ISWAN is delighted to welcome IKMAL as a new member.
The Ikhtisas Kelautan Malaysia (IKMAL), the Association of Malaysia's Maritime Professionals – is a maritime professional body for those who are engaged in the maritime sector in Malaysia. IKMAL was established in 1985 and is aimed at seagoing and shore-based officers holding certificates of competency (CoC) or a degree in maritime-biased studies.
IKMAL's primary objective is to "represent, promote and protect the interests and welfare of IKMAL's registered members by complying with generally recognised international standard operating procedures which will be monitored by its permanent Secretariat through its international links and affiliations worldwide." Its activities include conducting maritime conferences, seminars and forums, as well as publishing a biannual Journal called "Maritime Malaysia". This year IKMAL celebrated 30 years of existence.
IKMAL opted to be a member of ISWAN so as to facilitate its members with readily-available assistance should it be required, wherever they may be around the globe, as well as to reciprocate this help to others in need when in Malaysia.
In November 2015, IKMAL established a Seafarers' Education Fund (SEF) with an initial seed fund of RM 50000.00 (approximately £7,800 GBP). The objective is to assist IKMAL Members in enhancing their competencies and to improve their career mobility.
For World Maritime Day 2015, IKMAL organised an International Conference entitled "Maritime Education and Training - Impact & Prospects for Stakeholders" as well as holding a Golf Tournament.