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Captain Gurusinghe Returns To Sea

Captain Gurusinghe Returns To Sea
October 07
10:23 2015

The Fiji Maritime Academy (FMA) farewells the current chief executive officer and director in charge, Captain Suren Gurusinghe this week.

During his 12 month tenure with the Academy, Captain Gurusinghe witnessed historical changes of the maritime institution.

He is also proud of being part of the institutions growth and many positive developments.

Under his leadership in the past year, he said the Academy has surpassed the many historical changes – from the rebranding of the institution, commissioning of state of the art simulators, new-look training facility to the introduction of new courses.

“I have enjoyed my experience here in Fiji and seeing many changes to the learning facilities at the Academy.

“Having glamorously launched the new branding in March 2015, FMA successfully implemented the Quality Management System (QMS) at the same month.

“Thus, FMA became the first establishment to be accredited by DNV-GL Australia ready to recognised by the international maritime market.”

Captain Gurusinghe who was at the helm of these important milestones will now be returning sea to continue his seagoing carrier.Since taking over the position, Captain Gurusinghe spearheaded:

 Designing of new course structures tailored Fiji requirements and introduced training courses for non-seafarers as demanded by the maritime industry.

 Recruiting a Discipline Officer to attend to all disciplinary matters.

 Creating the position of Cadet Placement Officer to assist the cadets in finding training and employment.

 Appointing a Cadet Training Officer was a brainchild of the CEO.

A lot of emphasis is placed on discipline at the Academy – not only for students by staff as well.

Captain Gurusinghe said even a strict dress code for all attending academy was introduced and staff stands were also raised.

All these changes helped build the reputation of the Academy.

Not only Captain Gurusinghe always insisted on keeping the Academy neat and tidy but had spent a lot of effort in landscaping the premises.

“Discipline is in all aspects for any profession – from what we wear, how we carry ourselves to the environment we work in. I believe we have built a better reputation for the maritime institution so far,” the outgoing CEO said.



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