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Wednesday 5 February 2014

Over 750 visit WMA open day

Record numbers of visitors turned up at Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA), part of Southampton Solent University, to their careers at sea open day on Friday 24 January 2014.

More than 750 visitors attended the Academy’s open day. Potential future captains and ships’ officers  from the UK and overseas found out what a career in the maritime industry has to offer and the training programmes necessary to qualify as a ship’s navigation, engineer or electro-technical officer in the merchant navy and the superyacht industry.

Record turn-out for maritime careers day

Visitors had the opportunity to find out more about the life of a merchant navy officer, take command of a ship in the bridge simulator, navigate a passage using electronic chart, walk through a virtual engine room on a ship, watch fire fighting demonstrations and observe students at work in the engineering workshop.

Potential cadets were also able to meet the shipping companies responsible for offering funded officer cadet training and recruitment including:  Anglo-Eastern (UK) Ltd, Bibby Ship Management (WE) Ltd, BP Maritime Services, Carisbrooke Shipping Ltd, Carnival UK, Chiltern Maritime, Clyde Marine Training, Maersk, Princess Cruises, Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Ship Safe Training Group, Viking Recruitment and Wilsonhalligan Large Yacht Recruitment.

“We are really encouraged to see record numbers of visitors at the academy’s open day, which is great news for the shipping industry,” says Andrew Hair, Director of Warsash Maritime Academy.

“The maritime industry remains buoyant and offers exciting career opportunities for the right candidates. British ships’ officers have an excellent worldwide reputation and career prospects at sea or back on land are superb,” he added.

According to information provided during London International Shipping Week 2013, in 2011 shipping created 48,000 UK jobs and contributed to almost £5.6bn to UK.

Register for WMA’s next careers open day on Friday 27 June. More information about the merchant navy cadet scheme and careers in the maritime industry can be found on theWarsash Academy website.

About Warsash Maritime Academy

Warsash Maritime Academy (WMA) – part of Southampton Solent University – has provided first-class education, training, consultancy and research to the international shipping, commercial yacht, offshore oil and gas, and renewables industries for almost 70 years. The Academy provides internationally recognised certification programmes for both deck and engineer officers from cadet level to Master (Captain) and Chief Engineer. It also offers short safety courses to develop skills such as fire fighting and sea survival, and continuous professional development modules for more experienced officers. The use of bridge, engine room and liquid cargo operations simulators are offered for higher level training, including their specialist ship handling training centre, of which it is one of only three major facilities of its kind in the world.