Maritime Campus

Philippine Navy Visits the PNTC
By Earl D.C. Bracamonte

Officers from the Philippine Fleet Training Center Headquarters of the Philippine Navy, under Commander Ruel S. Saonoy, Supt. PN (GSC) and course director Commander Rey Lopez, PN, recently paid a visit at the PNTC - Colleges inside historic Intramuros.
The Philippine Fleet's training center is stationed at the Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City's Sangley Point. This headquarter station is responsible for the training of enlisted men to become ship captains. The informational visit was, thus, very relevant to the enlisted officers 2-month 'Command at Sea' course.
“We were looking at the possibility of the procurement of a simulator on ship landing and maneuver. It would very much enrich our naval tactics especially from the perspective of navy men, as against merchants at sea. This visit gave us an idea on the benefits of owning a simulator,” declared course director Commander Lopez.
Naval operations, while mostly confined on the open sea, includes inland seas and the rest of our territorial waters.
The said visit was initiated by Capt. Roberto Uy, owner of SUMAX, the entity who markets the Transas simulation software and dedicated hardware in the country. He gave the Navy officers a lecture-demonstration using the nautical school's Full Mission Bridge Simulator; giving each one a vicarious feel of a ship captain's deck.
Capt. Uy's lecture delved into several scenarios that could be programmed into the simulator. “We could input weather simulation; showing effects on the movement of wind and waves as well as on various sea states. This type of skill training can be very useful for Naval search & rescue operations in the open seas especially on foul weather. A simulator rectifies errors that can be avoided at sea. This acquired knowledge is essential for maritime travel especially on the avoidance of accidents. The onset, too, of the alpha radar was a very important breakthrough.
“However, to be truly effective in learning from simulation, we have to set the limit for reaction time. So that when errors happen, you can always go back to where miscalculations happened and rectify them. The good thing is, since it's only a simulation, no human lives were hurt. In New Zealand, simulation is used in training for missile guns.
“Collision regulations must be met with precision. The Automatic Identification System (AIS) is the best anti-collision system available in the market today. It is used in contacting targets on the collision course. The AIS should be on board all ships at sea for accuracy in pinpointing an impending disaster and eventually averting it,” stressed Capt. Uy.
The PNTC is one of over a hundred nautical schools across the country, but only one of a handful with state-of-the-art equipment.
“The Navy's ocular visit in our bridge simulator room afforded them a first-hand feel of the machine as well as the other facilities of the school. PNTC has been in existence for the past 15 years now and we're fully equipped in facilities and the latest gadgetry relevant to nautical training. We are honored that the Philippine Naval Fleet trainees chose to visit our school from among the many maritime colleges in the archipelago,” enthused Frederick Pios, the school's VP for Corporate Affairs.
Established as the Philippine Nautical Training Institute in 1994, the school metamorphosed into the Philippine Nautical and Technological Colleges in 2002. With a sprawling campus in Dasmarinas, Cavite, PNTC's Manila campus is located on the 5th to the 7th floors of the Intramuros Corporate Plaza Building along Recoletos Street in Manila's famed Walled City.
For further information, simply call (+46) 686-4440; (+46) 416-5111; (+46) 416-2584 or get in touch with Frederick Pios through mobile nos. 0918-9005559 and 0922-8811249 or email


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