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SAMSA Cadet Training Programme

On Tuesday, 25 October 2011 South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) together with the South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) bid farewell to 16 Cadets who will be going to sea to complete their training as Seafarers. The Cadets (NAMES) are part of the SAMSA CADET PROGRAMME which is in line with the SAMSA skills development programme.

Following the launch of the SAMSA sponsored cadet project earlier this year, the number of reputable companies participating in the project has continued to grow to the extent that the 2011 intake of cadets has been fully recruited.

The objective of the project is to obtain training berths with reputable companies on the basis that these companies bear no training costs, other than victuals, whilst providing training to South African cadets. The benefit to these companies is that once qualified as Officer of the Watch in full compliance with International Maritime Organisation’s (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification and Watch Keeping for Seafarers (STCW) regulations, these cadets are available for employment by these same participating companies.

Safmarine container Lines, Smit South Africa, Columbia Ship Management, Klaveness Ship Management, Bernhard Schulte Ship Management, Odfjell Makana, and Seaspan Corporation, DAL/Essberger and Amistad ERRV are current participants in the project and making a significant contribution to its success.

Feedback on the cadet’s performance, motivation and commitment has thus far been very positive.

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