Press Release: CFFK to Partner MAN, Oron on Cadets Training

Towards producing competent seafarers in compliance with global standards in maritime training, the Registrar, Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron, Mr. Mkpandiok A. Mkpandiok has said the Academy will welcome collaboration with Ching Fu Fong Kuo Ship Building Company in training its Cadets.

This indication was made known during the recent visit of a delegation from the Taiwan largest private shipyard to the Academy on a facility inspection.

The physically elated Registrar appreciated Engr. Lawrence Esin for his good gesture towards the development of the Academy and called on other private individuals to follow suit.

He expressed optimism that the visit was a welcomed development noting that collaborating with the ship building company will widen the horizon of Academy’s Cadets, as well as clear the backlog of Cadets waiting for Sea Time Experience.

Mr. Mkpandiok assured team CFFK of the Management’s cooperation, adding that such opportunities would not only fast track the development of the Academy but also improve the economic live in the area as well as create employment opportunities for indigenous professionals in the maritime field.

Earlier, the Chairman of a Taiwan based holding company, First Grand Enterprises Incorporated, Engr. Lawrence Esin who led the delegation said, the Team were quite enthusiastic that the nation’s premier maritime training institution was a fantastic location for their kind of business.

Engr. Esin who thanked the Registrar for receiving them at short notice, extended the company’s sympathy over the unfortunate loss of the Academy’s indefatigable Rector, Dr. Joshua Okpo while also extolling his good virtues and accomplishments in the Academy.

Introducing the company, Engr. Esin said the CFFK Ship Building Company Ltd. is a firmly established world-class shipyard, with experience and success in building a variety of vessels for their customers, located in the world's fourth largest container port, Kaohsiung, Taiwan's southern port city.  

He stated that the company has experience in building all types of vessels including oil and chemical tankers up to 15,000 tons, general product carriers, high-tech marine research vessels, 1500-2100 cbm super tuna purse seiners, high speed patrol boats and tug boats and are also into Dry docking & Maintenance, Steel Repairs, Engine Repairs, Paint Shop and Electrical Repairs.

He stated that team CFFK was in the Academy to discuss with Academy’s Management possible ways of collaboration in the area of establishing a dry dock and exchange programmes between the Maritime Academy of Nigeria, Oron and the Calcium Institute of Maritime.

Esin who intimated the Registrar that the company was in Nigeria to negotiate the acquisition of shares in the Brass LNG has the express permission of the Agricultural Minister to inspect the Ebughu Fishing Terminal in Mbo Local Government Area and the  Ferry Service between Calabar and Oron.

He decried the fact that the companies that have been moribund for several years now could solve unemployment related issues for professionals in the area as well as ensure the full exploitation of the maritime potentials embedded in the area.

He further informed the Registrar that the Chairman of the Ching Fu Shipbuilding Company will be visiting the Academy next year but added that it would be considerable for a team from the  Academy to visit the company’s facility before then to see for themselves the services the company is capable of providing as well as ascertain their competence.