMO)
  • Sufficiently flexible to adapt to a variety of roles in the maritime field environment
  • Fluent in English Language, and able to communicate skilfully
  • Skilled in the problem solving, critical analysis and independent endeavour

As part of the 14-month program of the MSc in maritime Affairs are fields of specialization as follows;
(a)    Marine Environmental and Ocean Management
(b)    Maritime Education and Training
(c)    Maritime Law and Policy
(d)    Maritime Safety and Environmental Administration
(e)    Port Management
(f)    Shipping Management and Logistics

PPA started sending scholars only this Academic Year 2015 to attend the MSc in Maritime Affairs, Port Management (field of specialization) in World Maritime University, Malmo, Sweden.

Brunei Darussalam’s Ports Department Continual Developments Lead to Sustainable, Committed and Efficient Serivces

Muara Port, Brunei Darussalam’s commercial deepwater port has operated for more than 25 years. It was first operated in 1973 and managed by the Royal Custom and Excise Department. After Ports Department was commissioned and took over the management and operations of Muara Port in 1986, the port underwent considerable infrastructure development, in order to cater to the growth in trade import and export.Strategically located in in the ASEAN and BIMP-EAGA Region,Muara Port is pursuing its vision to become a hub port for BIMP-EAGA Region.

Muara Port main operation is cargo and container handling. The Operation Division comprises of Ship Operations, Conventional Terminal, Container Terminal, Passenger Handling and Aggregate Landing Area.

Our customer focus is built on fostering contact with our international and regional business partners including cargo owners, transport operators, terminal operators and shipping lines.

Over the past year, Muara Port has worked to strengthen its customer relations by building mutually beneficial partnership and extending our trade facilitation network interstate, reflecting the port’s trade hub role for Brunei Darussalam.

Ship Operation:

Starting from the channel TanjungPelumpong through Muara Channel, Ports Department provides pilot services to guide the vessels safely to the wharf and tug services to dock the vessels in a secure manner. Other Ship Operation services include Mooring/Unmooring and any other requested services such as supply of fresh water or disposal of waste services. Pilot and Tug Services operate around the clock on a 3-shift basis to provide the most efficient services for a faster turnaround to enable vessels to discharge their cargoes.

Conventional and Container Terminal:

Both the Conventional and Container Terminals offer various cargo handling services to incoming vessels such as 2 Panamax Quay Cranes capable of lifting 40-tonne containers, cargo handling equipment for the Container Yard, an area with the capacity of 3069 ground slots, 145 Reefer points, 5,000 m2 Container Freight Station, 4 Transit Warehouses and various Open Storage Areas for bulk and dangerous goods storage.

The draught has been dredged up to 12.5m to enable large vessels to dock alongside. With a total wharf length of 861m whereby the Muara Conventional Terminal is 611m and the Muara Container Terminal is 250m, both terminals can currently cater for an array of feeder vessels, cruise, RORO and bulk vessels. In the National Development Plan, a project is now ongoing to increase the length of the container terminal for another 150m to 200m.

With the increased wharf length, it is expected that Muara Port will be able to cater for larger vessels with a large capacity of cargo and increase its cargo throughput. This will ultimately contribute to the nation’s economy and GDP through trade.

Passenger Handling:

Among facilities provided by Ports Department to cater the movements of passengers by maritime transport are:

  • Cruise Ship Centre inside Conventional Terminal
  • Car Ferry Terminal at Serasa
  • Passenger Ferry Terminal at Serasa
  • Passenger  and  Boat Terminal at Bangar, Temburong

Cruise Vessels recorded calling at Muara Port are steadily increasing, with an average of 25 vessel calls per year, with the most recorded in the year 2010, where 33 vessels berthed at Muara Port.

Serasa Aggregate Landing Area:

Aggregates or hard stones is in great demand in Brunei Darussalam to supply for building and construction industry such as housing, road expansion, new government buildings, shopping arcades, industrial development in Sungai Liang. This trend is very likely to continue for the next 10 years.

Transportation of imported aggregate is carried out by means of LCT barges. Importations are from Temburong, Sabah and Sarawak.

A dedicated aggregate landing complex facility has been constructed to facilitate the movement of cargo by maritime transport. The provision of facilities and related services necessary for the safe, efficient, secure and reliable operation of port services.

Activities and Business Opportunities:

Muara Port always welcomes direct and feeder shipping services from any port as well as new services such as:

  • Value-added services such as labeling, sorting and marking of goods
  • Assembly of goods
  • Bunkering
  • Good distribution
  • Logistics centre
  • Transshipments

Other Developments:

As the provider of one of the main gateway for trade of import and export goods, Ports Department also strive to continuously upgrade its services in providing smoother cargo movement not only to and from the port and airport, as well as to the border checkpoints to the neighbouring countries. In this regard, Ports Department also provides facilities to store and facilitate cargo processing called Inland Container Depot, located at Muara, Sungai Tujuh and Kuala Lurah.

Ports Departments is also actively working with private sector participation in upgrading existing facilities and services such as provision to upgrade Warehouses and developing a dedicated trailer parking station. Other value added services byMuara Ports services include Bunkering, Container Repair and Waste Reception Facility.

MPA Announces Winners of First-Ever Smart Port Hackathon

120 participants produce 25 prototypes in 48 hours to enhance productivity, efficiency and sustainability in the Port of Singapore.

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced on 20 Jul 2014 the winners for its first maritime-themed hackathon, the Smart Port Hackathon 2014, which saw a total of 120 participants from 25 teams, producing 25 original maritime-related prototypes in 48 hours.

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