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Nippon Survival Training Center

In April 2011, Nissui Marine Industries Co., Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of Nissui, established the Nippon Survival Training Center (NSTC), the first private marine survival training complex in the country. By providing marine survival training in accordance with global standards, the NSTC equips people that work on the seas with the knowledge, skills, and training to make rational decisions and take appropriate action in the event of an accident, thereby contributing to safety and the preservation of life.

Protecting the lives of people working in marine industries

Fishing is not the only marine-related job that is dangerous. There are in fact many jobs in ocean transport, marine resource development, and a host of other marine industries that are accompanied by life-threatening risks. Recently, the number of people in Japan who die or go missing in accidents at sea has risen to around 200 per year, which is not an insignificant number. The NSTC offers marine safety training and survival skill courses for people working in all sorts of marine-related occupations with the goal of reducing the human cost in these professions. of marine industries.

One international organization devoted to marine safety education is the Offshore Petroleum Industry Training Organization (OPITO). Established in the UK in 1991, the OPITO has become the benchmark for international standards. It was established in the wake of an offshore drilling accident in the United Kingdom in 1988. As of March 2011, 113 facilities in 32 countries have obtained OPITO certification. As for countries in Asia, however, only facilities in Malaysia had obtained OPITO certification. Hence, up until now, Japanese citizens had to be trained overseas to receive a certificate of OPITO course completion.

photo:Nippon Survival Training Center
photo:Nippon Survival Training Center

The NSTC, however, was screened and cleared by the OPITO this October, so now people who wish to go through OPITO training courses can complete them in Japan. The trainers at the NSTC are highly-experienced in search, rescue, and survival, most of whom gained such skills with the Japan Self-Defense Forces, with the Japan Coast Guard, and/or as firefighters. Courses in OPITO training are available in English or Japanese. In addition, the NSTC frequently collaborates with the University of Kitakyushu, chiefly in the development of marine rescue robots.

As for the training facilities, the NSTC has a training wing in the Tobata district that houses a pool as well as a lifeboat staging area that serve as a marine survival training center, plus a firefighting training facility in the Wakamatsu district. The training pool is 14 by 14 meters with a depth of 5 meters. It is in this pool that trainees are put in realistic situations in which they learn underwater escape, how to properly fit on a life jacket, how to operate a life raft, the proper posture to prevent injury when jumping into the water while wearing a life jacket, and other tactics needed in the event that a helicopter lands in or goes down on water. At the life boat staging facility, trainees learn how to board and deboard life boats that are lowered to the water from the main vessel by wires using a davit system as well as life boats that are dropped freefall into the water. The firefighting training facility has a firefighting training area, a firefighting staging helipad for practice, a firefighting/escape tower, and a high-level escape training deck, each of which provide realistic training in firefighting.

Since its founding, Nissui has always been involved in marine-related businesses. As such, ensuring the safety of marine workers in the event of accidents or natural disasters is just as important as job-training for marine personnel. With the aid of the NSTC, Nissui hopes to contribute further to the healthy development of marine industries.

The Global Fisheries Program

For the purpose of contributing to the development of the marine industry in New Zealand, Nissui provides in-house training for young Maori, a minority group of the nation.

We have accepted 1 or 2 trainee(s) every year since 2002. During the one-year training, trainees visit or stay in fish farms and research facilities nationwide to participate in practical work and lectures ranging from catching, farming, processing, selling and distributing. The training program also focuses on understanding Japanese culture and consumer's needs as well as Japanese language study.

Trainees who have completed the training return to New Zealand, and actively engage in the home marine industry and other relevant businesses.