02/08/2018 09:30 AM
Port Authority launches cadet program
Port Authority of New South Wales launches cadet program to help seafarers take the next step in their maritime career.
Port Authority of New South Wales has called for cadets to join a newly launched program for seafarers starting out in the maritime industry.
The Sponsored Deck Cadet Program will help participants get their sea-legs through a two-year course that will help them gain the 18-months of sea-time experience that the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires to achieve a Watchkeeping Certificate.
Port Authority has partnered with a number of shipping companies to offer cadets placements on various merchant ships, backed with the support of a Port Authority mentor.
Image: Navigation and passage planning will be just some of the skills learnt by
cadets in Port Authority’s two-year Deck Cadet Sponsorships.
The cadets will be able to gain valuable seagoing experience in maintenance, mooring, bridge watch-keeping, navigation, passage planning, security and various shipboard management systems.
The idea for the program came from Port Authority’s marine pilots who recognised the need to bring more seafarers into the industry 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.
Two cadetships are being offered at launch with the potential of the program expanding after evaluation.