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Seagull training centre gets Panama approval

The PMA inspectors during their visit to Norway The PMA inspectors during their visit to Norway Seagull Maritime

Seagull Maritime reports that its training centre in Horten, Norway, has received approval from the Panama Maritime Authority (PMA), the first overseas approval of its kind since the PMA changed leadership in 2014.

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“We are the first training centre in the world to be audited and approved by the new administration of PMA outside of Panama, as part of an exhaustive review by the flag state demanding the attention of six Seagull Maritime staff,” said Torger Tau, training courses manager, Seagull Maritime AS.

Approval was granted following a two-day inspection of the training centre, carried out by a three-member team from the PMA. Seagull can now conduct training courses on the PMA’s behalf in line with the lnternational Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping. 

“In most cases flag states review individual courses, while their approval of the training centre itself is based on approvals we hold from the Norwegian Maritime Authority,” said Mr Tau.

“Separate approval from Panama - the largest ship registry in the world, with about 8,600 ships carrying its flag – included a request to verify our own record-keeping on seafarer data. Our archive was interrogated at random down to the level of single seafarer records, while PMA required a briefing on our training methods.”

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