Stena and Sonangol launch a world class maritime training facility in Angola

On August 27th the Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) was officially launched by top management from Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company and the Stena Group of Sweden. The CFMA is a world class maritime training facility, the first of its kind in Angola and the most modern maritime campus in Africa.

The campus will be an internationally recognized centre of excellence, linked through Stena to leading maritime institutions in Europe and Asia in order to deliver marine education, training and certification to Angolan seafarers in order to satisfy Sonangol’s and Angola’s future requirements for marine expertise.

The maritime campus is built on an imposing green field site close to Sumbe on the coast approximately 360 km south of Luanda and is completely self-contained. Up to 200 students per year will have the opportunity to study at the centre, starting with the first year in Angola and the second year in Glasgow.


Mr. Baiona, Sonangol and Dan Sten Olsson, Stena Group

Cadets at the Maritime Training Centre
Stena and Sonangol are already co-operating through the Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool, which since 2005 operates a pool of large crude oil tankers (today 23 vessels) from four offices worldwide. In 2008 a second partnership was formed between Stena and Sonangol Shipping to design, create and build the centre, which will be managed from the outset by the maritime faculty of City of Glasgow College, one of Europe’s foremost maritime training institutions.

"The development of the Maritime Training Centre has been a natural step for Stena Bulk in our close relation with Sonangol where education has been one of the fundamental questions since we started our Joint Venture through Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool," says Erik Hånell, CEO Stena Bulk. “The investment in the project by Sonangol and Stena will ensure the long term success of the project, and will also bring added value by employing people from the surrounding area, and therefore contribute to the local economy and infrastructure to the benefit of the life condition of the local community,” adds Erik Hånell.

Northern Marine Management, a Glasgow based wholly owned Stena Company, led the project management team responsible for the design, build and pre-operational phase of the CFMA, and delivery of the state of the art Campus. City of Glasgow College will ensure compliance with the highest maritime academic standards and lead CFMA to develop Angolan STCW certification and support IMO ‘white list’ accreditation.

The ceremony 27th of August 2014
Attending at the opening were the owner and CEO of the Stena Group, Mr. Dan Sten Olsson as well as Mr. Erik Hånell, President and CEO, Stena Bulk, Mr. Claes Davidsson, Chairman Northern Marine Group and Kevin Slade, Director, Northern Marine Management. Sonangol management included Mr. Miguel Baltazar, President of the Sonangol Academy and head of Sonangol Shipping Mr. Mark Heater.

About the centre
Important milestones
  • Formation of AMTSL, a Stena/Sonangol Shipping Joint Venture company specifically formed to design and build CFMA – November 2008.
  • Construction General Contractor Mota – Engil was appointed on 17th May 2010.
  • The City of Glasgow College contract was signed on 19th August 2010.
  • Laying the Foundation Stone Ceremony 6th April 2011.
  • Full completion of campus works December 2013.
  • First intake of cadet trainees on Sunday 19th January 2014.

Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola

Looking forward
The intake of Cadet Trainees for Sonangol Shipping will be the first of a stream of highly skilled and internationally qualified Angolan seafarers for Sonangol and the local maritime and offshore industries. During the first five years trainee numbers will be progressively increased with the potential to also offer many short and specialized courses to the wider maritime industry. A major component of the program will be to develop Angolan professional maritime academic staff that will eventually be fully responsible for managing and operating CFMA.

AMTSL will continue to provide oversight, guidance and direction to CFMA, with strategic funding where necessary, to ensure all training delivered by the Angolan College is of the highest international standard. The ultimate aim is to not only provide the academic basis for Angola to join the ‘White List’ of Countries assessed by IMO as being able to deliver training to STCW standards, and thus able to issue Maritime Certificates of Competency in it’s own right, but to a standard recognised by all as the equivalent to those of the leading Maritime Nations.

CFMA is already a member of the Stena Association of Maritime Institutes (STAMI), a group of eight of the World’s leading Maritime Training Institutes who educate and train Stena’s seafarers and who are committed to leading and sharing excellence in maritime competence and certification.

For more information, please contact:

Erik Hånell
President and CEO, Stena Bulk    

Phone: +46 31 855 002
Mobile: +46 704 855 002
erik.hanell@stenabulk.com

Kevin Slade
Director, Northern Marine Management
Responsible for the CFMA Project
Phone: +44 141 876 3030
Mobile: +44 7789 630030
kevin.slade@stena.com

With offices in six countries, Stena Bulk is one of the world’s leading tanker shipping companies. The company controls a combined fleet of around 100 tankers. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere, which has more than 20,500 employees and sales of SEK 54 billion. www.stenabulk.com

Northern Marine Management,
a wholly owned Stena Company, is based in Glasgow, Scotland, and provides ship management services to the Stena Group and selected external clients through a global network of offices in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Gothenburg, St. Petersburg, Houston, Manila, Mumbai and Singapore. www.nmm-stena.com

Stena Sonangol
is a unique joint venture between Stena Bulk, a leading innovative tanker owner (and part of the Swedish privately owned Stena Sphere) and Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company that manages Angola's energy resources. The Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool was established 2005 with the objective to build up a large fleet of efficient, environmentally friendly and modern Suezmax tankers and to offer commercial and technical maritime training to Angolan citizens. Today the pool consists of 23 ultramodern tankers. Since it was established in 2005, the pool has exceptionally good results, topping indexes and generated better revenues than other competing pools. Stena Bulk’s offices in Houston, Gothenburg and Singapore are responsible for the operation and chartering of the vessels in the pool. The collaboration between Stena Bulk and Sonangol also includes a comprehensive training program where Sonangol employees are trained both on board tankers and at Stena Bulk’s offices. In addition, a new maritime academy has been designed and built in Angola, with Stena as sponsor. http://www.stenasonangol.com/home.mspx

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With offices in eight countries, Stena Bulk is a leading international tanker owner. The company has a controlled fleet of about 80 tankers. Stena Bulk is part of the Stena Sphere with more than 20 000 employees and a turnover of 6.5 billion USD. www.stenabulk.com

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On August 27th the Centro De Formação Maritima De Angola (CFMA) was officially launched by top management from Sonangol, the Angolan public sector energy company and the Stena Group of Sweden. The CFMA is a world class maritime training facility, the first of its kind in Angola and the most modern maritime campus in Africa.
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The development of the Maritime Training Centre has been a natural step for Stena Bulk in our close relation with Sonangol where education has been one of the fundamental questions since we started our Joint Venture through Stena Sonangol Suezmax Pool
Erik Hånell, CEO Stena Bulk
The investment in the project by Sonangol and Stena will ensure the long term success of the project, and will also bring added value by employing people from the surrounding area, and therefore contribute to the local economy and infrastructure to the benefit of the life condition of the local community
Erik Hånell, CEO Stena Bulk