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Tuesday 1 July 2014

Warsash officers celebrate at Summer Passing Out Ceremony 2104

Warsash Maritime Academy’s 126 newest officers celebrated their achievement at the Summer Passing Out Ceremony at Southampton Guildhall on Saturday 28 June 2014.

The event marked the completion of a three-year training and education programme for navigation and engineering officer cadets at the Academy.  The newly qualified officers will be embarking on their chosen careers in worldwide shipping, working with some of the most prestigious employers in the cruise, cargo, container, oil and gas sectors.

The event also welcomed representatives from many shipping organisations, friends and family of the officer cadets and Warsash Maritime Academy staff. The ceremony was filmed and streamed live via the Academy’s website so that officer cadets’ families could watch and enjoy the occasion live from around the world.

Andrew Hair, Director of the Academy, said, “The cadets have every reason to be proud, not only of what they have achieved during the last three years, but also of the importance of the work they have been trained to do. Their skills and expertise, and those of other professional mariners like them, will sustain the world’s shipping trades and support the global economy. I wish them every success as they embark upon their professional careers.”

The maritime industry’s top employers and sponsors attended the ceremony and included: Anglo Eastern (UK) Ltd, BP Maritime Services, BW Fleet Management AS, Carisbrooke Shipping Plc, Carnival UK Plc, Chiltern Maritime Ltd, Condor Marine Services Ltd, Clyde Marine Training, Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers, Maersk Marine Services Ltd, Nigeria LNG Ltd, NYK LNG Ship Management (UK) Ltd, Princess Cruises, Rio Tinto, RCL Cruises Ltd, Sealion Shipping Ltd, Shell International Shipping Services Ltd, Ship Safe Training Group Ltd, Subsea 7, Trinity House and Viking Recruitment Ltd.

The officer cadets were individually handed ceremonial completion certificates on the night by Andrew Hair. In addition, special awards were presented to the deck and marine engineer officer cadets who had 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.

The winners of these highly acclaimed awards were:

  • Deck Cadet of the Year 2014 was awarded to Jonathan Billot, Chiltern Maritime Ltd for Trinity House
  • Marine Engineer Cadet of the Year 2014 was awarded to Thomas Branley, Ship Safe Training Group for Lafarge Tarmac Marine Dredging Ltd