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Newly refurbished FRAMO laboratory opens at the Norwegian Training Center in Manila

The latest addition to the Norwegian Training Center, the FRAMO Laboratory was inaugurated on May 17, signifying a significant leap forward for the maritime training sector. Ambassador of Norway to the Philippines Christian Halaas Lyster presided over the ribbon-cutting ceremony, heralding the commencement of operations at this state-of-the-art facility.

This milestone was achieved through the support of a dedicated maritime community, Odfjell’s VP for Maritime Personnel (MPS) Svend Foyn-Bruun, Asian Institute of Maritime Studies (AIMS) partners led by Dr. Lamberto Mindanao and Ms. Joy Garner, and the diligent Norwegian Training Center (NTC) team led by Chief Engineer Jose Fugoso and Engineer Charlene Briones. The result is a new standard in maritime technology and training excellence. 

Supported by Odfjell Philippines, Inc., the newly refurbished laboratory features state-of-the-art equipment designed to enhance the training of seafarers, particularly those from chemical and product tanker companies. This initiative is set to renew maritime training and offer a comprehensive learning experience. 

Beyond training, the laboratory is expected to stimulate job creation and foster economic growth, making it a vital asset for regional development. Utilizing the latest technology and industry insights, the Norwegian Training Center aims to deliver robust training programs that equip seafarers with the skills necessary for modern shipping. 

“This facility represents a cornerstone in our efforts to elevate maritime education and training standards. It underscores the importance of collaboration and innovation in driving sustainable development,” said VP MPS Svend Foyn-Bruun during the post-event interview.

“As the FRAMO Laboratory opens its doors, it will give a very good opportunity to combine NTC’s potential in digital and practical training of FRAMO equipment onboard.“ 

This launch reinforces the Philippines' dedication to strengthening its position as a global maritime hub. By investing in cutting-edge infrastructure and educational initiatives, the nation seeks to cultivate a skilled workforce ready to meet the maritime industry's demands in the 21st century.​

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