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Tuesday 27 October 2015

Solent graduate wins Marine Society Award

This month is a great one for former Warsash Maritime Academy students, with the second in a matter of weeks having been presented with a prestigious award.

Bari Khan, who studied HND Marine Engineering and BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management at Solent, has won the Marine Society Award for Outstanding Achievement and Lifelong Learning.

The award was presented at the Annual Court of the Marine Society and Sea Cadets (MSSC), at the Clothworkers’ Hall in London on Wednesday 14 October. On the same day, former Warsash student David Barfoot was presented with Officer Trainee of the Year.

Captain Amir Esmiley MBE, principal surveyor at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Bari Khan and Captain Roger Towner, head of seafarer services and ship registration at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency.

Selected for the award in recognition of his career ambitions and progress, Bari has already won several other awards: the Warsash Maritime Academy Marine Engineer Cadet of the Year in 2009, the Warsash Cadet Prize and the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers and British Petroleum Award for Apprentices.

Bari said of the MSSC: “I am inspired by the work of the Marine Society as they strive to help seafarers of all ranks and backgrounds achieve their potential.

“I am indebted for the support and look forward to working with the Society in the future.”

After graduating from Warsash the first time, Bari sailed deep-sea until 2013, when he was granted the Worcester scholarship by the Marine Society to study BEng (Hons) Marine Engineering and Management, again at Warsash.

Speaking of his ambitions for the future, he said: “My intention is to work as a surveyor and then return to sea with the knowledge and experience I gained ashore to add greater value to my sea-time as I work to progress to the rank of chief engineer.

“I also intend to study psychology at degree level and combine this with my engineering background to conduct research at sea.”