The RAK Ports Training Institute, which was set up in January 2017 to meet a growing demand for specialist marine training in Ras Al Khaimah and the Northern Emirates, has recently delivered its first Oil Spill Response Course. This course has been developed to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) standard and is the latest addition to the overall syllabus of classes offered by the RAK Ports Institute, which includes the STCW 2010 Basic Safety Course and the vessels under 12 m driver licence course.
Captain Mike Magee, harbourmaster at RAK Ports, says, “Launching the Oil Spill Response Course is an important step to raise awareness, improve standards and introduce international best practice to local industry and help protect the marine environment.”
The first delivery of the course, which is accredited by the Marine Emergency Mutual Aid Centre (MEMAC), took place this October at RAK Maritime City, one of the leading Free Zones in the UAE, and included a practical oil spill exercise using the RAK Gas vessel, SLS Lion.
RAK Ports Institute plans to continue to develop high quality training programmes for the maritime and marine communities within the region, and is currently planning further accredited courses and services. It is for example considering an option to provide different training courses remotely on behalf of individual companies or groups.