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New officers pass out from WMA

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Warsash Maritime Academy’s 148 newest officers celebrated their achievement at the Summer Passing Out Ceremony at Southampton Guildhall on Saturday 15 June 2013.

The event marked the completion of a three-year training and education programme for navigation and engineering officer cadets at the Academy. The newly qualified officers will be embarking on their chosen careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the cruise, cargo, container, oil and gas sectors.

The event also welcomed representatives from many shipping organisations, friends and family of the officer cadets and Warsash Maritime Academy staff. The ceremony was filmed and streamed live via the Academy’s website so that officer cadets’ families could watch and enjoy the occasion live from around the world.

Andrew Hair, Director of the Academy said:  “The cadets have every reason to be proud, not only of what they have achieved during the last three years, but also of the importance of the work they have been trained to do. Their skills and expertise, and those of other professional mariners like them, will sustain the world’s shipping trades and support the global economy. I wish them every success as they embark upon their professional careers”.

The maritime industry’s top employers and sponsors attended the ceremony and included: Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, Bibby Ship Management (W. Europe) Ltd, BP Maritime Services, BW Fleet Management AS, Carisbrooke Shipping Plc, Carnival UK Plc, Chiltern Maritime, Clyde Marine Training, Maersk Crewing Ltd, NYK LNG Ship Management (UK) Ltd, Princess Cruises, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Saga Shipping Company Ltd, Sealion Shipping Ltd, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Trinity House and Viking Recruitment Ltd.

The officer cadets were each individually handed ceremonial completion certificates on the night by Andrew Hair, Director of the Academy. In addition, special awards were presented to the deck and marine engineer officer cadets who had performed to the highest standard throughout their cadetship and whose overall attainment in theoretical and practical elements is assessed as being outstanding among their peers by the Academy's lecturing staff.

The winners of these highly acclaimed awards were:

  • Deck Cadet of the Year 2013 was awarded to Jonathan Short, Ship Safe Training Group.
  • Marine Engineer Cadet of the Year 2013 was awarded to Michael Hontoir, Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The ceremony can still be viewed online, click here.

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