Capt Kenneth Khoo
Capt. KENNETH KHOO LM.I.K, a Malaysian Master Mariner, is the Co-Founder and Owner of Sealestial Marine Group of Companies with operations in Kota Kinabalu (KK), Miri and Melaka. He is also the Head of Seamaster Simulator Centre in KK, equipped with state-of-the-art Marine Simulators used in maritime and the oil and gas (O&G) industry.
Due to his passion for developing local talent, he has been involved in the training and certification of over 8,000 local and foreign seafarers, shipping executives, O&G-related professionals and port-related employees. With over 20 years of experience in coaching, training and educating young as well as adult participants, aided by his extensive knowledge and experience onboard ocean-going ships as an ex-Captain, he is dedicated in achieving excellence. This was proven by him owning the youngest approved maritime training institute in the country but yet winning the award for “Best Performer – Maritime Training Institute” at the Malaysia World Maritime Week in 2018.
With strong business acumen, he has transformed Sealestial Marine into one of the most profitable maritime training institutes in the country post-Covid-19. This was aided by his institute being among the first in the world to have conducted a fully online Cloud Simulation-related maritime training, approved by the Government and accepted internationally. In 2023, there are plans to expand regionally and cover the areas of BIMP-EAGA.
Due to his commitment to the highest standards of competence, professionalism and ethics, he was elected President of The Malaysian Maritime Education & Training Association (MyMET) in 2018 and served for two terms until 2022. Thereafter, he will focus on his business and personal development.
Apart from managing Sealestial Marine, he is actively involved in developing capacity building and human resources in the maritime industry, particularly in East Malaysia. He is part of various committees involved in local seafarers’ training requirements, career development and continuous professional development (CPD). He has done studies for the Maritime Institute of Malaysia (MIMA) and was a speaker at various national and regional maritime-related events.
Recently via Sealestial Marine, he became the founding member of the AVIATION, MARITIME and OIL & GAS EduHub @ Aeropod, KK (A.M.O.G [email protected]), an inter-disciplined education and skills training hub for the BIMP-EAGA region.
Originally from Melaka, he currently resides in Kota Kinabalu and travels regularly between East and West Malaysia in undertaking the Group’s extensive services that benefit the industry in the region.
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