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Malta Maritime Forum targets professional education for future growth
Posted on Friday, July 21, 2017
Cluster organisation signs MoU with Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers to deliver courses for operations and logistics
London and Valetta, 21st July 2017. The Institute of Chartered
Shipbrokers and the Malta Maritime Forum have signed an MoU which
will support the education of shipping professionals in Malta as
part of the island's maritime growth strategy.
Pictures show (L-R standing) Godwin Xerri, MMF Board Member
and Managing Director, Focal Marine Shipping Agency, Joe Borg, MMF
Chairman and former EU Commissioner, Dr Ann Fenech, MMF Board
Member and President of the Malta Maritime Lawyers' Association,
Joseph Bugeja, MMF CEO and General Manager, Malta Motorways of the
Seas, (seated) Michael Callus, MMF Board Member, Head of Education,
Safety, Quality Sub-Committees and Director Medsea Shipping Agency,
and Matt Gilbert, Head of Business & Partnerships, The
Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers.
The MoU formalises informal co-operation between the MMF and the
Institute which goes back 40 years and will serve as a vehicle to
jointly formulate and develop activities. The MMF will build upon
this link to provide the local maritime industry with formal
education which is recognised internationally.
"Malta is already well served with courses for engineers,
masters and lawyers, where we lack higher professional courses is
for ship agency, terminal operators and port authority staff,"
explains Michael Callus, Chairman of the MMF Sub-Committee for
Education. "Until now, there has been reliance on on-the-job
training but the changing dynamics of logistics means we have to
adapt. Excellence in multimodal transport and logistics are
essential for Malta to remain competitive in attracting
Under the terms of the MoU signed in mid-July, the Institute
will support the MMF in delivering courses and supporting students
from the start of the upcoming academic year in September 2017.
"The MMF includes in its membership a number of fellows and
associates who considered the Institute as their primary education
and training partner in the early stages of their career," says
Julie Lithgow, Director of the Institute. "As Malta looks to build
its market position with new professional qualifications, the
Institute is delighted to be supporting the next generation of
maritime professionals in their quest for knowledge and
The MMF, together with various educational entities and maritime
associated partners will advertise the careers available in
shipping at grass roots levels, starting with Secondary Schools and
ultimately will serve as a catalyst for increased maritime
education and specialised courses in Malta.
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