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On Monday 28 May, Warsash Maritime Academy was honoured to host a visit by the Lord Mayor of the City of London. The visit was organised by Southampton Solent University and Maritime London, and was the first official visit by the Lord Mayor to Southampton - whose role includes promoting the UK’s financial and professional services around the world.
The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor, Alderman David Wootton met Officer Cadets sponsored by Maritime London, and they talked to him of their time at sea and at the Academy. He also toured the Warsash maritime campus, seeing at first hand the excellent training facilities at the Academy, including the full mission 270 degree bridge simulator and the liquid cargo operations simulator.
The Lord Mayor was accompanied on the tour by John Millican, Dean of the Maritime and Technology Faculty (MarTec) and Andrew Hair, Director of Warsash Maritime Academy. Andrew Hair commented, "We were delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor to Warsash Maritime Academy, giving us the opportunity to showcase the range of important maritime education and training that we provide here”
He then went on to visit Solent University’s Southampton campus where he was given a demonstration of the Towing Tank, a maritime testing facility that is used in conjunction with the University of Southampton.
At a working lunch the Lord Mayor, who will spend a third of his term in office overseas promoting the UK’s financial and professional services, spoke about the importance of the nation’s maritime sector.
He told local dignitaries, members of London Maritime, representatives from the City’s universities and the region’s business community, “I am proud to promote an industry in which we’ve always been at the forefront of growth, innovation and development. Our pool of expertise nurtured by our maritime educators is second to none.
“We face strong competition from maritime industry in the Far East, Germany, Norway, the USA and others. Thanks in part to the sophisticated specialist training and pioneering research work at Southampton Solent’s Maritime and Technology faculty and the University of Southampton’s Marine and Maritime Institute, we in the UK continue to provide the world’s leading source of expertise – including marine insurance, ship chartering, shipping finance, ship classification, legal and accounting services and dispute resolution.”
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