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Award Surprises Captain Hill

Captain Philip Hill of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s (MSAF) Manager Safety, Compliance and Response was declared the best student at the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation
16 Nov 2016 11:00
Award Surprises Captain Hill
Captain Philip Hill (left), receiving his AtoNs Manager Level 1 Certificate from Jean-Charles Leclair, the Dean of IALA WWA.

Captain Philip Hill of the Maritime Safety Authority of Fiji’s (MSAF) Manager Safety, Compliance and Response was declared the best student at the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Light House Authorities headquarters (IALA) in St Germain, France.

He said – “It was definitely a surprise for me as larger countries like UK, India, South Korea and China were expected to take out the award.”

Captain Hill said all participants accepted the decision as it was based on participant’s performance and interaction in class combined with the high marks attained in the exams.

He said the course was challenging and was not sure of achieving that goal as all participants were kept in suspense throughout all the exams. “Participants were only indicated a pass or fail but no marks.”

Captain Hill said the attendees from other countries were selected from the high and experienced echelon of their respective organisation. They had set goals of winning the award as this Certificate was only the third certificate in the world to be signed by both Secretary General of International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) Francis Zachariae and Mr. Kitack Lim the International Maritime Organisation(IMO).

He said he attended the intensive four weeks training at International Marine Aids to Navigation and Light House Authorities headquarters (IALA) in St Germain, France on the 14th May to 10th June 2016. The training was attended by participants from India, China, Korea, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Antigua, Barbados, Liberia, Surinam, and Bahrain and the United Kingdom.

MSAF Chief Executive Officer, John Tunidau said Captain Hill’s

achievement of being named the best student among participants from all over the world was testament to the success of the capacity support provided MSAF for its employees,

“The continued dialogue and close working relationship between MSAF and IALA resulted in the awarding of the fully funded scholarship for Captain Hill,” Mr. Tunidau said.

Captain Hill becomes the second MSAF Officer to complete the IALA training and attain AtoNs Manager Level 1.

Fiji is the leading country in the Pacific Region in this area.

The course covered the complete syllabus for AtoNs, Manager level 1 set out in IALA Model Course E-141/1 and is regarded as an International Qualification recognised worldwide.

Captain Hill received his best student award at the Vessel Traffic Service Symposium in Malaysia from the Secretary General of the International Maritime Organisation, Mr. Kitack Lim in August this year.

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) is delegated to conduct the training for the South Pacific Island States in Fiji.

The IALA World Wide Academy (WWA) is an integral, but independently funded part of the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA). It commenced operations in January 2012. It is the vehicle by which IALA delivers training and capacity building and is dedicated to assist National Authorities in sustainable development and improvement in the provision of Marine Aids to Navigation, including VTS

The course covered the complete syllabus for Level 1 Aids to Navigation (AtoN) managers set out in IALA Model Course E-141/1 and is regarded as an International Qualification recognised worldwide by Competent Authorities. The syllabus is based broadly on the information contained in the IALA NAVGUIDE, UNCLOS and SOLAS requirements.



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