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Wednesday, January 15, 2020 

UK Chamber of Shipping has announced that its Merchant Navy Training Board (MNTB) has awarded the Bangladesh Marine Academy Centre recognition as its bid to raise global maritime training standards takes hold.

The Centre and Course Recognition accolades were developed by MNTB to provide an independent assessment of maritime training around the world. Kathryn Neilson, Director NTB, said: “Awarding centres for their excellence in the delivery of seafarer training and education is an initiative desperately needed to raise the standards of maritime training globally. At the Merchant Navy Training Board we want to ensure training centres across the world are doing everything they can to give seafarers the best possible skills for a successful career at sea or onshore. The Bangladesh Marine Academy has done a wonderful job in recent years and the Centre Recognition Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of those involved at the Academy. When colleges and training centres are formally recognised by the MNTB then shipowners and future seafarers know they can have confidence that the quality of seafarer training and education delivered through these Recognised Centre is outstanding.”

Dr. Sajid Hussain HonDSc CEng CMarEng FIMarEST said: “The government-owned Bangladesh Marine Academy – having a partnering relation with WMU Sweden and recognized by EU EMSA, IMarEST & NI and MPA Singapore – is tuned with 'developing world-class maritime leaders' and so ensures quality cadets' (nautical & engineering) entry into seafaring for around six decades."

The MNTB Recognition Service was initially trialled in the UK, but interest from training and educational establishments seeking recognition overseas has increased and the Recognition Service is now available to international training centres.

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