MISC Spreads Awareness on Maritime Industry Among School Students during World Maritime Week 2017

The inaugural MISC Maritime Education Programme for WMW 2017 provided opportunity for students to learn and discover more about MISC and the shipping industry

20 students and four teachers from SMK Convent Bukit Nanas and St. John's Institution took part in a special Maritime Education Programme organised by MISC on 6 September 2017 in conjunction with the Malaysia World Maritime Week (MWMW) 2017. The programme was aligned with MISC's Sustainability Strategy, under the Community Pillar which focuses on investing in the next generation through education and is aimed to increase awareness on the maritime industry amongst the youth as well as to build their interest on maritime-related careers.

Held at the Exhibition Hall on Level 3, Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, the teachers and students were greeted by MISC staff volunteers upon their arrival in the morning, followed by a briefing session regarding their schedule and activities for the day.

The students and teachers were then ushered to the Plenary Theatre to attend the launch of Malaysia Seafarers' Day 2017 celebration and the TN50 dialogue session with the Deputy Minister of Transport, YB Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi, as the Guest of Honour. Both events saw a full house participation. The theme for the TN50 dialogue session is "Spurring Maritime Profession" and served as a platform to engage with the younger generation in addressing their views and aspirations towards the maritime industry.

Seafarers and cadets who attended the session shared their suggestions and ideas that intrigued the panelists including the Deputy Minister of Transport. Among the suggestions were for the government to focus more on seafarers' welfare and promoting more employment in this ever evolving maritime industry. Other aspirations raised by the audience includes to provide more cadetship training opportunities and to create awareness in increasing the number of female seafarers by the year 2050.

The students were then brought back to the exhibition hall to participate in the Quiz activity. They were given about 45 minutes to answer a set of questions on MISC as well as the maritime industry. The students visited MISC's exhibition booth to learn more about the Company and our contribution to the industry as well as explored our ship and asset models to get the answers.

During this session, the students had the opportunity to ask questions and seek guidance on any shipping-related advice or challenges faced in the maritime-related careers from MISC staff and seafarers on duty. The students were given the chance to experience on how to operate a ship by using the Ship Simulator. Through this activity, the students have gained better understanding of MISC and the maritime industry.

All the answers were discussed once the activity ended and each participant were rewarded with a special memento for their keenness and enthusiasm in completing the activity. Certificate of Participation for the students were also presented to the teachers representing each school.

In general, the programme met its objective in creating awareness amongst the younger generation and received positive feedback from all the students. This shows that this initiative has successfully increased their understanding of the maritime industry as well as enhanced their interest in maritime-related careers. Aligned with MISC's mission, we shall continue to strive in creating positive difference to the lives of communities.

Students from SMK Convent Bukit Nanas exploring the simulator to feel the "first-hand" experience sailing a ship in the open sea.