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We were delighted to attend the open morning for students held at IMO HQ on 23 September to mark World Maritime Day.
The theme this year was 'maritime education and training' and focussed on the quality and importance of training as the foundation for a safe and secure shipping industry, as well as the continued professional development for seafarers and those working in the wider maritime industry.
To promote this theme to the next generations, students were invited to attend two open mornings at IMO HQ where they could find out more about the many careers in the global maritime industry, both at sea and ashore, through talks and interactive activities. Member States' officer cadets were also encouraged to attend and serve as role models for students considering a career at sea.
Along with with colleagues from Solent University, we attended the open morning which hosted around 160 secondary school students from London's international schools. During the morning, the students were able to get involved in interactive sessions to learn more about ships, their cargoes, industry regulations, careers at sea and more. Our commercial manager, Alan Cartwright, gave a talk about careers at sea in the Merchant Navy and what's involved in officer cadet training and we were pleased to speak to so many young people at the exhibition afterwards who were interested in finding out more about a career at sea.
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