Two of the leading Maltese maritime training and contingency management training organisations will be offering a new set of integrated courses from 2021 after agreeing a memorandum of understanding earlier this month.

The Mediterranean Maritime Research and Training Centre (MaritimeMT) and the International Safety Training College (ISTC ) will be creating a new set of courses covering both maritime training and the oil & gas sectors offering some of the highest training standards in these industry sectors from January 2021.

MaritimeMT, founded by the Malta Maritime Pilots in 2010, currently offers online and classroom training courses for local and foreign ports with curriculum designed specifically for Ship Masters, Tug Masters, Ships’ Officers, Naval Officers and Cadets. Over the coming months, MaritimeMT will be developing its fire-fighting courses with the current ISTC ones to generate a new range of integrated training offerings.

Andrea Lodolo, CEO of MaritimeMT, sees the new partnership with ISTC as a significant indicator of Malta’s strength in training for seafarers and other maritime personnel.

“This memorandum is an indication of the future of our training and the desire we have to offer the highest standards of online and face-to-face training for the maritime industry. ISTC has an enviable reputation in the aviation, fire and offshore sectors and we are partnering with them to create series of courses that reflect the strengths of both of our operations. ISTC holds a wide range of globally recognised accreditations in the maritime, aviation, oil and gas and fire service industries.

“With an increasing demand for MaritimeMT courses, we also need to expand and offer a wider range of courses that also cater for a maritime world that is coming to terms with a return to operations following the global pandemic. We will be creating courses that work for both organisations and showcase the talent and experience we both have to offer candidates. This is an opportunity we both could not pass up and we are delighted at MaritimeMT to establish stronger links with another Maltese training provider.”

MaritimeMT offers STCW training & certification; ship handling courses and bespoke training for both seafarers or and shore based personnel and MaritimeMT is fully accredited by DNV-GL as a Training Centre facility and by Transport Malta to deliver training as per the STCW convention.

The ISTC is one of the leading proponents of training courses in emergency response, contingency management, fire safety, and health and safety. They specialise in marine, aviation, fire and offshore training and this new link will enable both organisations to develop joint new courses relating to the maritime and specialised fields they both operate in. The new courses for 2021 will comprise a mixture of online and classroom training and will make use of the superb training facilities in Malta offered by MaritimeMT and the ISTC .

Kevin Keeler, International Sales Director of ISTC believes the new partnership will be of mutual benefit to both organisations as demand for more specialist and intensive maritime training develops.

“MaritimeMT has an excellent reputation in maritime training and we see this relationship as helping to create an even more comprehensive set of courses designed specifically for those working in the maritime, aviation, offshore and land-based sectors we both work in. It is an opportunity to combine the skills and knowledge of two training organisations to offer a detailed set of courses we will develop together.”

Feature photo caption: Andrea Lodolo, CEO of MaritimeMT (left) and Kevin Keeler, International Sales Director of ISTC (right) at MaritimeMT’s Centre.


Launched in May 2018, the MaritimeMT brand builds on the work and experience of the Mediterranean Maritime Research and Training Centre (MMRTC), which was established in July 2010 as the training arm of the Malta Maritime Pilots (MMP) Co-operative Society Ltd.

Established in March 2003, the Malta Maritime Pilots Co-operative Ltd.  provides efficient marine pilotage services to the two main ports of Malta – the Grand Harbour and the Port of Marsaxlokk, as well as two smaller ports – that of Marsamxett and the Port of Mġarr, Gozo. It also provides consultancies relevant to pilotage, navigation and sea-faring. In 2019 the Co-operative provided more than 8,437 pilot services to vessels entering Maltese Ports.

MaritimeMT has been since its inception a DNV-GL Certified facility with full accreditation as a maritime training centre from Transport Malta. The centre is a one-stop shop for training, education, information, research and ancillary services for seafarers and shore-based personnel.

The holistic maritime curriculum that is constantly under review and development continues to strengthen the Training Centre’s position as a hub that caters for the needs not only of the Malta maritime sector but also of the International maritime community. This is done through the provision of STCW Training & certification; Ship Handling courses; Commercial Vessels accredited training, Super Yacht courses and any other bespoke training whether for seafarers or for shore based personnel.


On the 6th of October 2019 MaritimeMT officially moved its operations into the new Training Centre facility in Ħal Far, inaugurated by the Prime Minister of Malta, Dr Joseph Muscat.

The new centre has 2 Full Manoeuvring Bridge simulators that are used for training, research and consultancy. These simulators, which are intuitive and offer real-time navigation, are run in conjunction with MARIN (Maritime Research Institute Netherlands) and are approved by Det Norske Veritas (DNV-GL). The simulators are also complimented by 5 Kelvin Hughes ECDIS Simulators plus a 5 station GMDSS Simulator for Radio Communication training and a 2 station Liquid Cargo Simulator for Advanced Oil Tanker Training, both installed and powered by Konsberg, one of the sector’s leading provider of equipment and technology on board vessels.

In addition there are 7 immersive classrooms, a seamanship workshop, an engineering workshop and a hospitality training facility in the form of a galley with a deck that mimics the realities found on board super yachts. Phase 2 of our project will see the construction of a survival pool, crew accommodation & facilities as well as more immersive classrooms and office space.


ISTC was founded in 2000 and registered as a college in 2012. The International Safety Training College currently operates two leading centres in Malta and Libya which provide consultancy and training to the highest professional standards in firefighting, emergency response, disaster management, offshore and marine survival, fire safety, health & safety and first aid. ISTC is Malta’s pre-eminent training centre focusing upon emergency response, disaster management, health, safety and the environment.

The unique training facilities have been specifically designed to satisfy the learning outcomes required for the aviation, oil and gas, and marine industries, amongst others. These facilities are contained within a large incident ground where risk critical training is undertaken on a daily basis.

Our consultants can travel to wherever you are in the world to provide a personal consultancy service. Services include design and testing of emergency and disaster management plans, training needs analysis and subsequent training delivery, risk assessments, and health & safety audits.

Our consultancy services enable customers to meet their legal requirements, while strengthening a safety culture at work and improving the skills of their employees. Business proposals submitted by our consultants are tailor-made. Depending on your needs, services and/or training can be undertaken in-country or at our state-of the art centres in Malta and Libya, and delivered in any language.

Our elite accreditations mean that whatever training your personnel require, you can be assured that it is internationally recognised and delivered by highly qualified and experienced personnel at ISTC.

We have successfully delivered services to a long list of high calibre clients, which includes shell, Halliburton, British petroleum, Schlumberger and Exxon Mobil. ISTC has delivered training for clients from all over the world, acquiring a proven track record of preventing accidents and saving lives in emergency situations in some of the most hostile environments on earth.