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Tuesday, 29 October 2019 - Launching of Forum and Exhibition in Conjunction with The World Maritime Day 29 – 30 October 2019
The Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam (MPABD) marked a significant milestone on 29 October 2019 at the Rizqun International Hotel, Gadong, by launching an exhibition and forum in conjunction with the World Maritime Day 2019.

The opening of the event saw welcoming remarks delivered by Haji Salihin bin Haji Aspar, the Chief Executive of MPABD.

The opening of the event also saw the attendance of Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Awang Abdul Mutalib bin Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohammad Yusof, the Minister of Transport and Infocommunications as the guest of honour, who also delivered a keynote address.

The forum entitled 'Women in Maritime Leadership: Influencing Maritime Safety' and a robust discussion was held amongst maritime leaders, Ms. Rafidah Rambli, People Manager, BGC Sdn. Bhd.; Ms. Angela Png, Director, International Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore; and Mr. Andrew Wong, Regional Manager, Asia Pacific, The Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science & Technology (IMarEST).

The event also celebrated eight students, namely Mohammed Nurdinna Izhharuddin Bin Haji Safudin; Hajah Siti Husniyah Binti Haji Awang; Abdul Azim Bin Mohammed Asli; Mohamad Nazri Bin Ramli; Muhammad Izzat Hamizan Bin Hj. Abd. Rahim; Muhammad Waddud Mu'iezzaddin Bin Dua; Nursyarifah Binti Hj Sabtu; and Rammanie Lanting from the Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) receiving their Officer of Engineering Watch (OEW) certificates *from the guest of honour *.

The awardees training included two years institution-based education at the BMA and twelve months of structured seagoing service training which was carried out on board a ship.

The Engine cadets are awarded with a Diploma in Marine Engineering (Level 5) upon completion of the 3 years programme. Subsequent to the award of Diploma, the cadets attended a 6 months preparatory course at the BMA and written/oral examinations with the Maritime and Port Authority Brunei Darussalam (MPABD). Successful candidates are then awarded with CoC OEW (Certificate of Competency Officer Engineering Watch) in accordance with the relevant Standards, Training and Certification of Watch-keeping Convention (STCW). 

The CoC OEW entitles the marine engineer to sail at the Operational Level and his/her responsibilities include safe and economical operation of the shipboard machineries and equipment and protection of the marine environment in addition to emergency response duties. The validity period of the Co is 5 years which is renewable subject to fulfilling certain condition as per STCW requirements.

World Maritime Day is observed on the last Thursday of September every year to mark the contribution of international maritime industries towards the economy of the world especially shipping. World Maritime Day's main aim is to focus on the importance of shipping safety, maritime security, and marine environment and also to emphasize a particular aspect of the International Maritime Organization's (IMO) work. Each year has its own world maritime theme, which will steer maritime related events and activities throughout the year.

This year, the World Maritime Day is being observed on 26 September, carrying the theme, "Empowering Women in the Maritime Community." The theme provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to highlight the contribution of women within the maritime sector. 
The two-day exhibition held at the Rizqun Coffee House, Gadong, from 29 to 30 October 2019 organized by MPABD saw the line-up of exhibitors including Survey Department (Ministry of Development); Brunei Gas Carriers Sdn Bhd; Brunei Maritime Academy; Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd; Muara Port Company Sdn Bhd, KASI (Malaysia); BCMC Sdn Bhd; and Trac-Wheels (M) Sdn Bhd (Malaysia).