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NMCI to cater for superyacht market

October 7th, 2017 8:10 PM

By Southern Star Team

The Lady Christine anchored off Glengarriff in August, after visiting Kinsale, Baltimore and Bantry. The new course at the NMCI will offer training to crew members of superyachts such as this one. (Photo: Lyne Media)

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THE Ringaskiddy-based Natinal Maritime College of Ireland  has made significant investments in developing its course programmes to cater for the expanding global superyacht market.

The NMCI’s new Superyacht Division has secured approval from the Private Yachting Association (PYA) to complement its existing programmes for deck and engine crew, right up to Masters Qualification.

Joey Meen, PYA director,  CEO GUEST Programme said: ‘NMCI staff and trainers are committed to ensuring that their students training for interior yacht crew positions have the continued support and relevant education they need. 

‘The training offered will give confidence and skills sets to enhance individual careers, as well as bringing value to the interior departments on board.’

Jim O’Byrne, head of NMCI Services continued: ‘This recent PYA approval was the final link in the chain to enable us to offer qualified Irish citizens out in to the private yacht arena, and to facilitate the existing cohort of seafarers currently enjoying employment in this sector.’

CIT president, Dr  Barry O’Connor, congratulated the team at the NMCI for once again securing international recognition and validation for the high standards and on-going relevance of the education and training programmes being offered. 

He said such successes secure the positive future of the NMCI and sustain the established reputation of CIT as a responsive and agile institution, identifying and serving specific evolving needs of enterprise and of communities generally. 

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