Permanent Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Energy and Interim Managing Director of the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam Haji Azhar Haji Yahya (seated 3rd R) and Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook (C) with officials and officers at the Maritime Talent Pipeline Achievement Ceremony. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Brunei Gas Carriers (BGC) has inked an agreement with Brunei Maritime Academy (BMA) under the Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE), in its bid to further strengthen and nurture the local workforce in the maritime industry.

The memorandum of understanding is hoped to support the learning of future mariners by providing an avenue for experienced BGC officers to become adjunct lecturers, said Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook at the Maritime Talent Pipeline Achievement Ceremony yesterday.

Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook delivering his opening remarks at the Maritime Talent Pipeline Achievement Ceremony held at The Empire Brunei. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook (L) and Acting CEO of IBTE Dr Hj Mohammad Zamri Hj Sabli (R) signing an MoU as Permanent Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Energy and Interim Managing Director of the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam Haji Azhar Haji Yahya looks on. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

“…further fuelling the talent pipeline for potential future seafarers. It is also aimed to help cultivate sustainable development of Brunei’s maritime industry and increase initiatives to boost local employment,” he said.

Moreover, the event also saw the promotion of seven BGC Ship Officers, one of whom has achieved the rank of a Captain and the first under its own management since the completion of BGC’s Ship Management Transition.

“At BGC, we take pride in our highly-qualified seafarers, as behind every safe and reliable operation is our most important asset – our people,” he added, noting that the promotions are a major accomplishment and a clear demonstration that BGC is progressing in the right direction.

Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook (L) and Acting CEO of IBTE Dr Hj Mohammad Zamri Hj Sabli (R) exchanging the signed MoU, witnessed by Permanent Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Energy and Interim Managing Director of the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam Haji Azhar Haji Yahya. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

Cook also said that a key aspect of BGC is the development of Bruneian seafarers from cadet level all the way up to senior management, in accordance with international standards, making them marketable in the global arena.

Furthermore, the company also feted five new cadets into its Marine Cadetship Programme after successfully completing a series of grueling assessments and interviews.

“It is imperative for our industry to continually develop strategies that ensure safety, not only for the raw materials that are being transported but also for its people,” said the managing director, highlighting Brunei’s heritage in maritime trade history.

BGC’s Fleet Manager Captain Abdul Mateen Abdurrahman Liew seen placing insignia on the shoulders of the newly-promoted ship officers. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
BGC’s Fleet Manager Captain Abdul Mateen Abdurrahman Liew (C) with the newly-promoted ship officers. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

BGC has always been a believer in local talent investment and continuously supported the initiative of His Majesty’s government to see the involvement of locals.

The delivery of its A-Class vessels Amani in 2014 and Amadi in 2015 where 98 per cent of the ships’ crew were Bruneian seafarers, was one of BGC’s proudest achievements featuring the country’s own people.

The company was awarded its full-term Document of Compliance (DOC) in June 2019 after a series of successful audits by Bureau Veritas on behalf of the Maritime and Port Authority of Brunei Darussalam.

Managing Director of BGC John Douglas Cook (5th L) and Permanent Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Energy and Interim Managing Director of the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam Haji Azhar Haji Yahya (7th R) with the newly-signed cadets along with their parents. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

With the DOC award, BGC is recognised as a fully-fledged ship owner and manager in its own right and the first local deep-water shipping company in the sultanate.

In attendance to witness the ceremony was Permanent Secretary of Energy at the Ministry of Energy and Interim Managing Director of the Petroleum Authority of Brunei Darussalam Haji Azhar Haji Yahya.

One of the newly-signed cadets seen hugging his mother at the Maritime Talent Pipeline Achievement Ceremony. Image: Fazizul Haqimie
One of the newly-signed cadets seen with his parents at the Maritime Talent Pipeline Achievement Ceremony. Image: Fazizul Haqimie

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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