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MATPAL and TOTALTEC Establish a Strategic Alliance to Form the Maritime Safety Training Institute

Delivering world class safety and maritime training to develop a Guyanese workforce to lead in its emerging oil and gas industry and beyond

13 Dec 2018, Georgetown, Guyana - TOTALTEC is pleased to announce a strategic alliance between the MATPAL Marine Institute and the International Petroleum and Maritime Academy (IPMA, commonly known as the Academy) to form the Maritime Safety Training Institute (MSTI).

This alliance provides a new integrated training and educational program, geared to accelerating the development of a world class Guyanese workforce to participate in both our maritime industry and internationally.

MATPAL and TOTALTEC are pioneering Guyanese companies and market leaders in their respective training offering in Guyana. MATPAL is the only Guyanese training institution which offers maritime training courses which are certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). The Academy is the only training institution in Guyana which offers full immersion safety and operational training program into the oil and gas industry, including practical training on industry-specific equipment and machinery.

MSTI will develop state of the art facilities for maritime and safety related training. The new alliance is investing in Guyana’s future by employing industry certified instructors, equipment and new facilities to deliver all facets of this highly specialized training. Investments in training and development of Guyanese young men and women will be unparalleled, a strong commitment to investing in people to build a vibrant Guyanese workforce for this new industry.

The MATPAL courses offered through the alliance are certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), which is the United Nations specialized agency with responsibility for the safety and security of shipping and the prevention of marine and atmospheric pollution by ships. Alliance graduates will be certified to work in Guyana, regionally, and internationally in the petroleum and maritime industries.

‘IPMA’s training courses are mapped to the UK-based Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) and OPITO standards. OPITO is a global, not-for-profit, skills body for the energy industry”, said Lars Mangal, CEO of TOTALTEC. He continued, “In 2019, IPMA will be delivering courses which are fully certified by IOSH, along with progressing ISO 9001 certification and becoming an approved OPITO center.”

Maritime Safety Training Institute will accelerate the building of competence, local capacity and Guyanese capabilities to serve the oil & gas and maritime industries. Graduates will be ideally positioned and qualified to join international companies entering Guyana’s rapidly growing oil industry. You can contact MATPAL and register for the MSTI by emailing or by calling +592 226 5032. Visit the MATPAL website at


TOTALTEC Oilfield Services is focused on the success of the oil industry in Guyana for the benefit the country, its people, and partner companies. It does this through three areas: people, partnerships, and facilities. Qualified and motivated Guyanese develop through the Academy. Partnerships prioritize products and services that are starting points to grow from, in effectively introduce companies new to Guyana. The Guyana Shore Base facility is now supporting offshore operations.

The 96% Guyanese TOTALTEC workforce includes 8 nationalities with over 180 years of international oilfield experience.



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