The Nippon Foundation’s “Enhancing Coast Guard Capability in Micronesian States” Program is supporting the training of six officers from the Division of Maritime Security and Fish & Wildlife Protection (DMSFWP).
Six officers (Three engineers, Three electrician) participated in the training at PSS KEDAM’s main engine manufacturer’s training center in Singapore to studying main engine structure and maintenance skills (15 days) or main engine control and electrical system inspection skill (10 days).
Engineers or electricians who have studied in this training are expected to utilize the knowledge acquired in regular maintenance of KEDAM and in investigating the cause of failure.
This is essential for maintaining the operation of KEDAM and is extremely important as it is directly linked to the surveillance of Palau’s EEZ.
The Nippon Foundation has been contributing to Palau’s maritime safety by supporting the cost necessary for the operation of the provided KEDAM and small patrol boats (fuel, maintenance, and satellite communication costs), as well as providing training for the officer on vessel operation and maintenance.
The Nippon Foundation expects them to pass on their knowledge and skills to other officers.