Students overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, starting their journey a year late.
On November 17, the NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA), a merchant marine academy jointly operated by NYK and the Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)* near Manila, Philippines, held a commencement ceremony for 96 students, the academy’s 12th batch of graduates.
NYK President Takaya Soga, NYK Representative Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer Nobuhiro Kashima, and TDG Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado participated in the ceremony together with invited guests of honor that included Kazuhiko Koshikawa, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary of Japan to the Republic of the Philippines, and Vice-Admiral Hernani N. Fabia, administrator of the Philippines Maritime Industry Authority.
Front row; Second from right, Katsuhiko Haruna, executive officer of NYK; Fifth from right, Hiroshi Kubota, managing executive officer at NYK; Sixth from right, Nobuhiro Kashima, senior managing executive officer at NYK; Seventh from right, Daisuke Nihei, Embassy of Japan Minister for Economic Affairs; Eighth from right, Takaya Soga, president of NYK; Ninth from right, Hernani N. Fabia, vice-admiral and administrator of the Philippines Maritime Industry Authority; Eleventh from right, J. Roberto C. Delgado, president of TDG; Thirteenth from right, Nieves R. Confesor, president of NTMA; Seventeenth from right, Hiroaki Ohashi, executive officer of NYK and Eighteenth from right Capt. Kenji Hongan, NYK-FIL Ship Management, Inc.
Takaya Soga – President, NYK Line
Mark Joseph D. Bilog – Recipient of Class 2022 NYK-TDG Award of Excellence
J. Roberto C. Delgado – Founder and Group Chairman, Transnational Diversified Group
The cap toss by graduates
In his congratulatory speech, Soga said, “NYK Line, in its 138 years of existence, has survived countless crises and adversities. I believe that your academy has prepared you to face the world outside its halls because you experienced the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic. I hope that you will carry on the legacy of your predecessors and make the most of your strengths and abilities.” He then gave words of encouragement to the graduates.
NTMA was quick to minimize the impact of the coronavirus on onboard training by switching to online classes and rescheduling practical classes to ensure students’ safety and avoid missing opportunities to study, even though dormitory life and on-campus classes were halted at the time due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, the unprecedented global upheaval could not be avoided, and graduation was delayed by one year.
NYK was the first Japanese company to establish a maritime academy in the Philippines, and NTMA is currently celebrating its 16th anniversary since opening in 2007. The academy has established a student loan program to provide a higher education for students who might find it financially challenging to pursue such a degree.
A total of 1,456 students have now graduated from NTMA since the academy opened, and most graduates are actively engaged as officers or engineers on NYK-operated ships. In fact, in April 2021 an NTMA graduate rose to the rank of captain of an NYK vessel for the first time, and in April 2022 an NTMA graduate became the first from the school to reach the rank of chief engineer on an NYK ship. Additionally, many of our graduates are active in important land positions that play a role in safe ship operations, and their fields of activity have spread to important bases such as Japan, Singapore, and Australia.
Going forward, the NYK Group will continue to make use of the knowledge gained through the seafarer education provided at NTMA to train even more talented Filipino seafarers and conduct training at major locations around the world, including Singapore.
Outline of NYK-TDG Maritime Academy (NTMA)
Established: June 3, 2007
Number of students: 120 per academic year in two academic disciplines, 60 in marine navigation and 60 in marine engineering
Instructors and staff: About 70
Location: Canlubang, Calamba City (a suburban city about a one-hour drive from Manila)
Curriculum: Four years (three years of academic study and one year of onboard training) Mission: To foster global seafarers through higher education by focusing on building an individual’s sense of humanity and providing training in practical maritime technologies
* Transnational Diversified Group (TDG)
A business group established by Chairman J. Roberto C. Delgado. Business activities include vessel agent services, seafarer manning, training and cadet education, as well as other logistics businesses. TDG and NYK have maintained a cooperative relationship since the establishment of TDG.
On March 10, 2023, the NYK Group released its medium-term management plan “Sail Green, Drive Transformations 2026 — A Passion for Planetary Wellbeing.” The NYK Group is promoting growth strategies with ESG at the core, based on the Group’s mission statement of “Bringing value to life” and a new corporate vision for 2030, which reads, “we go beyond the scope of a comprehensive global logistics enterprise to co-create value required for the future by advancing our core business and growing new ones.”