Brief history of the Bulgarian Maritime Training Centre
Bulgarian Maritime Training Centre was established in 1974 to help the personnel employed in the shipping to prepare for Maritime Administration examinations and trough the years has become a complete training source for professional qualification. In 1989 the BMTC was declared as a national maritime training centre by Bulgarian Ministry of Transport and as a Centre of Excellence in its field over the years has constantly strengthens its position as the leading provider of high quality courses for seafarers working on board different types of vessels. Since 2000 BMTC is an independent organization, and its services are available to all members of the international shipping community. The training facilities installed at BMTC makes a positive contribution to seafarer training at a good level keeping national and international standards for safety and survival training. In its work BMTC constantly takes into account new national and international requirements for seafarer training, evolves alongside the rapidly changing regulatory environment and guarantees the safety navigation and prevention of pollution. The Centre makes investments in modern equipment and it maintenance - the latest versions of Bridge, Engine Room and Liquid Cargo Handling Simulators of Kongsberg are in operation here. After integration of the three simulators the training responds to the highest standards in simulator performance. The trainees are taught on the GMDSS simulator of Poseidon. Training vessel 'Petar Beron' and the barquentine 'Kalialra', several types of rescue boats,fire fighting ground, modern teaching aids, CBT, video films, etc help to provide qualitative and cost effective learning. Contemporary training environment, high experienced lecturers and instructors and a rich library of maritime publications help seafarers get the excellent service they deserve. BMTC provides maritime training courses and seminars mainly. Other activities carried out here are – small ship repairs and consultancy services; Internet providing; Publishing; Nautical Publications distribution (IMO, ITU, NI etc). Presently BMTC provides over 50 different training courses focusing on the following main areas of training: STCW Compliant Training, Preparatory training courses for achieving higher maritime competency, Specialized Training for Tanker Operations - Oil, Chemical and Gas tanker, Tanker Familiarization Training, Simulation – Navigation, Simulation – GMDSS, Simulation – Engine Team & Resource Management, Specialized Courses, Engineering Courses, Passenger ships familiarization training, Ro-ro Passenger ships familiarization training, Fast Rescue boat, courses, Marlins Test, etc. Customer’s satisfaction is the focal point of all BMTC activities. To this end a Quality Management System was established and certified in 2002 according to ISO 9001:2008 by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. The training of Ratings is also regularly observed by National Agency of Professional Education and Training. Working in a very close relation with different shipping and companies and manning agencies BMTC designs and provides customer requested courses for seafarers sailing on board their ships. BMTC provides also an wide range of Maritime English courses and Computer Training Courses as well as licensed by Bulgarian Agency for professional education and training courses for achievement of vocational qualification for Ratings– Seamen, Motormen, Able seamen, Ship’s cook, Fitters, Electricians, Stewards as well as for marine engineering and navigation on operational level. Being a member of International Association for Safety and Survival Training (IASST) and Global Maritime Education and Training Association GLOBAL BMTC works in close relations with its colleagues all over the world.