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28/08/2019 10:37 AM

Port Authority calls for cadets

Port Authority of New South Wales is seeking the next young seafarer to join its two-year cadet program.

The Sponsored Deck Cadet Program is a two-year course that helps participants gain the 18-months of sea-time experience that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires for a Watchkeeping Certificate.

Image: Twenty-five year old Matias, Port Authority’s second cadet, keeping watch
from the bridge of a merchant vessel.

Cadets on the program gain valuable seagoing experience on merchant vessels in maintenance, mooring, bridge watch-keeping, navigation, passage planning, security and various shipboard management systems.

Launched in August 2018, the cadetship was the idea of Port Authority’s marine pilots who recognised the need to help young people into the maritime industry and to build the Australian maritime skill base.

The intention is that the cadets progress to become deck officers on merchant ships and ultimately achieve their Master qualification, affording them options to fulfil maritime leadership roles ashore.

Applications for the new cadet role are open now and close at 5pm Friday 20 September 2019.

So far, two cadets have joined Port Authority’s cadet program who have each secured places on vessels at sea to help propel them into the industry.

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