THE SINGAPORE NAUTICAL INSTITUTE PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE
Capt. Francis Lansakara - Council Member
21st Century Mariner
Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
Industry Stake Holders Must Support Continuous Professional Development CPD in order to avoid having out of date professionals in their own work place.
Continuous Professional Development has been a recognised force in the industry for a long time. Due to the rapid changes taking place the professionals have found CPD as a means to update their knowledge through events organised by recognised professional bodies. Idle vs. Active, CPD is the yardstick to measure the idle professional from an active one where, old mariners enjoyed the luxury of being valid without CPD on the contrary, the 21stcentury mariners will lose that privilege for good. The duty lies with the professional body which has the duty to the public (maritime professionals) to organise CPD events and, concurrently it is also the duty of the industry and the maritime community as a whole to support CPD events in order to maintain an active maritime community.
As we praise Maritime Cluster Fund subsidiary (MCF) as an aid and encouragement industry stake holders must realise their role to support such events when the professional body (SNI) takes the pain to organise CPD events noting that, failure of industry stake holders’ support will ultimately result in having poor quality out of date professionals in their own workplace. With recent events such as Maritime Safety Awareness 2016, STS Best Practices Forums two times a year, Ballast Water Management Course 2017 the question to ask has the SNI fulfilled its duty to the public. The correct answer is that, it is a continuous duty without a time limit, SNI to this day has kept the professionals engaged however, must accept that more needs to be done.