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On 24 June, 128 officer cadets marked the completion of their three-year merchant navy training and education programme with a passing out ceremony at Southampton’s O2 Guildhall. The cohorts celebrating their achievement were: September 2014 deck foundation degree, September 2014 deck HND, September 2014 deck HNC, September 2014 engineer HNC, September 2014 engineer HND, and January 2015 engineer foundation degree.
The evening was also attended by the cadets' families and friends, as well as sponsors and representatives from shipping organisations, and staff from the University and the Academy.
The guest of honour was Doug Barrow, Director of UK Ship Register and an ex-Warsash officer cadet. He congratulated the new officers in a heart-felt speech, and spoke of their passing out as a “major accomplishment, and a proud moment for families and friends”.
Captain Syamantak Bhattacharya, Director of the Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, gave the welcoming address and presented the certificates. He said: “It takes a lot of hard work and determination to get to where they are today. We wish these newly qualified officers every success as they embark upon their professional careers in worldwide shipping”.
As always, cadets played an important role in organising their passing out ceremony. Hannah Rosson, Rachel Horsfall, James Hughes, Greg Hedges, Michael Pitman, Joseph Timmins, Danielle Blackburn and James Stockbridge were all on the organising committee. The address and vote of thanks on behalf of the officer cadets was given by Derek Blyth (January 2015 engine foundation degree), David Dale (September 2014 deck foundation degree) and Sam Pook (September 2014 deck HND).
The maritime industry’s top employers, sponsors and professional bodies attended the ceremony, and included: Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, BP Shipping, Carisbrooke Shipping plc, Carnival UK, Chiltern Maritime Ltd, Clyde Marine Training Ltd, Maersk Crewing Ltd, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Institute of Navigation, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Technip, The Corporation of Trinity House, Viking Recruitment and V.Ships.
During the ceremony, several awards are presented. The awards are testament to the recipients’ outstanding performance and contribution to their officer cadetship. This year’s winners were:
Deck and engineer officer cadet of the year – the deck and engineer cadets who have 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.
Deck: Sam Farrow (Ship Safe Training Group for Boston Putford) Engineer: Gregory Hedges (Ship Safe Training Group for P&O Ferries Ltd)
The Matthew Flinders Navigation Cup – awarded to the deck cadet who has best contributed to the ideal: 'to promote excellence in navigation'.
Kuma Fidelis Tyumbu (Clyde Marine Training for BW Gas)
Royal Institute of Navigation's John Milner Prize for Navigation – award for foundation degree deck cadets, sponsored by The Royal Institute of Navigation
William Hatch (Viking Recruitment for Holland America Line)
The Isambard Brunel Engineering Cup – awarded to the marine engineer cadet who has best contributed to the ideal: 'to promote excellence in engineering practice'.
Tom Baxter (Maersk Crewing Ltd)
The Warsash Association Commendation for Individual Achievement – awarded to an officer cadet who has demonstrated exceptional motivation, effort and determination to bring their cadetship to a successful conclusion. The prize-winner receives the sword of honour. In addition, the prize-winner receives an engraved cup, framed certificate and five years' complimentary membership to the Warsash Association - a prize generously donated by the Warsash Association.
Rebecca Collins (Ship Safe Training Group for P&O Ferries)
This passing out ceremony has brought the total number of cadets who have completed their Merchant Navy training at Warsash this academic year, to of 216. We wish all of our new officers the best of luck in their future careers in worldwide shipping.
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