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Academy Invests in More Equipment

Academy Invests in More Equipment
Tool used for measuring toxic gases in tanks.
October 07
10:30 2015

In their pursuit to offer better learning facilities to students, the Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) continues to invest in quality training equipment.

Outgoing FMA chief executive officer, Captain Suren Gurusinghe said there is a need of modern maritime training equipment to incorporate real life equipment on the curriculum.

He has identified this need and before his departure, Captain Gurusinghe has successfully confirmed purchasing some most advanced and expensive equipment for the Academy.

“Fijian seafarers should consider themselves somewhat privileged to operate and learn in a training environment as above newly purchased equipment are only used at very few nautical schools in the globe.

“The recent purchase of the most advanced and expensive equipment (as pictured below) is yet to be seen in a training institution not only in Fiji but in all of the South Pacific,” he said.

While financial and time constraints often dampen the enthusiasm to move forward on such projects, the Academy is adamant to provide the best for their students.

“FMA is mindful that equipment for training and facilities for education need not only require maintenance but need upgrading time to time.

“However, FMA’s dedication for continual improvement has been shown throughout 2015 with staff training, improvements to student discipline and conducting of courses that are new to the Academy,” Captain Gurusinghe said.

He said modern day maritime education comprises of a curriculum of theory and practical training. “This well rounded training ensures that seafarers are competent in operating vessels safely and efficiently,” Captain Gurusinghe said.


The FMA is now focused on including practical training and they are ready to demonstrate the use of the actual equipment and instruments used on board vessels.

Equipment to be used in short courses include:

For oil/chemical and gas tanker courses:

 Gas measuring equipment (inert and non-inert conditions)

 Ullage temperature interface detectors

 Resuscitator Kit

 Emergency Escape Breathing Air Device (EEBD)

 Foam Applicators

 Other types of Fire extinguishers

 Oil Cleanup Kits

For enclosed spaces related courses:

 Rescue tripod

Global Marine and Distress System Signal (GMDSS)

Radio Officers on ships became redundant with the introduction of GMDSS. Captain Gurusinghe said the existing training facility at FMA was inadequate and equipment was obsolete.

“The GMDSS training room along with the associated equipment is currently undergoing a much needed upgrade.

“All obsolete equipment’s such as VHF, DSC, SSB, Radio telex, Sat C etcare being replaced by more modern versions of hardware and software.

“The GMDSS workstations are being upgraded by Tanssas software as well.

The upgrade includes the construction of new class rooms.”

Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS)


New ECDIS stations are being added to facilitate ECDIS courses.

The ECDIS training is also an integral part of Marine Simulator Training, he added.



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