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RMIPA Director Receives IAP Designation

RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum receiving his Certificate of Completion for the Airport Safety Management System Implementation. The SMS course was the final course needed to successfully complete the AMPAP Programme

RMIPA Director Jack Chong-Gum receiving his Certificate of Completion for the Airport Safety Management System Implementation. The SMS course was the final course needed to successfully complete the AMPAP Programme

“The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP) is a strategic initiative born from a partnership between Airports Council International (ACI) and International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), launched in March 2007. In recognizing the challenges and complexity that constitute airport management, AMPAP seeks to develop a new generation of airport leaders in all functional areas of the airport business, promote the adherence to the highest professional standards and effective sharing of best managerial practices—all in a cross-cultural, highly interactive learning environment. Successful completion provides its candidates with the opportunity to broaden their career horizons as they earn the ACI-ICAO International Airport Professional (IAP) designation.” IAP candidates are required to successfully complete four mandatory courses and two electives within a three-year time frame. The curriculum for the AMPAP Mandatory Courses is based on expertise requirements in principal areas of functional airport management and the need to heighten and expand awareness of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices. The four AMPAP mandatory courses focus on targeted expertise:

  • Air Transport System (classroom/face-to-face)
  • Airport Operations, Safety and Security (online)
  • Airport Planning, Development and Environmental Management (online)
  • Airport Commercial and Financial Management (online)

RMIPA Board Chairman David Paul wrote, “I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate our Executive Director (ED) for having successfully completing “The Global ACI-ICAO Airport Management Professional Accreditation Programme (AMPAP). This surely demonstrates his commitment to be better in what he does and continue to stay ahead of the curve to remain relevant and effective in what he does as ED. Once again Congratulations and keep up the good work!!!”

Please click IAP_PE_Chong-Gum to see congratulatory letter from IAP’s Programme Executive confirming Chong-Gum’s earning of the professional IAP designation.


Port of Majuro Master Plan Progress

Representatives of various shipping and fishing companies, Majuro Stevedoring and Terminal Company, Mobil Oil Micronesia, as well as other port stakeholders, gathered at Marshall Islands Resort on Friday, December 13, to hear and discuss preliminary conclusions and recommendations associated with the ongoing Port of Majuro Master Plan. Captain Joe Tiobech, assistant director of RMIPA, who opened the meeting, expressed the intent of RMIPA to gain insights of local stakeholders and welcomed any comments to the preliminary information provided by Lyon Associates, Inc., the consultants retained by RMIPA to prepare the plan.

Key port stakeholders at the recent port master plan meeting in Majuro.

Lyon Associates representatives Sean Dunckel and Jim Pedersen, initially provided an overview of the master plan progress and explained how port stakeholders and the general public will be able to access the soon-to-be published draft master plan report.  The draft Port of Majuro Master Plan will become available in early 2014 via RMIPA’s new website

Their subsequent presentation outlined preliminary conclusions, port improvement objectives, and specific strategies tied to achieving those objectives.  The findings of the Lyon Associates team included conclusions and recommendations associated with Calalin Channel, port fairway, and vessel moorage area; Uliga Dock; Delap Dock; port management, operations and maintenance, and related economic development opportunities.

A substantive discussion of the recommended port improvement objectives and strategies followed the Lyon Associates team presentation.  Constructive comments and insights were shared and discussed by meeting participants.  Their insights will help enable the refinement of the consultant’s preliminary conclusions and recommendations.

The update of the master plan progress, as well as preliminary conclusions and recommendations, was subsequently presented and discussed with the RMIPA Board of Directors and executives staff on Friday, December 13.  The Board of Directors provided further comments and insights based upon their knowledge of port issues and operations, and their vision for future port improvements.  During this meeting, the RMIPA was also led through a prioritization of recommended port improvement objectives to facilitate the consultant’s scheduling of more specific port improvement strategies.

Consultants for the Majuro Port Master Plan with the RMIPA Director.