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ALAM and MMEA signed memorandum of understanding for seventeen competency and modular courses

Leading Maritime Education and Training institution marks an important achievement in its history with long-term partnership.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)’s Director General, Laksamana Maritim Dato’ Ahmad Puzi Bin Hj Ab Kahar giving a token of appreciation to Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB)

Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) has successfully signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) to provide seventeen ‘Competency and Modular Courses’ in compliance with the 2010 Manila Amendments to Standards of Training Certificate and Watchkeeping (STCW).

The MoU worth RM2 million was signed by Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of MMASB and MMEA’s Director General, Laksamana Maritim Dato’ Ahmad Puzi Bin Hj Ab Kahar at MMEA’s headquarters in One IOI Square, Putrajaya and was witnessed by several ALAM and MMEA staff.

The seventeen courses will be conducted at the ALAM campus in Kuala Sungai Baru to a total of 486 MMEA officers from the period of November 2015 to October 2018.

Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA)’s Director General, Laksamana Maritim Dato’ Ahmad Puzi Bin Hj Ab Kahar and Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) during the signing ceremony

Although this is not the first collaboration between the two maritime entities, this is the first time that a MoU was signed as a long-term partnership to provide MMEA officers with a more structured schedule of comprehensive training.

“This MoU is a testament to MMEA’s trust in ALAM’s capability to deliver quality training and to equip their officers with the necessary skills and knowledge in compliance with International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) and STCW requirements,” said David commenting on this recent collaboration.

David added “We are also looking forward for possible further collaborations with MMEA on how best we can assist them in other areas concerning maritime safety and security – especially in embedding these important aspects into the seafarers and future seafarers of today.”

MMEA is the principal government agency tasked with maintaining law and order and coordinating search and rescue operations in the Malaysian Maritime Zone and on the high seas.

 

 

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ALAM’s Engineering Design Colloquium Awards Presentation Ceremony

On 11 December 2015, Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) held an Awards Presentation Ceremony for an Engineering Design Colloquium organised for students of Diploma in Marine Engineering (DME) batch 29. Colloquium or an academic conference was organised as part of ALAM Senior Lecturer Dr. Wilfredo Erenio Yutuc’s assessment for the classes.

 

The objective of the project is to inculcate adult learning for students through innovation and research, and expose students on presentation of topics relative to Engineering Design. The Colloquium was also intended to improve students’ creative thinking, teamwork and management skills in terms of planning and execution.

The project chosen by cadets are all topics related to the maritime industry such as green ship technology, use of renewable energy, shipboard operation and maintenance, as well as shipboard safety and security. 

11 groups comprising of DME 29 Class Alpha and DME 29 Class Bravo participated and presented their innovative ideas assessed by both Dr. Wilfredo and lecturer Mr. Kam Foo Chuen. The groups were evaluated based on originality of idea and presentation skills – which amounts to 60% of the total marks. Another 40% was given based on relevance of idea, quality and neatness of the project.

Based on this evaluation, the best project selected was from DME29 Bravo who introduced the ‘Ship’s Collision-Prevention Airbag’. The design involves fitting an airbag made from a Kevlar-reinforced synthetic tire-cord layer inside a cast aluminium box around the hull, as shown in Figures 1 and 2, to prevent hull damage in case of collision or allision.

 

Figure 1: Graphic conceptualization of an undeployed airbag fitted port side of the ship. It is intended to be installed in three locations (Forward, Port and Starboard).

 

Figure 2. Deployed airbag

Impact forces have been calculated including the correct pressure to fill the airbags to prevent contact. The airbags are manually deployed from key positions onboard using a nitrogen gas generator within an estimated time of five (5) seconds. Since some ship types like LNG vessels are already equipped with nitrogen generator systems, this design shows feasibility when it comes to ship’s protection and good line of defense against collision and allision.

 

As winners, group presenters from DME29 Bravo received a certificate of recognition and a token of appreciation from Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) accompanied by Mr. Saravanan A/L Venkadasalam, Head of the Pre-Sea Marine Engineering Department of ALAM.

 

List of winners from DME29 Bravo:

  • DME01683      Muneswaran A/L Maniam
  • DME01643      Muhammad Amirun Naim Bin Mazalan
  • DME01604      Dharshini A/P T.N Binu Kumar
  • DME01612      Muhammad Amiruddien Bin Shahbuddin
  • DME01422      Ariful Islam
  • DME01608      Bernard Justin A/L Gerard Jeevan

Other group presenters who have participated in the colloquium received certificates of participation for all of their effort and hard work.

ALAM would like to bid congratulations once again to all the students involved. 

 

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ALAM scores high in the MyQUEST 2014/2015 ratings

Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) marks another milestone in the Academy’s history as it was awarded the highest rating of ‘6-Star’ in the “International Student Services” category, and 5-star ratings for both the college-based category and for two cluster-based categories namely “Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction” and “Science Mathematics and Computing” through the Malaysian Quality Evaluation System for Private Colleges (MyQUEST) 2014/2015. 

[Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) receiving the 6-Star Rating Award by YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia]

MyQUEST, which is held once in two years since 2010, is an evaluation and rating system to evaluate the quality of an institution, as well as the programs and practices of private higher education institution with the status of a college.

On 19 November 2015, recipients of the 6-star rating were invited to cordially receive the awards given by YB Dato’ Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia at the prestigious Istana Hotel Kuala Lumpur. Receiving the award on behalf of ALAM was Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB).

[Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) with YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia]

ALAM has received the MyQUEST rating since its inception to evaluate current performance of private colleges in the aspect of quality students, programmes, graduates, resources and governance.

For the first MyQUEST rating which was held for 2010/2011, ALAM received multiple recognitions for both its Malacca and Terengganu campus, before it was combined to one main campus in Malacca today.

MyQUEST 2012/2013 saw ALAM as a unified campus receiving 5-star ratings for three categories, which were the college-based, cluster-based (services) and International student readiness categories.

The consistency displayed by the Academy is a true testament of ALAM’s capability as a world-class maritime education and training provider known to produce competent and professional maritime graduates. 

[Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) standing alongside YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia and other award recipients of the MyQUEST 2014/2015 6-Star Rating Awards presentation ceremony]

2015 has also been a tremendous year for ALAM being shortlisted for the Lloyd List Awards 2015 and being recipient of the “Best Maritime Training Institution” at this year’s World Maritime Day Celebration.

ALAM believes that all of these achievements are due to a number of factors, one of which is its staff’s strong and unrelenting commitment to their profession. Being the leading maritime and education provider in the country, ALAM has been very fortunate to acquire skilled and experienced mariners working for its faculty and this has truly helped in ensuring quality graduates.

Receiving this rating will also help the public to gain confidence in ALAM as a reputable maritime Academy and with this continued recognition, ALAM hopes that it is able to attract more youths to join the maritime profession.

[YB Dato' Seri Idris Jusoh, Minister of Higher Education Malaysia delivering his opening remarks at the MyQUEST 2014/2015 6-Star Rating Awards presentation ceremony]

Of the total, 199 private colleges were granted the MyQUEST rating out of 235 private colleges qualified for auditing.

 

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SHARING SESSION ON INTEGRITY WITH PETRONAS’ CHIEF INTEGRITY OFFICER

Malaysian Maritime Academy (ALAM) was fortunate to have Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Samsiah Binti Abu Bakar, Chief Integrity Officer of Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) to give a talk and share vital information on the topic of integrity which consequently touches on the shared values practised by ALAM in its daily operations such as Cohesiveness, Loyalty, Integrity and Professionalism. 

The sharing session started with Puan Kazlina Kharib Shah, ALAM’s acting Senior Manager, Human Resource Management and Administration Department, explaining why integrity is a vital issue and a recurring problem faced by most organisations.

The floor was then presented to Yang Berbahagia Dato’ Samsiah who started her talk with a video montage on integrity – with examples of integrity issues which were exposed to the media and how any offences would be detrimental to an organisation’s reputation. Yang Berbahagia Dato’ also shared on her team’s organisational chart and their respective roles. In a company as large, vast and as well-known as PETRONAS, the Chief Integrity Officer’s Office is in charge of conducting research, looking into procedures and guidelines as well as ensuring that all subsidiaries under PETRONAS receive the proper awareness and education on anti-bribery.

A breakdown of offences was also shared with the highest offence being bribery, followed by fraud, abuse of power, conflict of interest, negligence and money laundering. She continued her presentation by sharing the framework of fighting corruption in the company and on how to establish the proper mitigation plans.

Yang Berbahagia Dato’ stressed the importance of all staff upholding the highest form of integrity and to show off our best practices at all times to always be viewed as a credible and responsible organisation. Performing any of these infractions will tarnish the reputation of the whole organisation and may destroy partnerships with other organisations affiliated with the company which affects the sustainability of the company.

After her session, Yang Berbahagia Dato’ received questions from the floor where she disclosed the difference between corruption and receiving gifts from external parties with relevant examples.

Mr. David Fredrick, Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Maritime Academy Sdn. Bhd. (MMASB) ended the session by giving his closing remarks and thanking Yang Berbahagia Dato’ for her willingness to share her knowledge and expertise with all ALAM staff.

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