The appointment of Capt. Julius Valladares as Director of Training and Internal Audit at Galileo marks the start of its’ planned expansion from being the principal superyacht
crew training facility in Asia to becoming the Asia Pacific centre for professional seafarers
across the cruise, merchant and offshore oil & gas industries.
Capt. Julius has extensive sea experience along with many years spent in training and management
roles in maritime academies. He will introduce ancillary technical and safety courses such as
ECDIS, HELM, GMDSS and several others in conjunction with the preparation of appropriate programmes
of education and training to meet the MCA approved vocational and academic standards
for OOW and Master qualifications.
We believe that his avant-garde approach will benefit GMA greatly in developing training courses
that set the industry standard for safety and operational excellence and also ensure that Galileo
Maritime Academy continues to meet and exceed industry quality standards.
He has previously designed courses and obtained flag state approval as:
He is a Master Mariner whose Certificate of Competency on Foreign Going Vessels, unlimited tonnage, and all his Certificates of Competencies have been issued by MCA in the United Kingdom.
Capt. Julius has received several top industry awards for his high quality of training and his work in developing and delivering outstanding ECDIS courses.
Galileo Maritime Academy currently provides more than 30 courses including 20 MCA approved basic and advanced STCW courses, as well as marine engineering, ISPS security and vessel stability courses. Among a wide range of new commercial courses planned for introduction over the next 12 months are:
The Chairman and CEO of Galileo Maritime Academy, Anthony Gould, commented, “ We are determined to introduce during 2020 the various MCA courses that are required by officers progressing to OOW and Master qualification and to establish a Bridge Management Simulator School to serve the Asia Pacific region. Our appointment of Capt. Julius Valladares brings a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge to this vital part of GMA’s business so that we can continue to
provide practical and realistic training experiences to ship’s officers from all around the world.
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