Ghana Marine Training Centre (GMTC)
“GMTC has a goal and vision to become an important local education facility for Ghanaian seafarers, providing Dynamic Positioning (DP), safety, and other training courses. The idea for the centre was developed between partners in recognition of our joint effort to participate in the development of marine education and training in Ghana and to engage genuinely in the concept of the development of local content.”
- SAS Director, Ryan Smith
The Ghana Marine Training Centre (GMTC) was launched on 22 January 2018 by Swire Adonai Services (SAS), a joint venture between SPO and our local partner in Ghana, Adonai Shipping Ltd. In line with SPO’s strong focus on safety and as part of our continued efforts to support local content, GMTC was established to provide marine safety and Dynamic Positioning (DP) training for the Ghanaian seafarers and seafarers in the region.
GMTC introductory video.
Facilities at Ghana Marine Training Centre (GMTC)
The Ghana Marine Marine Training Centre (GMTC) is among the first of such integrated facilities in Africa and bears testament to SPO’s strong commitment towards safety and high operating standards. GMTC aims to create a conducive learning environment where both deck officers and engineers can be trained in the most realistic manner possible.
With a space of 175 square metres, GMTC’s facilities include a simulator room with two Dynamic Positioning (DP) consoles, a classroom with seven desktop simulators and a library. The DP consoles taken from SPO’s vessels are incorporated into the training centre to give trainees as close a feel to the actual setting on board during their training. Specially configured desktop simulators are also used to run DP training exercises.
GMTC aims to provide training to Ghanaian seafarers, seafarers from neighbouring West African countries that SAS employs, as well as seafarers in the region. The key highlight of GMTC is the Dynamic Positioning (DP) awareness course, which provides an introduction of the DP system on offshore vessels. As part of knowledge and technology transfer in the company’s Local Content Plan, the course will be open to seafarers, fellow industry partners, clients, local authorities and educational institutions in Ghana. Other courses offered include Basic & Advanced Safety awareness, Incident Investigation, Cadet Induction and Oil Spill Response classroom training.
Dynamic Positioning (DP) consoles in the Ghana Marine Training Centre (GMTC)
Training for The Future
In the long run, GMTC hopes to develop more courses and expand the training centre to be a key training hub for SAS seafarers and industry players from the Africa region. SAS is in compliance with all statutory requirements including local content and aims to be a sustainable Ghanaian company over time.
Launch of GMTC
Graced by Guest-of-Honour, Egbert Faibille, CEO of the Ghana Petroleum Commission, the launch of GMTC saw more than 50 guests in attendance, including members of the Ghana Parliament and government, members of the Ghana Petroleum Commission, the Ghana Maritime Authority, strategic partners of SAS, clients, local service providers, and media personnel. The Guest-of-Honour and his delegation were greeted by SPO’s then Managing Director, Ron Mathison, SAS Directors, Seth Nii Dowuona Owoo and SAS Director, Ryan Smith.
The Guest-of-Honour officiated the launch with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, and guests were entertained with a traditional dance. Guests were led around GMTC for a guided tour led by John Haakestad, the then Training Instructor, and enjoyed some light refreshments before the event was successfully concluded.
Supporting local community
As a way of supporting the local community, SAS engaged a Ghana-based architectural company, Arch Nexus, to design and develop the training centre. The team who worked on the training centre was fully fronted by ladies from Arch Nexus.
Swire Adonai Services (SAS) is a joint venture between SPO and Adonai Shipping Ltd. Adonai Shipping Ltd is a 100% indigenous Ghanaian company established in 2006. SAS was incorporated in 2015 and aims to be the best offshore service provider for the oil & gas industry in Ghana by providing reliable and high quality marine services to its clients.